I recently bought a Promaster 11-18mm Digital XR EDO Aspherical Auto Focus Zoom Lens.
I tried to do some research before buying but was unable to find any ratings. I paid in the neighborhood of $500 new. It was listed for around $1000. I was interested in the Tamron 11 - 18mm but the store I buy from was out of stock.
The Promaster seems to be a really good lens but with my lack of knowledge/experience it's tough to say.
I know it's after the fact but if anyone has any feedback on this Promaster type of lens (11 - 18mm) or the company itself, please let me know.