New Canon EF-S 10-18 IS STM!

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Sean MacDonald
We just received today our first order of the new Canon 10-18 STM lens. I think this will be a very popular lens for the APS-C (crop) sensor crowd. The lens is an EF-S lens, which means that it is not compatible with full frame cameras (5D, 6D, 1D). However, there are many out there shooting Rebel series and the 50D, 60D, 70D, cameras who will find this lens very useful. And for only $299 and boasting the new STM motor, many people may find this in their camera bag.

First off, Canon previously has not offer an ultra-wide angle zoom lens for under $500. The most popular ultra wide lens before this was the Canon 10-22 USM. Don't get me wrong, it's a great lens but many find the $599 price tag a bit out of reach. Now with this 10-18 STM lens weighing in at only $299, it offers a similar ultra wide option on a smaller budget.

Secondly, what makes me excited about carrying this lens is the STM focus motor. These motors and absolutely silent! Many time I find myself checking the AF/MF switch to make sure the lens is in auto focus mode because I cannot hear if it is focusing. But the biggest advantage is shooting video.

Quiet STM motors are important for shooting video, but there is more to it than that. If combining the new dual pixel AF in the 70D with an STM equipped lens, the auto focus in video mode is worlds ahead of anything else in a DSLR. These two systems were designed to communicate with each other and there is virtually no "hunting" or "searching" when auto focusing. You really have to compare a 70D and T5i side by side to see how much better this new system is.

This lens is also the last piece of the puzzle for a complete focal range kit for this category. Canon now has three lenses that fit together perfectly in focal range 10-18, 18-55, 55-250, and all of them have Image Stabilization as well as STM motors. I think many hobby photographers as well as cinematographers will end running this three lens kit and enjoying it.

Below are some sample images shot with a Canon T5i. The first is shot at 18mm, exactly where the "kit" 18-55 lens starts. The next shot is at 10mm, the widest end of the 10-18's focal length. Normally 8mm does not sound like that much, but the lower the number (10mm vs 100mm), the bigger the difference you will see.

Canon EF-S 10-18 IS STM @18mm

Canon EF-S 10-18 IS STM @10mm

You can see from the photo above at 10mm, there is not too much distortion. The edges are not significant stretched like many ultra-wide lenses, and there does not seem to be too much vignetting. Both of these issues are common on lenses this wide. I wouldn't be afraid to take a group shot and have someone close to the edge of the frame.

Overall, I think it was a very solid move for Canon to manufacture this lens. It has been a category that has been hard to fill for a long time (ultra-wide, without an ultra high price tag). We will try and keep these in stock as best we can. For more info, feel free to stop in our store or visit our website.

If you are not familiar with our camera store, we are located in Dubuque Iowa, and specialize in new and used camera equipment, as well as camera rental, lens rental, and photography classes and workshops. Feel free to contact us at (563) 845-7207, or visit our website at www.everyphotostore.com 
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