If you shoot a Canon camera with a crops sensor and want a Canon branded wide angle lens for cityscapes, seascapes and landscapes there are only two lenses you should consider. Okay, there are others but there are wide angle lenses but the two that should be at the top of the list are the Canon 10mm – 18mm and the Canon 10mm – 22mm.
The Canon 10 – 18 and Canon 10 – 22 lenses side by side:-
The Canon 10mm – 18mm is perfect if:
You are on a budget. The Canon 10mm -18mm lens is an affordable lens (that is almost half the cost of the Canon 10mm – 22mm lens) making it the perfect choice for those on a tight budget, or those photographers who simply cannot justify the higher price tag of the Canon 10mm – 22mm.
You don’t need to shoot any longer than the 28.8 (effective) focal length. The Canon 10mm – 18mm has an effective 28.8mm focal length at the long end which is fine if you want a wide field of view and don’t want to zoom in any tighter. Many landscape photographers like to maximise the field of view and will seldom use the long end of wide angle zoom lenses, and if this is your style of landscape photography this lens will be the ideal choice.
You want the smallest and lightest package. The Canon 10mm – 18mm is a tiny lens making it discreet (i.e. not a “look at me” lens) and portable too. If you need to hike any distance to get the landscape shots you desire travelling light is a bonus, and with this lens you can. As a comparison the 10mm – 22mm is around 60% heavier and 15% longer than this lens.
The Canon 10mm – 18mm lens is available from Adorama, Amazon (US), eBay, Amazon (UK)
If you want to evidence of the types of photos you can capture with the Canon 10mm – 18mm lens take a look at this Flickr photo pool.
The Canon 10mm – 22mm is perfect if:-
You want the best image quality. The build quality of the 10mm – 22mm is noticeably superior to the 10mm – 18mm, so this is the lens to get if you want the best image quality. I have read reviews from Canon 10mm – 18mm owners saying the image quality is identical to the 10mm – 22mm, but this is a total fallacy. As a user of both of these lenses you will have to trust me on this, the image quality of this lens is superior, and this is reflected in the higher price tag.
You want the best build quality. Once again, the build quality of the 10mm – 22mm is the better out of the two lenses. The reports/reviews stating the 10mm – 18mm lens has the same image quality as the 10mm – 22mm also (funnily enough) suggests the build quality of the two lenses is identical. Unfortunately, this is not correct and I can assure you the 10mm – 22mm lens is the clear winner on the build quality front too, and this is also reflected in the higher price tag of this lens.
You like the 35mm (effective) focal length. The Canon 10mm – 22mm lens has an effective focal length of 35.2mm at the long end, which is a popular (and versatile) focal length. If you want to shoot at this focal length this lens allows you to do it.
The Canon 10mm – 22mm lens is available from Adorama, Amazon (US), eBay, Amazon (UK)
If you want to see what this lens is capable of you may want to take a look this Flickr group photo pool.
Quick round up of the Canon 10mm – 18mm and Canon 10mm – 22mm wide angle lenses
Both the Canon 10mm – 18mm and the Canon 10mm – 22mm are great lenses but they are aimed at totally different markets, i.e. the 10mm – 18mm lens is aimed toward the budget end and the 10mm – 22mm is aimed toward the higher end of the market. The 10mm – 22mm is superior to the Canon 10mm – 18mm in every way, but then this is to be expected and to compare these two lenses side by side is unfair.
There are many photographers out there who seem to think the Canon 10mm – 18mm has the same image quality and build quality as the Canon 10mm – 22mm, and that they are the same essentially the same lens but with different focal lengths. This is a fallacy and the two lenses are different.
Both the Canon 10mm – 18mm and the Canon 10mm – 22mm lenses are worth buying and both are leaders in their class, and the market they are towards. I guarantee you will be happy with either lens, but I think (providing it is within your budget) you will be happier with the Canon 10mm – 22mm lens.
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