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July 24, 2014
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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Review (ephotozine)

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

I think this is the next lens I will get next. For $299 the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM offers a lot for Canon’s APS-C DSLRs.

I know this lens (and this kind of lenses) is considered “cheap” by someone, and not suited for serious photography. I do not entirely agree. Canon’s L lenses are obviously some steps above lenses like the mostly plastic-made EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. Nevertheless, the ultra-wide angle EF-S 10-18mm weights 240g, making it a perfect travel companion. You should always resonate about how often you need a more professional (and hence expensive and heavier) lens. For most photographers, a lens like the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is perfectly suited for more than 90% of their photographic settings and needs.

ephotozine reviewed the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. Some excerpts:

  • Autofocus is very swift and precise and virtually silent
  • The lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics
  • At maximum aperture and 10mm sharpness is already outstanding
  • Distortion is pretty well controlled for an ultra-wide zoom lens

In the conclusion they write:

It is quite amazing that budget lenses like this are able to deliver image quality you’d expect from top of the range,professional quality glass from a few years ago. This lens delivers excellent sharpness, low CA and reasonable distortion, which is fantastic for a lens costing under £300.

ephotozine’s review has test charts, sample pics, and more information. The lens was tested on a Canon EOS 70D.

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July 8, 2014
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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Video Review (DigitalRev)

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM (16-28.8mm equivalent) is one of those lenses where Canon shows what they can do (when they want) and how much engineering skills they have when it comes to lenses. DigitalRev’s Kai reviews the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM in a hands-on video review.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM was announced a few weeks ago, and is a high performing ultra-wide angle lens for APS-C DSLRs at a bargain price. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM sells for $299/€280 and is in stock almost everywhere (check links below). Kudos to Canon for making such a good lens and for selling it at an affordable price.

Photozone‘s verdict on the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM:

[...] Canon showed once more that the quality crown still belongs to DSLR systems – even and especially regarding low cost lenses. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM may be very slow but it is darn sharp in the relevant aperture range. In fact it is every bit as good as the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM here … at half the price! The amount of lateral CAs is well controlled. In critical scenes (e.g. architecture) you will be able to spot some barrel distortions at 10mm but we’ve seen a lot worse here. The only significant weakness is vignetting especially at 10mm.

At a price of $299 the EF-S 10-18mm delivers a lot of band for the bucks!

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EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6

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July 5, 2014
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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Video-Review (DigitalRev)

Says DigitalRev’s Kai:

Do you really need image stabilisation in an ultra-wide angle lens? Canon seems to think so. We take a look at the new 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and ponder how this compares to the 16-35mm f/2.8L and the 17-40mm f/4L USM

Find it out watching the 5:31 minutes video above.

The new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS is in stock and ready to ship at Adorama | B&H Photo | DigitalRev.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS

Specifications (taken from Adorama‘s product page)

  • High performance L-series ultra-wide zoom lens in a compact design and Optical Image Stabilizer for up to four stops of correction
  • Three aspheric lens elements, including a large-diameter aspheric lens, help correct aberration.
  • Two UD lens elements help reduce chromatic aberration from the center to the periphery throughout the entire zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces are optimized to help minimize ghosting.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water intrusion, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Inner focusing and ring USM for silent, fast and accurate autofocusing
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.92 ft/0.28m across entire zoom range.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
July 5, 2014
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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Review (Photozone)

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS

The new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS is in stock and ready to ship at Adorama | B&H Photo | DigitalRev.

Specifications (taken from Adorama‘s product page)

  • High performance L-series ultra-wide zoom lens in a compact design and Optical Image Stabilizer for up to four stops of correction
  • Three aspheric lens elements, including a large-diameter aspheric lens, help correct aberration.
  • Two UD lens elements help reduce chromatic aberration from the center to the periphery throughout the entire zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces are optimized to help minimize ghosting.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water intrusion, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Inner focusing and ring USM for silent, fast and accurate autofocusing
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.92 ft/0.28m across entire zoom range.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

Photozone tested and reviewed Canon’s new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS lens. In the verdict they write:

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 USM L IS is definitely a step forward for Canon. The lens is capable of delivering an impressive performance throughout most of the range but especially between 16-24mm. The center quality is stellar here and the borders and even corners are sharp. It can’t really reach the same level of peak performance at 35mm but it’s no slouch either here. Canon has mastered the handling of lateral CAs – while not completely absent, they are low unless the contrast change is really extreme. The vignetting is typical for a lens in this class so you have to live with visible light falloff at f/4 especially at 16mm. Image distortions can be disturbing at 16mm but if needed you can apply auto-correction in the more popular RAW converters.

Performance appears to be noticeable improved in the 16-20mm range, Photozone recommends the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS over both the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.

The review comes with plenty of graphs and lab measures, be sure not to miss it.

[via Photozone]

July 2, 2014
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Quick Comparison: Canon 16-35mm f/4 vs Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8

Learningdslrvideo made a quick comparison between the new Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS and the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. The Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS was announced a few weeks ago.

June 9, 2014
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Yet Another Review Of The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM (Video)

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is on the best way to become a best seller. Very good performance at a more than affordable price. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM sells for $299 and is in stock at Adorama and B&H Photo. Kudos to Canon for making such a good lens and for selling it at that price.

German photographer Michael Schmidt posted a video review of the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. The lens was tested on a Canon EOS 70DMichael Schmidt writes:

- makes optically nice & sharp pictures
- great wide-angle look 
- great & silent Auto-focus works smooth in Video-mode
- good Images stabilizer (IS)
- good close focus range … almost macro feel to it
- works good for taking stills
- good price (around 270 EUR in Germany and $299 in the US)

con’s:
- manual focus ring is small and has no hard stops or markings on it so its a bit hard to manually focus
- non-constant aperture 
- built quality is not the best / its not exactly weather sealed 
- does not come with a Lens Hood

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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