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Canon EF-S 10mm-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM good wide angle upgrade?

 
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Nov 12, 2014 10:46 |  #1

I have the 18mm-55mm kit lens on my T2i right now. I also have the 50mm 1.8, but was looking for something a little more wide angle.

Would the EF-S 10mm-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM be a good upgrade without spending $800+ on an 17mm-40mm F/4 "L" wide angle, for example.

I really just want to try out a wider angle before I decide if it's something I want to deal with, let me know what you think.

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Nov 12, 2014 11:03 |  #2

Buying the 17-40mm would only give you an extra 1mm on the wide side.

The 10-18mm is a very good lens for the money, and if you decide not to keep it I'm sure you wouldn't have too much issue reselling it.


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Nov 12, 2014 11:11 |  #3

The EF-S10-18 looks a great option if you want a cheap ultrawide as long as you don't expect a high level of build quality (it's pretty plasticky, even the mount is plastic). Optically it seems very good, particularly at landscape apertures and it has IS too; you can't go far wrong for the price IMO. The 17-40L is not ultrawide a on crop sensors, even the EF-S15-85 is wider and is meant as more of a wide-short tele zoom. Other options are the EF-S 10-22 and SIgma 8-16 among others but few are as cheap and well specified if you can live with the build. Sounds ideal for your requirements.


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Nov 12, 2014 11:19 |  #4

The 10-18 is an awesome lens, and arguably the best ultra wide angle lens available for a crop sensor (there aren't many options for 10mm lenses around...). It is very easy to get sharp landscape shots with it... even handheld thanks to the IS. This one was taken handheld at 10mm, and in a slightly precarious position with a huge drop to my right...


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Nov 12, 2014 11:36 |  #5

nighthawk82 wrote in post #17267498 (external link)
The 10-18 is an awesome lens, and arguably the best ultra wide angle lens available for a crop sensor (there aren't many options for 10mm lenses around...). It is very easy to get sharp landscape shots with it... even handheld thanks to the IS. This one was taken handheld at 10mm, and in a slightly precarious position with a huge drop to my right...

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Nov 12, 2014 11:40 |  #6

skwty wrote in post #17267426 (external link)
I have the 18mm-55mm kit lens on my T2i right now. I also have the 50mm 1.8, but was looking for something a little more wide angle.

Would the EF-S 10mm-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM be a good upgrade without spending $800+ on an 17mm-40mm F/4 "L" wide angle, for example.

I really just want to try out a wider angle before I decide if it's something I want to deal with, let me know what you think.

Thanks!

The closets camera store is 175 miles one way from my front door step.
But when I do get the big city normally I stop in the camera store and buy accessories.

The owner of the store is always showing me some really neat lenses or the latest and greatest equipment.

One way of figuring out which lens you want is go to the camera store,
Pace out a distance take a photo with your 18- 55mm snap off a picture or 2,
then ask to see the lenses you are thinking of buying.
mount that lens on your body go to the exact same spot you paced out and snap of a few frames.
After doing this with every lens that you are thinking about buying take your camera home .
Down load the pictures and then study the pictures and see which lens best suits your style.

I would also take one other factor into account, if in the future you plan on moving into a full frame body then that may make to buy lenses that will also fit a FF body.

A STM 18-55mm or a EF-s 10- 22mm lens will NOT fit on a FF body.


Good luck in your choice that you make, and if you lived close to me I would let you try out the lenses I have to help you find the right lens for you.
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Nov 12, 2014 11:43 |  #7

farmer1957 wrote in post #17267530 (external link)
The closets camera store is 175 miles one way from my front door step.
But when I do get the big city normally I stop in the camera store and buy accessories.

The owner of the store is always showing me some really neat lenses or the latest and greatest equipment.

One way of figuring out which lens you want is go to the camera store,
Pace out a distance take a photo with your 18- 55mm snap off a picture or 2,
then ask to see the lenses you are thinking of buying.
mount that lens on your body go to the exact same spot you paced out and snap of a few frames.
After doing this with every lens that you are thinking about buying take your camera home .
Down load the pictures and then study the pictures and see which lens best suits your style.

I would also take one other factor into account, if in the future you plan on moving into a full frame body then that may make to buy lenses that will also fit a FF body.

A STM 18-55mm or a EF-s 10- 22mm lens will NOT fit on a FF body.


Good luck in your choice that you make, and if you lived close to me I would let you try out the lenses I have to help you find the right lens for you.
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Both lenses will technically FIT or "mount" onto a FF body; whether or not you get decent results is a different story. :)


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Nov 12, 2014 11:47 |  #8

For $299 I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the 10-18. Great quality and fun to use. Here's one on my 60D (same sensor as yours)

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Nov 12, 2014 12:30 |  #9

The EFS 10-18mm is quite a bargain for an ultra wide. You are probably not going to find anything better at that price. And forget about the 17-40L -- it's a nice cost-effective UWA solution for a full frame camera, but doesn't offer you anything over your 18-55mm kit lens regarding focal length or maximum aperture. If you want something with better build quality than the 10-18, look at the Canon EFS 10-22mm. It's an excellent lens, but probably twice the price.


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Nov 12, 2014 17:55 |  #10

Aressem wrote in post #17267539 (external link)
Both lenses will technically FIT or "mount" onto a FF body; whether or not you get decent results is a different story. :)

they don't fit without doing some modifications to the mount...the 10-22mm mod is easy...to me the 10-18mm mod would be a lot more difficult, isn't the whole mount plastic? that would involve quit a bit of work

third party lenses would mount, and with a 1.4TC can be used on FF cameras


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Nov 13, 2014 09:46 |  #11

DreDaze wrote in post #17268299 (external link)
they don't fit without doing some modifications to the mount...the 10-22mm mod is easy...to me the 10-18mm mod would be a lot more difficult, isn't the whole mount plastic? that would involve quit a bit of work

third party lenses would mount, and with a 1.4TC can be used on FF cameras

I did the mod to my 10-18mm STM. You have to remove the 4 screws holding the mount to he lens, and then use a cutting tool to remove the protruding part of the EF-S mount.

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Nov 13, 2014 22:53 |  #12

I am super happy with my 10-18. I previously had the Sigma 10-20 but then realized it wasn't worth spending 400 dollars on lens that I barely used. I sold that and got the 10-18 and was super happy with it once I received it. For almost the same focal length and for less money, I couldn't be more happier with it.


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Nov 14, 2014 02:44 |  #13

Save for a Sigma 10 - 20 f3.5


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Nov 14, 2014 06:02 |  #14

Scott M wrote in post #17267631 (external link)
The EFS 10-18mm is quite a bargain for an ultra wide. You are probably not going to find anything better at that price. And forget about the 17-40L -- it's a nice cost-effective UWA solution for a full frame camera, but doesn't offer you anything over your 18-55mm kit lens regarding focal length or maximum aperture. If you want something with better build quality than the 10-18, look at the Canon EFS 10-22mm. It's an excellent lens, but probably twice the price.

Agreed. Calling it the best is a stretch, but it is a bargain. The 10-22mm is excellent as well, both have slight advantages depending on priority.

For a much more versatile lens you might consider the EF-S 15-85mm. It's an excellent quality lens, one of the best. 15mm will give you quite a bit over your current lens and the long end is great to have too. I have both and seldom use the UWA.




  
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Nov 14, 2014 16:43 |  #15

nighthawk82 wrote in post #17267498 (external link)
The 10-18 is an awesome lens, and arguably the best ultra wide angle lens available for a crop sensor (there aren't many options for 10mm lenses around...). It is very easy to get sharp landscape shots with it... even handheld thanks to the IS. This one was taken handheld at 10mm, and in a slightly precarious position with a huge drop to my right...

Excellent! Thanks for the photo sample and I appreciate the input.


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