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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 - The New Real Estate Photography Lens

Published: 18/07/2014

canon11-18mmI got a great reader question today from Felix that deserves it's own post. His question was:

In May you mentioned the Canon EF-S 10-18mm was coming. Now that it is here, has anyone evaluated it against the Canon 10-22 for Real Estate? I presently have a Canon 600D with a Sigma 10-20 lens. I'm thinking about getting a 70D with the 10-22 lens but am wondering if the latter is worth the extra $300.

I did some quick research to see what people are thinking about this new lens. It's been available for just over a month. Here's what I found:

  1. Ken Rockwell reviewed it and says, "...this lens has no competition. Every other ultra wide lens for Canon's APS-C cameras is optically inferior, can't focus as close, has no IS, and costs at least twice as much."
  2. review says, "In fact it is every bit as good as the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM here ... at half the price!
  3. Michael Schmidt of Chemnitz, Germany reviewed it and likes it.
  4. There are 9 customer reviews on Amazon. 7 of them gave it 5 stars and 2 gave it 4 stars.

So as I told Felix it looks very likely that this lens may replace the Canon 10-22mm as the most popular real estate photography lens. This lens is getting a very positive reception. Is there anyone out there that has used it for real estate yet?

Update 8/1: On 7/30, Adobe released Lightroom 5.6 which has the profiles for this lens.

Larry Lohrman

16 comments on “Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 - The New Real Estate Photography Lens”

  1. Not sure if you only want comments on that particular lens but I use the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and although it doesn't have image stabilization, it is faster and very sharp.

    Its hard to beat the price, if I didn't already have the Tokina I'd certainly consider this lens.

  2. The IS is probably not going to be very useful on a focal length this wide. Especially for RE where one is usually on a tripod.

    The sample photo that Ken Rockwell posted using the lens at 10mm shows much less (none) vignetting compared to my Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm. The Sigma 10-20mm on the used market is about $300, the same cost as a new copy of the Canon. The downside on the cost is that the lens hood is a separate $28. I wish Canon would include hoods with all of their lenses. has them for rent at $48/week including shipping. I didn't see them listed at BorrowLenses.

  3. Well now, How does all this compare to my Canon Full Frame camera with my EF 16-35 ƒ2.8? Any opinions other I invested too much money?

  4. Win, they aren't comparable. The full frame setup cost six times of the entry level setup. I would hope for better quality, but doubt six times the quality improvement. It just depends on what you are after. Competing against cell phone photos taken on the fly, there won't be enough difference in the two setups to matter. Spending the extra money will only give you bragging rights. But if you've got the money and would rather use the full frame setup, that's what I would do.

  5. Yes!
    I needed to buy this lens right after I heard that it is available and bought it from the Calumet shop here in Hamburg Germany (Calumet fortunately survived in Germany).
    I already own a Canon EF-S 10-22mm, EF 17-40mm L, TS-E 24mm II and EF-M 11-22mm. Together with my Canon EOS 100D it’s the lens I can keep in my car all the time and I don’t have to worry so much about that it could get stolen like I would about my 5DIII and more expensive lenses.

    Even if the build quality is quiet poor (compared to my L lenses and the EF-S 10-22mm) the quality of the photos is on the same level with the EF 17-40mm L and the EF-S 10-22mm.

    For the price it’s a no brainer and I’m very happy with the results so far. I’m waiting for the next Lightroom update because the lens correction profile is still missing.

  6. I have been using a 5D MK II with the 16-35 lens with very good success for the past several years. We recently had a big job in Utah, sent a team and our three 16-35s and our only 17mm tilt shift ended up there to be used for the shoot. As luck would have it a local job popped up and I realized I didn't have an adequate lens to handle the task. Rent! Off to nearby Samy's Camera for a rental... I had at my disposal a 5D MK II body so logic would demand another 15-35... I don't know what drug I must have taken but instead I purchased a Sigma 10-20mm. I had recently read a review by someone boasting about how good it had worked out for them. I have a 50D in mothballs and have always loved that camera. Lighter and always seemed to produce crisp images. Why not?!?
    So with the 50D and the New Sigma 10-20mm I did the shoot. Here is what I found.
    1. File size was perfect at the largest setting shooting in RAW for non-commercial shoots
    2. Images were IMO sharper than the 15-35mm using the 5D MK II
    3. Overall package cost (5D with 10-20mm vs. 5D MK II with 16-35mm) less than 1/2.
    4. Customer satisfaction - Never noticed any difference is quality.

    The point I am trying to make here is that it is not so much what is the newest or best price but on the output quality for your needs. Some of the old 'dogs' can be excellent tools.
    I noticed in the comments above someone stated the Canon EF-S 10-18mm has no IS.
    Most Real Estate Photography is done using a tripod. IS is the last thing you want to have or at least turned on at least when shooting on a tripod. You WILL end up with blurred images due to the internal feedback loop with the lens attempting to stabilize!

  7. Larry, Thanks for your help with this question! You guys are incredibly generous with your knowledge. That along with the books and video's made available by you, John, and Scott have been invaluable.

  8. I was about to buy a second 10-22 as my old one is on its last leg and is still needed on the C100 and SL1. This should be a great steady cam lens.

  9. I just picked this up and it looks promising. I am just starting out and this seems like it was a great option for the price. However, I did notice that lightroom doesn't have a profile for it yet so you have to adjust it manually. Here's to hoping the preset comes soon!

  10. @Rasveer - I'm sure there will be a profile soon... this is going to be a popular lens!

  11. @Steve - It isn't ideal to try to use this lens on a Nikon. For a list of alternatives for your D3000 look at the Nikon 1.5x section in my lens table:

  12. can somebody tell me if I can put a new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens on my d3000 and get good results for RE photos ? Would it be better to stick with Nikon?, and if so, what do they make in comparison ? Do I need a camera with more pixels, or is my Nikon D 3000 enough ?

    Thanks from a true noobie, i'm sure this won't be the last question I ask...

  13. My main camera is a 6D but haven't necessitated another FF as a backup so I currently have a 60D. This lens may be the perfect backup for us architectural photographers who have an APS-C as a secondary.

  14. Does anyone have any first hand comparisons between the Tokina 11-16 DX (original, not DX II) and this lens? I'm curious if I would stand to gain any better results by switching to the 10-18. It's so darned affordable, it's kind of hard to pass up! I currently shoot with the T3i (600D).

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