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Gear Reviews

Canon’s New 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Unboxing & Initial Thoughts

By Anthony Thurston on June 14th 2014

When Canon announced the new EFS 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 several weeks back, I think that many of us were surprised to see the inexpensive price tag. According to the lab test, MTF, and other lens test results, this is an great lens optically. For only $299, a serious consideration needs to be given. DSC_0114 I just got my hands on the new lens last night for the first time, and so it’s now time for a quick unboxing and initial thoughts post on the new Canon 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM.

Canon 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Unboxing and Initial Thoughts Video

As I mentioned in the video, this lens is completely plastic, and while built well, should not be expected to hold up to much – if any – abuse. I obviously can’t comment on the image quality or optics, given that I have not had much chance to shoot with it yet. But, if what I have seen from other sources holds up in my own testing, then this is definitely a lens that anyone with a Canon crop body should consider. Obviously, the F/4.5-5.6 variable aperture is not great for low light situations, but for daytime or long exposure shooting, this lens would likely make for a great option. The image stabilization and STM motor should pair this lens up nicely with something like the Canon 70D for video shooters.

Initial Thoughts Highlights/Recap

  • All Plastic, including the lens mount
  • Front Element extends/retracts based on focal length
  • AF/MF switch feels solid
  • IS switch feels solid
  • Zoom ring is very smooth, does not stick
  • Focus ring is smooth, does not have any hard stops
  • Features a 67mm filter thread

DSC_0121 Overall, I am impressed with this lens in every way. The only downside, as I have mentioned multiple times, is the build quality. This is simply not a lens that I can recommend to pros or semi-pros who need a lens to take abuse and keep on working. But if you just need a good wide angle lens with great image quality for the occasional shot or shoot, then this is definitely a lens that you should consider. Stay tuned for my full review on this lens in the coming weeks, and as always, if you have any specific questions about this lens feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. William Emmett

    Hello all, I think Canon developed this lens to fill a nitch in the Kit Lenses. There is not a lens of this nature in the low priced kit products. Start looking for this lens to show up as a multi-kit lens for the Rebel line of cameras. The Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens has been know to have “almost” L quality optics without the “L” quality seals. You will never see a Canon EF-S f?L lens.

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  2. Eric Sorensen

    While the build quality is sub par, the MTF charts for this lens says this is not a “toy” lens. The 10-22mm looks like a cheaper lens with it’s more prominent barrel distortion, CA, overall lack of sharpness, etc. Also, I don’t like the fact that build quality (body, not glass) is what determines a pro lens from a beginner lens. Can’t pro’s hold onto their lenses? I have some VERY plastic lenses in my bag, but I don’t make a habit of hitting people with them or dropping them. Yikes.

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  3. Matt Walsh

    I still the lack of quality is brutal for a beginner. The quality of Sigma is miles above Canon’s entry level.

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  4. Matt

    Nikko, i think you answered your own question there mate. In aus the 10-22 retails for $749 where as the new 10-18 is 449. For someone new to the game that is a big price difference. There is no harm in being spoilt for choice.

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  5. Nikko

    Other than the benefits of price and IS, why did they need to make this lens? There wasn’t anything wrong with the 10-22mm.

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  6. Daniel

    It looks like a marketing ploy to pick the pockets of the amateur and hobbyist photographers out there. This should be put next to the canon 50mm f/1.8 in price”$110.00″. I would love a wide angle but, why would I waste the money on that when I could save a little and get the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. This lens looks like a toy in my opinion. Good review Anthony Thurston

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