Review: Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

I am playing with the Canon 10-18mm wide angle lens since some time now and thought it is time to review it.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ($299.99) may feel like a budget lens thanks to plastic construction (including its lens mount), but its feature set and the images it captures tell a different story than budget.  There’s some light distortion at the very wide end, but given its price tag and the general quality of photos it’s an easy lens to recommend for wide-angle Canon photographers and video takers..

Its field of view is roughly equivalent to a 16-29mm zoom on a full-frame camera, and while the 1.8x zoom ratio sounds modest, the change in angle of view is amazing when zooming over that range. It can focus as close as 8.6 inches, which can create a dramatic effect in the right settings. An ultra-wide lens like this isn’t ideal for subject isolation with a blurred out background, especially when coupled with a narrow f/4.5-5.6 variable aperture. But nevertheless this lens is working very well for what I take pictures of. lens1

The lens has two control switches, one to toggle between manual and auto focus and another to enable or disable the stabilization system. The image stabilization system, which you don’t often see on a lens with this wide of an angle, is also helpful for video; it keeps handheld footage smooth and steady.

Here a few pictures taken with this lens:

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The Bottom Line:

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is an affordable ultra-wide lens that includes images stabilization and an STM focus motor, both useful for video.

Quality:4 Stars (4 / 5)
"weight:5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
"Value4money:5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

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