➡️ Written review & photos from the Canon 10-18mm STM: http://amzn.to/1L6ZTMW
Let’s start this video off and talk about the build quality of the Canon 10-18mm STM.
Now this Canon 10-18mm STM is actually quite different to a lot of other ultra wide lenses. Traditionally they’ve been very heavy and quite large.
The Canon 10-18mm STM on the other hand is incredibly light and almost a petite lens.
But I don’t mind that, I think it will be great for travel.
Some of that weight loss is due to the fact that we’ve got a plastic mount on the bottom, rather than a metallic mount.
That’s a little bit disappointing, but just be careful when you put it on, and you’ll be ok.
As we move along to the front of the Canon 10-18mm STM, we’ve got a nice zoom ring which is quite large for the size of the lens and also, just like many other stm lenses, a very nice focus ring. It’s full time manual focus as well.
One other feature i’m very happy that they’ve included is Image Stabilization.
Sure on an ultra-wide lens it might not be so important, but it’s very nice to have especially for video work.
Now normally in my videos, I like to test out the bokeh of the lenses I review, but it’s not so much of a thing with the Canon 10-18mm STM
Because we’ve got such a wide angle lens and relatively slow aperture, it’s quite difficult to get any sort of out of focus area.
But as you can see here, if you get close enough to your subject you can get a bit of bokeh.
But that’s not why we have this lens is it.
Now I’d like to demonstrate the focal range of the Canon 10-18mm STM for you.
Now a typical kit lens on a crop sensor body like the Canon t3i or 70d, generally starts at 18mm which is good for day to day photography.
But as you can see the Canon 10-18mm STM finishes at 18mm and goes all the way back to 10mm, a really really wide angle.
Again here it is at 18mm.
Now at 14mm.
And all the way to it’s widest angle of 10mm.
Now to be fair, this isn’t a lens that I’m going to use everyday. So what purposes are good for this lens.
Well this lens could great for a few different things. For instance Real Estate photographers nearly always use wide angle lenses to increase how large a room or property looks.
Ultra wides can also be used for landscapes and weddings and another great use for this lens could be on a stedicam or gimbal for video work.
Add in the Image Stabilization and STM motor and it could be a perfect match up for moving video.
Let’s talk about the image quality now.
Overall i’ve been really quite impressed with the Canon 10-18mm STM, especially for the price.
It’s decently sharp and all focal lengths, especially if you use Image stabilisation.
We do have a little be of Chromatic Aberration, but nothing we can’t fix in post and it is quite easy to get flares with this lens, especially if you knock its aperture down.
Distortion is actually handled quite well for an ultra wide and there are many charts online to show you the varying levels of it.
One thing to note is that unless you have a tripod, this lens might not be your best bet in low light conditions. It’s max aperture of f5.6 is getting on the slow end and might result in grainy or blurry images.
Overall i’ve been very impressed with the Canon 10-18mm STM, and when you now consider the price as well, it becomes very attractive.
Amazon have been selling this lens for as low $249 which compared to the competition, is incredibly low.
It’s almost at a price where you could pick one up to have in your bag for a just incase moment.
Sure it’s build quality isn’t like a tank, but for the price, it doesn’t need to be.
So overall i’ve really loved this lens, it’s a real bargain for anyone who wants to get started in ultra wide angle photography.