If you want a camera lens with a flexible wide-angle zoom along with a compact form factor, then Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM will be the right choice for you.
This 16-28.8mm equivalent lens is designed for Canon’s EF-S-mount DSLRs. The best thing about it is that now photographers can work with a reduced size lens without compromising on optical quality.
This is because this compact lens is employed with a four-group zoom design together with one ultra-low dispersion element, one aspherical element, and one large-diameter element in order to produce high quality, sharp, and clear imagery. These features make this lens void of chromatic and spherical aberrations.
Moreover, this lens also has a Super Spectra coating which helps to suppress flare and ghosting so that contrast and color neutrality can be increased. Then to benefit both stills and video applications, there is an STM stepping AF motor which leads to a smooth and near-silent autofocus performance and also provides full-time manual focus override.
Also, this lens comes with a four-stop-effective Image Stabilizer system which reduces the appearance of camera shake to result in sharper handheld shooting.
Above is just a gist of features this lens has. Now we will look at all the features in detail to understand what makes Canon EF-S10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens so special?
First, we will discuss the Wide-angle zoom this lens features which gets more in every shot, every time. So the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM gives you an ultra-wide perspective for all your APS-C-format Canon EF-S-mount DSLRs with its 16-28.8mm equivalent focal length range.
Thus, it allows users to easily capture expansive landscapes and imposing architecture without a hitch. In comparison, a standard lens covers a range of 18-55mm, which is only able to capture ordinary images. So if a photographer wants to expand their photographic capabilities, then this lens is for him!
Secondly, Canon has introduced ways to successfully reduce chromatic aberration, flare, ghosting, and distortion all in one go in this lens through its Anti-flare technology.
It is able to do this because it features one ultra-low dispersion glass element which minimizes chromatic aberrations and color fringing resulting in high clarity and color fidelity. Then it also has an aspherical element to limit spherical aberration and distortion which result in accurate rendering and greater sharpness.
Then its individual elements are coated with Super Spectra which minimizes ghosting and flare and enhance contrast and color neutrality, especially when shooting in strong lighting conditions. So now shots can be captured without worrying about the sun interference, as all the unwelcome areas of low contrast and orbs of color are removed thanks to the Super Spectra Coating.
All this means that photographers have less to worry about and can concentrate more on enjoying the view while shooting freely. So what more can anyone ask for?
Next is the Optical Image Stabilizer which this lens employs that helps in minimizing the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops. This advanced IS technology makes the lens more capable of working with both slower shutter speeds and low-light and also helps the photographers in capturing the moment at first try.
Then it sports a stepping AF motor which includes near-silent STM technology, thus resulting in quick and quiet autofocus. This means that photographers can now continuously focus without the noise of a focusing motor being recorded with the surrounding sounds.
The STM motor is further complemented by a rear focus system, a high-speed CPU, and advanced AF algorithms, which all lead to fast AF performance. Then this lens also provides you with full-time manual focus override so that you can twerk with your creativity whenever you want.
It also has a Rounded seven-blade diaphragm which delivers a pleasing out of focus quality by benefiting from the use of selective focus techniques and shallow depth of field.
This lens is also very versatile. You can capture anything with it. It is not made for just one genre rather you can experiment with any type of photography with it. From architecture and travel photography to landscape and wildlife photography, this lens can capture anything that is happening in front of you.
Be it moments on lively streets of your town, sweeping Landscape views, emotional events, you can cherish them forever with this lens whenever you find them (from dawn to dusk). This lens can beautifully capture hillsides and seascapes while it can also highlight the details of city landmarks and urban architecture. It can bring any scene to life.
Whether it is beautiful structures, imposing monuments, towering cityscapes, or traveling landmarks, this lens can help you treasure all these spurs of the moment memories.
Coming on to the build quality, this lens from Canon EF-S STM IS lens family doesn’t fall short. It resembles its siblings and like all canon cameras it is nicely-built and features a large and easy-to-use zoom ring. The size and design make it nothing but the best as it is significantly smaller, compact and lightweight than the rest of the competitors.
The material used to construct it is also of top-notch quality. Even the EF-S STM barrels are made of quality engineering plastic. This enhances the reliability and durability of this lens. It also has usual ribbed-rubber-covered rings which are very smooth with no play. The size of the zoom ring is also on point.
The rotational resistance of the zoom ring is also good and works well for this range. Lastly, this lens has a very attractive finish as well. It looks classy and overall is a beauty to own. So all in all this Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a good investment and works like a pro.
What’s in the Box?
• 1 x Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
• 1 x Canon E-67 II 67mm Lens Cap
• 1 x Canon Lens Dust Cap E (Rear Lens Cap)
• 1 x Limited 1-Year Warranty
Image size: APS-C
35mm film equivalent focal length: 16-29 (mm)
The angle of view Horizontal: 97°10′ – 64°30′
The angle of view Vertical: 74°10′ – 45°30′
The angle of view Diagonal: 107°30′ – 74°20′
Number of diaphragm blades: 7
Min aperture: 22-29
Closest focus distance: 0.22 m
Max magnification: 0.15x (at18mm)
Image stabilizer: 4.0
AF actuator: STM
Filter diameter: 67 (mm)
Max diameter x length: 74.6 x 72.0 (mm)
Weight (g): 240
Magnification with Extension Tube EF12 II: Compatible
Magnification with Extension Tube EF25 II: Not Compatible
Extender Compatibility: Not Compatible
Summing it up, this Canon wide angle lens is just the right lens for everyday photography. Its ultra-wide-angle zoom and small size allows users to fit more in their shot and takes less space in their backpacks.
Its compact and lightweight design makes it ideal for travel while its versatile features add impact to landscapes, sharpen up cityscapes and add color to skies.