YouTuber lens Canon 10-18mm in review during daily use. I’m often asked what camera you use for YouTube, what you film your VLOGs with, and what video equipment the big YouTubers use. If I got along with my video equipment so far very well, then just with the new VLOGs but simply a small problem arose. There just wasn’t enough of the mood to capture. A new wide angle lens, the CANON 10-18mm was necessary. My previous lookbooks I filmed with a Canon 5D Mark III, plus appropriate lenses, but if you carry everything yourself and it is already a nice weight.
CANON 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM lens
My videos I film since the spring with the new Canon EOS 80D, which I have already presented to you in a blog post separately. The kit lens Canon 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 is very quiet and is just perfect for daytime use. I also used the kit most recently at Photokina. Good image quality, through the dual autofocus also always sharp in videos for YouTube.
The only problem for vloggers with the combination – the arms are either just too short or the whole face doesn’t fit on it – another wide angle lens has to be used.
Of course, the requirements when you want to shoot a VLOG are often a bit different. The total package of DSLR camera and lens (and often plus microphone) must not be too heavy. that’s why I initially chose the CANON 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 for my new videos and not the faster CANON 10-22mm f.3.5-4.5 lens, because it is more than twice as heavy.
The Canon 10-18mm only weighs 240 grams as a zoom lens (without additional filters) and currently costs about 220 EUR (e.g. at Amazon). With the favorable entry-level price, it is therefore also well suited for beginners or occasional filmmakers.
The alternatives with a fixed focal length are ruled out, as these often start at 24mm (compared to the 18-135mm lens).
Of course, you can’t compare the Canon 10-18mm lens to L-series lenses, but that’s not the point. The lens’ light output is less suitable for YouTubers who often shoot in their own homes without additional lights, often shoot video in the evening, or even shoot in places that are difficult to light. However, if you’re looking for a cheap ultra-wide angle lens, brighten up your living space with inexpensive LED lights anyway, you may have found the Canon 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 a great addition to your YouTube kit.
With the current street price of 220 EUR, the lens is looking for its competition, the image stabilizer already included, the weight with 240 grams even comparable with many fixed focal lengths (such as Canon 50mm f1.8) and in addition very quiet and very fast autofocus.
If you want to use the lens in conjunction with a microphone for your videos, you won’t hear any annoying focusing noise on the video. I use either a cordless mic version or my RODE video mic, which is in the hot shoe on the Canon EOS 80D, as mics.
A usable ultra-wide-angle lens for under 300 EUR (MSRP) – what’s the catch?
Due to the design for the APS-C sensor, the actual focal length with the lens is 16-29 mm, which is still very good enough for many landscape shots, for VLOGs it is independent anyway and gives the video viewer a good opportunity to get more of the YouTuber’s life.
Of course, the light intensity of the lens is not outstanding, but from aperture f7.1, the sharpness is just perfect for the price and for the low weight. Only at the edges does the sharpness drop off minimally.
CONCLUSION – CANON 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM – Perfect for YouTubers?
If you’re looking for a wide-angle lens for your daily VLOGs, don’t want to carry a lot of weight, and still want good imaging performance for a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong with the CANON 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM.
The lens is suitable for daytime use and can also be used on Canon’s entry-level DSLRs – such as the Canon 1300D or the Canon 600D as well as the most widely used Canon cameras for YouTube, the Canon 700D and 750D, the Canon 760D and more recently the Canon 70D, or 80D. Only on the full-frame cameras, the lens cannot be used directly.
For these cameras, such as the new CANON 5D Mark IV, then the new CANON 16-35mm f4 lens is suitable, which I will soon introduce to you again separately on the blog or on the YouTube channel.