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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.

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