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Thoughts on the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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10-18 bannerRecently, when I say recently I mean a while ago, Canon released a new Ultra Wide-Zoom lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. A great addition to their plastic silver ringed EF-S series of kit lenes essentially completing it. With all the lenses combined you would have a focal lenght of 10-250mm ( 10-18mm, 18-55mm, and 55-250mm) – excluding the monster 18-200mm zoom lens of course. At only $300 or ฿10,900 in Thailand it is the cheapest ultra wide-zoom available. Good news for the beginners who don’t want to shell out over 20k in baht or $400 for its closest counter part (sigma 10-20mm).

Although, personally, the images from the lens aren’t anything special, it is very capable of delivering quality images. The two things that really bother me is the floating aperture, being a beginners’ lens it is to be expected. Every since switching to fix f/2.8 lens I vowed never to usea floating aperture lens again, but this just maybe the exception. In wide angle lenses wide apertures don’t make that much difference in terms of bokeh, and they are already easier, by default, to shoot at slower shutter speeds. Additionally, this lens possesses the closest focus at 8.6 inches or 22cm. The shortest focus distance among ultra-wide angle lens.

This lens offers everything the other competitors have to offer, the only lens that I would say is still better is the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. Still it is the only lens to have IS and on top of that STM, making it perfect for continuous auto focus in video being completely silent during focus adjustments. The image quality is just as good if not better then the Tokina, of course it is newer too.

The Tokina is still, in my opinion, the best ultra-wide zoom lens being the only to offer a constant f/2.8, but just barely. The Canon 10-18 is definitely a very close second at less than half the price of the Tokina. For many this lens has claimed king of the wide angles – for crop sensors of course, full-frame lenses is a different story to tell.

Sample Images Via – DPreview

via – DPreview


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