Florida based photographer Darren Miles decided to take a look at the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 low cost ultra-wide zoom lens.
A few months ago Canon announced a cheap EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 lens for crop cameras. The logic behind this lens is to create an inexpensive alternative to their other ultra wide angle lenses (a well as some more expensive 3’rd party ultra wide angle glass).
Miles gave the lens a decent mark for build quality (especially given the low cost – just keep in mind it has a plastic mount), the AF got even better marks which is really nice although typically not that important for an ultra wide lens (most of the stuff will be in focus anyway and in many cases you will be stopping down to f/8 or even f/11). As for image quality – given the low cost the results seems very pleasing.
The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 STM – small, light and inexpensive – but pretty surprising
So at the end of the day – if you are on a budget or simply do not use ultra wide angle that much but do need it from time to time, the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 is a pretty good option (just remember that it won’t be the best option for low light situations – although the built in image stabilization can help a bit).
You can get the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 for just under $300 at Amazon.
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