Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens - In response to demands of photographers, this standard zoom lens is designed with Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology while retaining the compactness and lightness of previous models. Its stabilization allows sharp hand-held shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than otherwise possible. It consists of 11 elements in 9 groups and uses an spherical lens element to correct aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range and a circular aperture for exquisite rendering of out-of-focus backgrounds. Without a lot of size, weight or cost, this lens expands picture-taking possibilities any time slow shutter speeds are needed.

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3.8

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Super-sharp images (14)
  • Fast auto-focus (13)
  • Superior build quality (6)
  • Light weight (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Poor build quality (9)
  • Slow auto-focus (8)
  • Semi-sharp images (5)
  • Rotating front element (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great standard zoom for Entry Level DSLR

I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit...Read complete review

I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit that I'm very satisfied. The IS works as advertised, 0.5 seconds w/18mm and 1/6 seconds w/55mm are no problem. When I was in London last year, I was able to shot a bunch of free-hand panorama photos at the River Thames bank, which I merged into one panorama which decorates my office now.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent Start

Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one...Read complete review

Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one that zooms in & out like this does. Even outdoors with good light, that 5.6 aperture at 55mm does a number on your shutter speed and I'm guessing that's why IS is built into it. Indoors, unless you have a tripod, really good lighting or have a very steady form, you will notice some blur, even with IS on. If you buy this with a body, it's good to help you test and experiment, but if you get a body with no lens, don't bother getting this as your first. Still, if you're new and get this with a body, use it to help you understand aspects of photography & lens technology.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By 

from Long Island NY,United State's

Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

I bought this lens with a camera as a kit,have been looking at this brand for several year's finely bit the bullit and i'am so happy I did this camera and the two lens that came with it are amazing I have another brand SLR and will never use it again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NO WAY...YES WAY!!!

By 

from East Tennessee

Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

T3i purchased after long consideration given to cost and options...Best choice in a camera for this 45 year plus career photographer among the last four digital purchased.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Throw away lens I should have waited

By 

from Walhalla, SC

Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

The lens was included with a kit and is no longer included with the T4i kits with good reason! If I knew how poorly it was built and noisy it was (useless shooting video unless you use a external mic) yes it's loud might as well shoot video next to a passing freight train, as for the build I have never seen anything made by Canon built so cheap! I though it was a counterfeit lens at first until I read others reviews if I knew canon was going to remove it from the kit and replace it with a STM version I would have waited! I had to buy a new STM lens to shoot video, I don't know what Canon was thinking when they included this piece of plastic pretending to be a Lens.

 
5.0

Nice lense

By 

from Milan, Indiana

Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

I'm still learning how to use this lens but I'm very pleased with it.

 
5.0

So Happy I did

By 

from Botkinburg,Arkansas

Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

Just by others reviews alone sold me on this camera. I have No regrets!! Takes Beautiful pictures. Having a Lot of Fun with this camera

 
5.0

Good for landscapes, buildings

By 

from Wisconsin

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • takes good photos at night
  • Wide Angle

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

      Good all-around general purpose lens, versatile enough for many situations. Relatively light weight. Good for a walk in the woods because it can capture a decent wide-angle landscape shot, yet still take a great close-up photo of an object along the trail, such as a flower. Limited zoom means it cannot get a close-up of distant wildlife, so if that's your target, you will need to consider a different lens. This lens works great for fitting buildings into the frame when standing close. I have taken some beautiful night shots of cityscapes with this lens using a tripod and long exposure.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Okay lens

      By 

      from Florida

      Pros

        Cons

        • focus easily obstructed
        • Poor build quality
        • Semi-sharp images
        • Slow Auto-Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

          This lens came with the camera I bought. I found it to be easy to work with when adjusting the basic settings such as auto/manual focus and turning the stabilizer on and off. I found that when shooting, a lot of pictures did not come out as expected due to the slow lens. I'd suggest this lense for beginner portraits, but nothing moving. The focus is easily broken, and it is extremely slow on auto focus.

          (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Kit Lens + for Learning DSLR

          By 

          from Undisclosed

          Pros

          • Super-sharp images

          Cons

          • Slow Auto-Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

            This is the kit lens that came with my Rebel T3i. Overall, I think it serves its purpose well. The T3i is an entry-level DSLR, and this lens pairs well with it as a learning lens while newbies to DSLR figure out what exactly they're doing. The lens + camera combo is a huge step up from my Canon Powershot ELPH 300; the image quality is excellent, and it's much more versatile. So, the pros about this lens: it gives you enough zoom to experiment with both wide-angle/landscape shots as well as portraits and other close-ups. People get into DSLR for different reasons, so it's reasonable that Canon would pick a kit lens with versatility rather than confining people to a one-trick wonder. The IS does wonders, especially in low light. Now, the cons--and not all of them are really cons. The build quality does, admittedly, seem to be on the cheap side. But come on, it's a kit lens, and its retail price-point is at the very low end of the range for all Canon lens. So this shouldn't come as any surprise, and isn't worth causing a fuss over. More critical, however, is the autofocus: it's very finicky, and frequently has to hunt (which is slow and time consuming), especially in low light or low contrast situations. Honestly, I've found it easier just to focus manually; but I think that's more a reflection of me being too impatient to learn how to tell my T3i where I want it to focus (it's rather tedious to change zones) than anything else. I'm also not generally looking to capture the big action shot, so a fast autofocus is less critical to me. All in all, I've taken some amazing photos with this lens and am very pleased with it. Is it the greatest lens? No. Will I be upgrading it soon? Absolutely. But that's probably part of the idea behind most kit lens: give you something that's good--even very good--at many things but not the greatest at anything so that consumers are tempted into purchasing upgrades. Recommended as a kit lens (on the assumption you don't own any other lenses of higher quality), but not as a separate purchase (since Canon makes better quality lenses that are more tailored to your individual needs at prices comparable to this or that aren't all that much more).

            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice Walk Around Lens

            By 

            from VA

            Pros

            • Fast auto-focus
            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                I got this w/ the T3i. I actually have no complaints about this lens at all. It delivers sharp images almost throughout. It is very versatile, and can shoot Macro shots, okay portraits, and ok zoom shots. I personally do alot of outdoor photography, and this does pretty good, but doesnt zoom enough for Birds, deer, etc without getting pretty close. But for Macro shots, I have been enjoying this lens alot and was suprised that it could do so well! I have already bought the 50mm 1.8 prime lens, which is perfect for portraits, and shows better colors and Bokeh in images. But my next purchase will be a better quality telephoto zoom lens to get a little more distance on my shots for further away subjects. Overall a Nice Walk-around/all-purpose lens. No complaints and love the IS!

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great kit lens. Slow ...

                By 

                from Twentynine Palms, CA

                Pros

                • Easy to use

                Cons

                • Poor build quality
                • Semi-sharp images
                • Slow Auto-Focus

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                  Great kit lens. Slow auto-focus misses in anything less than perfect lighting. The images are good quality, but not as sharp as I'd like, even under pretty decent lighting. BUT, it's easy to use and to learn with. For the price, the images are great. It can be used in most situations, and I will probably keep it on hand because of that.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Lense noise with auto focus

                  By 

                  from california

                  Pros

                  • Fast auto-focus
                  • Super-sharp images

                  Cons

                  • noise while taping

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                    nice lense, however don't like the noise on auto focus when video taping. Very loud. The kit should of came with the better lense with less noise. Other then that great lense

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love My Lens!

                    By 

                    from Indianapolis, IN

                    Pros

                    • Fast auto-focus
                    • Superior build quality
                    • Super-sharp images

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                        After years of loving my Canon SLR 35mm camera and the quality of my pics, but increasingly finding it difficult to buy the film and processing I wanted, I took the plunge into DSLR. I love my camera and lens. They aren't heavy to cart around, and I can switch lens in a flash. Have only had it one one trip, but can't wait for the fall colors to explore even more!!

                        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Camera

                        By 

                        from New York

                        Pros

                        • Fast auto-focus
                        • Superior build quality
                        • Super-sharp images

                        Cons

                        • not good at a distance

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                          I love the camera, so far. I do wish I could take far awy pictures better. I wish is came with a strong zoom lens. they are very expensive. I was able to clear some distance pictures with the program that came with it. The pictures so far are beautiful but the camers is made for close-ups.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Purchase

                          By 

                          from Davis, Ca

                          Pros

                          • Superior build quality
                          • Super-sharp images

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                              This is the second time I have Purchased this lens. I first bought it as a kit lens wit Canon 300D a few years ago. I have many fond memories of taking many fine photos encompassing portraits, landscapes, animals and birds. Right now with several L series lenses and some others I did not need this lens but it is very handy for walks with my dog. Excellent purchase for a very small price. photos come out very sharp.

                              (1 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              exp EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

                              By 

                              from Western part of Texas, hot& dusty! LOL

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Poor build quality
                                • read - non canon reviews
                                • Semi-sharp images
                                • Slow Auto-Focus

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                                  I gave the kit lens 1 star simply because I had little use for this lens. This is the kit lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II. This would be better: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens + this hood: Zeikos ZE-LH52 52mm Soft Rubber Lens Hood (Black). Yes, BOTH are cheap lenses but it is more useful than the kit lens, for me. I shoot more kids, family, portraits, etc. & the bokeh is great, This is just my 2 cents. I had more use from the nifty fifty & T2i in 2 weeks than 2 months with the kit lens. Please give us a choice Canon. Gil

                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  2ND TIME AROUND MUCH BETTER.

                                  By 

                                  from LAS VEGAS/HENDERSON NEVADA

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast auto-focus
                                  • Image Stabilization
                                  • sharp at 18mm
                                  • Super-sharp images
                                  • Very lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • drop off @ 55mm

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                                    VERY VERY LIGHTWEIGHT LENS FOR KIT BAG. GREAT IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM. VERY VERY GOOD IMAGE QUALITY. FAST AUTO FOCUS WITH GOOD LIGHTING. BUILD QUALITY SEMI-DECENT. INEXPENSIVE EF-S WIDE ANGLE LENS FOR SHOOTING. DESIGNED ONLY FOR USE ON ALL EOS DIGITAL REBELS, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D AND 7D DIGITAL EOS CAMERAS. THIS LENS IS VERY SHARP AT 18mm, BUT DROPS OFF QUITE A BIT AT 55mm.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    It's an ok lens

                                    By 

                                    from Fredericksburg, VA

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast auto-focus
                                    • Super-sharp images

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                                        I mainly use this lens for wide angle shots. I like the stabilizer, wish all my lenses had it. I am waiting to see how it does for landscape shots during the fall foliage changes.

                                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Sharp Pics, Low Price

                                        By 

                                        from Southern California

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast auto-focus
                                        • Super-sharp images

                                        Cons

                                        • hunting
                                        • Poor build quality

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                                          I had bought this lens for my SLR body, and overall it is a very good lens. The outcome of the photos are very sharp and I enjoy shooting with it. However, I do want to point out that ,under certain conditions, that the autofocus will not work or will go "hunting". But I do recommend this lens as a starter who has just transitioned from P&S cameras to DSLRs

                                          (34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great buy

                                          By 

                                          from Houston Tx

                                          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                                          First off, I get a little annoyed at reviews that don't tell you what system the product was used on. With some of the previous reviews I feel that the users that were complaining about the performance really don't know how to handle a DSLR or what to expect. Auto focus systems need a "contrasting image" to focus on so if you try to focus on an area that is blank it will have a hard time focusing and "hunt" for an image. The 18-55mm was a kit lens with a Canon T3i that I purchased as a second camera. The lens preforms beautifully giving crisp, sharp photos. Auto focus is fast and precise. I.S. is flawless. All together a great buy for a standard zoom

                                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Great Lens

                                          By 

                                          from Dunnigan, Ca

                                          Pros

                                          • af works great
                                          • Easy to handle
                                          • Great lens

                                          Cons

                                          • Can't think of any

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens:

                                            I used this lens & the 70-300 when I went to China. Took some good pictures. I am still new with this product, but I have to say I truly like both of them. The 18-55 was great for most my indoor shots, where as the 300 came in handy for the long shots I was taking. For even better shots when not using my tripod, I would turn the AF off, much better for the indoor shots of friends.

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