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In Topic: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 STM IS

25 July 2014 - 06:23 AM



Could be a bit heavy handed on quick post processing on my part or could be as I said I practically shot these in the dark.


I'm sure those who read DxO and other spec sites will try and compare this lens to the new Canon 16-35mm F4L IS (which looks great) and other Canon or Nikon expensive lenses. The highly favored Tokina 10-17mm when it came out was pooh poohed a bit since it was "only" $600.00".


If you read any Canon 10-18mm IS STM tests this lens tests darn good not even figuring the low cost. Not everyone is going to buy a Nikon D810 / Canon 5D MK III and mega-$$$$ lenses was all I was sharing.


I see a lot of defects in shots posted by mega buck cameras and lenses as well......Somehow if a photographer has spent more their snapshots become "stunners" LOL......Or it also could be post processing, different monitors etc.


I have access to various WA lenses including the Canon 8-15mmF4L, popular Tokina 10-17mm and Sigma 15mm Fisheyes. But I'll be taking this as my primary WA in the Philippines next month as it can do nice double duty above and below.


To each his own as I stated :)



In Topic: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 STM IS

24 July 2014 - 12:51 PM

Phil and other interested Canon Rebel SL1 / 100D shooters,


Yes, this is the standard Ikelite port included with the Ikelite housing. There is a dedicated zoom sleeve available now and you put the camera body in and lock the back, then slide the lens and zoom sleeve in  the front.


Slide the port on and you're good to go.  I had full zoom from 10-18mm and with the 1.6X APS-C cropped sensor  it's equivalent to 16mm which is wide enough for me.


More test shots in brighter conditions coming soon.



In Topic: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 STM IS

24 July 2014 - 09:37 AM



Quick shots Tuesday night from a Boy Scouts "Try Scuba" event.......

Shot practically in the dark 8:00 - 9:30 PM pushed to ISO to 800 and of course young boys trying scuba was like herding cats for photos :)
Please ignore any water droplets on the dome, backscatter, hoses and one scuba rig being used in a "politically incorrect" backpack........Was mine I gave up since so many Scouts signed up.......
I confess to not being a 100-200% corner sharpness junkie. As long as the main part(s) of my image is sharp and exposed I simply don't care. the file sizes here may or may not look super defined but on my iMac 21.5" monitor are great.
To each his own!
I think the Canon 10-18mm IS STM lens is great for not only surface shooting but especially wide angle UW images...............Maybe not as sharp in the very extreme corners as a Fisheye but for 95% of my shooting it's fine. 
Being inexpensive and a newer design lens WITH IS (image stabilization) it focuses fast. The photos looks sharper to my eye than the older and more expensive Canon 10-22mm EF-S lens. 
I'll be using it a lot in the Philippines !

In Topic: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 STM IS

19 July 2014 - 08:21 AM

Crazy Badger,


Already have it and shot a lot of surface pics...Great bargain even at super low cost.


Pool shot planned  next week with my Ikelite Canon Sl1 system. I don't expect razor sharp corners or slightly as wide as the popular Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye, Sigma 15mm or Canon 8-15mm Fisheye lens I shot in Bonaire in May. 


That's fine for me as it can serve double duty as a rectilinear surface lens.


Stay tuned.



In Topic: Ikelite Canon 100D / Rebel SL1 : review ?

12 July 2014 - 06:19 AM



My opinion on WA lens choices is this:


* If you absolutely NEED or WANT the full 10mm of the popular Tokina 10-17mm lens then Bill's dome is tops...........Preset the lens at 10mm and go for it......But zooming the Tokina in to about 11-12mm in the standard Ikelite dome isn't bad either....


* The popular Sigma 15mm Fisheye on a cropped sensor SLR like the Canon Rebel SL1 / 100D is still very nice too........A friend will be shooting his Sigma 15mm in the Philippines on his Canon SL1 early September.


* The Canon 8-15mm F4L lens is super spectacular and can be used in the Ikelite dome preset at one focal length......I shot it at 12mm in the Ikelite dome and was very happy with the results. Bill may make a "tuned" version of his dome for this lens too.


* Finally, the inexpensive Canon 10-18mm IS STM rectilinear lens will be a great choice for Canon Rebel SL1 / 100D shooters..........It's a great surface lens and while not as wide as the fisheye choices will work well for land and UW shooters wanting to own one WA lens.....


Sample pics below from some of the fisheye choices.........First 4 pics Tokina 10mm in Bill's dome, then Sigma 15mm Fisheye (1 shot) and then a Canon 8-15mm Fisheye at 12mm (1 shot).


Also some more photos at this link. Same group of WA lenses and even some Canon 18-55mm IS STM "kit" lens shots.......A darn capable little camera....