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Compact and Lightweight Ultra Wide-angle Zoom Lens – EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

A long-awaited ultra wide-angle zoom lens has been newly added to Canon's EF lens lineup - the EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. In this article, I will explore the appeal of this lens, which is equipped with the IS feature to address camera shake, together with actual shots. (Reported by: Ikuko Tsurumaki)

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Ideal for Capturing the Wide Expanse of Landscapes According to What We See

Canon has just released a new wide-angle lens for its entry-level users, the EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. This is a long-awaited item for users who have wanted "to capture the wide expanse of landscapes according to what they see". Many users of models such as the EOS 100D and EOS 700D are likely to be using a standard zoom lens with a focal length range of 18 to 55mm and a telephoto zoom with a range of 55 to 250mm. By adding to these a ultra wide-angle lens equivalent to 16mm at the wide-angle end in the 35mm format, they will be able to enjoy a wider range of photographic expression, such as dynamic shots of a wide landscape or photos with a strong perspective effect.
The EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is compact and light, an important consideration for users who emphasise on portability. It can be carried around easily in a small camera bag, so you can concentrate on the shoot without feeling stressed or tired when you want to take street photography with as few items as possible, or when you are on a trip. It makes a well-balanced match with the EOS 100D, which is also designed to be compact in size and light in weight.
The EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is also the first wide-angle EF-S lens to come with the IS (Image Stabilizer) feature, which makes it possible to capture handheld shots of an evening view, illumination at night, or at a dimly-lit indoor location, for example. It also boasts high-speed and quiet AF performance, which captures the subject speedily and responses smoothly.
Not only is it compact, lightweight and built in with the IS feature, the price is also reasonable. Make use of this wide-angle lens to challenge new styles of expression.

By comparing its size with the EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (henceforth "10-22mm"), a wide-angle lens with a similar focal length range, you can easily tell how compact the EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is. It is 8.9mm smaller in the maximum diameter and 17.8mm shorter in length than the 10-22mm, and weighs about 145g lighter. Needless to say, this is an attractive item for those who place importance on portability.


EOS 100D/ EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL:18mm (equivalent to 29mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/60 sec., f/14, +1EV)/ ISO 100/ WB: Daylight

Soothing scenery formed by the emerald green of the sea and the lush greenery. The focal length at the telephoto end of this lens is 18mm, which is equivalent to 29mm in the 35mm format. With this focal length, you can obtain a natural angle of view and a reasonable degree of perspective effect.


EOS 100D/ EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL:10mm (equivalent to 16mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/400sec., f/16, -0.7EV)/ ISO 100/ WB: Daylight

A beautiful scene at a port town in the evening. There were rippling clouds floating in the sky, and sunlight was reflected from the sea surface, with waves formed by the moving boat of a fisherman who had just returned from a hard day's work. I set the focal length to 10mm at the wide-angle end to convey the expanse of the sky and the sea.


EOS 100D/ EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL:10mm (equivalent to 16mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/125sec., f/11, +0.3EV)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto

I ran into this cat as I was strolling on the island. Leading a laid-back life, both the people and the cats here were hardly on guard against strangers. This low-angle shot taken at the wide-angle end of 10mm conveys the peaceful life of the subject.

Ikuko Tsurumaki

Born in Tokyo in 1972, Tsurumaki started learning photography while working with an advertising agency, and became a photographer after her career as an assistant. She is currently engaged in activities including photo shoots for magazines, writing articles, and conducting photography lectures and seminars.

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