Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
Light in build, light on the wallet Lens mount Canon EF- S
Carrying around additional lenses is no fun when they’re big and heavy. This relatively new offering from Canon is refreshingly small for a DSLR-style wide-angle zoom, and is less than half the weight of either of the two competing Sigma lenses on test. Part of the weight loss is thanks to a plastic rather than metal mounting plate, but overall build quality feels reasonably robust nonetheless.
Typical of many recent Canon lenses, it features an STM (Stepping Motor) autofocus system which, in this case, is fast for stills, smooth for video capture and near-silent in operation.
No lightweight in terms of performance, this lens matched or beat Canon’s pricier 10-22mm lens for sharpness in our tests, throughout its zoom and aperture ranges. Colour fringing is also less noticeable and barrel distortion is well-controlled at the short end of the range.
Digital Camera verdict
Less than half the price of Canon’s older 10-22mm wide zoom for APS-C cameras, this lens adds image stabilisation. It’s the more attractive buy for an own-brand Canon.