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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens
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- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture - 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
- Lens Construction - 16 elements in 12 groups, including UD-glass and aspherical lenses
- Diagonal Angle of View - 74 20' - 7 50' (with APS-C image sensors)
- Focus Adjustment - Gear-driven
- Closest Focusing Distance - 1.48 ft./0.45m (maximum close-up magnification 0.24x)
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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The Canon 2042B002 EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens is a standard zoom lens designed with Canon's 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 aspherical 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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Despite having rather high quality zoom and wide-angle lenses, the one that never gets left home is a nice middle-of-the-road zoom. The stock zoom that came with my old Canon film SLR was getting pretty floppy in the focus, so I replaced it with this one.
I hesitated, wanting the nicer lens. I can afford a nicer lens. However, this one is cased in plastic, and very light.
The results from it are somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes I'm very satisfied with it, and other times not. It is a mediocre lens. The focus is not as solid as I know it would be with a metal casing.
I should note that I bought the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens at the same time, and I'm VERY satisfied with that lens, despite it also being on the "cheap" end, and having a plastic casing. The focus functionality is much more stable, and I absolutely love it. This 18-55mm lens doesn't live up to it's plastic prime lens counterpart at all.
However, I took a risk, and I'm fairly satisfied with the results, though I may have to bite the bullet and resign myself to carrying around a heavier zoom at some point.
Let me first start off by saying that this lens saved my life during an indoor event shoot. I was in a tight place and couldn't use my 50mm f1.8 (which I would have preferred given it's wider aperture which would have been better given the poor lighting conditions). I snapped this lens on, lowered my shutter speed a bit, turned up my ISO and captured everything in the small room that I needed to with the wide 18mm length. It is difficult to use this lens indoors, however given it's limited aperture of 3.5-5.6. If you're not sure what that means, simply put, it's that your lens has to be within an aperture range that will require more light. This means that you'll have to slow your shutter speed (not as desirable for anything with any amount of action), or raise your ISO (potentially sacrificing your image quality to the nasty noise monster). Using this lens with lights seems to yield pretty nice results.
The other reason I bought this lens was to use it on my steadicam (flycam nano-a great budget steadicam that yields good results when used correctly). This lens is only a fraction of the weight of comparable lenses and when shooting at 18mm and stopping down your aperture much of what the camera catches will be in focus, which is great for steadicams. With the light weight I find that I can use my steadicam for an hour or more at a time before my arm gets too exhausted.
This camera has IS (Image Stabilization). You won't realize just how nice that is until you use a non-IS camera while shooting handheld (video or photography).
I avoid auto-focus like the plague, but I did test it out on this lens for the sake of this review and I found that it is quite slow compared to other lenses. For the casual photographer, or a photographer who is patient and has clients that are patient, this wouldn't be a bad option (because you'd find that it would slow you down if you were constantly taking pictures at a wedding for instance for hours on end).
I bought the cheapo set of 3 zeikos filters for the lens to protect the end and get a more artistic flavor. They work really well on this lens and I now can't live without a polarizing and UV filter, although I would not put those filters on a fancier lens (see that review with my other reviews).
This lens will NOT work on bigger cameras like the 5D mark II.
1. Price (I wouldn't cry if it got run over by a car).
2. Image Stabilization.
3. Wide angle with little bokeh (background blur) for tight shoots and steadicam.
4. Light weight.
5. Nice thick, quality zoom ring.
1. Minor image distortion at low lengths (like 18mm).
2. Constraining aperture.
3. Good but not great image quality (see Canon's MTF charts on their website for more info).
4. Cheep focusing ring.
I like this lens and it's saved my work more than once and it'll do it again I'm sure, but given the choice I would much rather use my Canon 50mm f1.8 (check out that review with my other reviews if interested). So what am I looking at now? I am planning on replacing my 18-55mm with the Canon 24-105mm f4L lens, but for 1/10 of the price, this is a good lens. When I do, I'll write a review and let you know how it compares.
If you would like to see this equipment in action to better make a decision, you can find my youtube channel by searching jbhphotovideo in the youtube search box and going to that channel.
I hope that helps!
I am very wary that this will also break as they seem fragile in construction and in operation, so I am watching my use with it carefully. What annoyed me was that this lens quit working for no apparent reason. I barely used the camera over the year and did not abuse the equipment. I was very disappointed in Canon because of the original lens breaking and having to spend 200$ to replace it. It coincidentally happened a few days after the warranty ran out....
This is my second purchase of this lens. I had to buy a new one because my husband dropped my camera and this lens stopped working. Yeah, so obvious warning here, don't drop your bloody lens because your lens will malfunction. I'm not actually deducting points from this lens because of that, just making this known to people who are a bit clumsy :)
Anyways, I like how this lens works with my T3i. I primarily use it this record video for Youtube. Picture is sharp, although not super sharp, and it performs poorly in sub-par lighting conditions. It takes a little while to autofocus, but it isn't loud...at least compared to my other lens, which sounds like an orc in heat...jeezus.
This is the lens you want if you're a noob and just want to take pretty pictures with autofocus on. There's little hassle. Easy to use. Pictures are very decent, but don't expect mindblowing quality. I love this lens for videomaking.
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I got it for videos over photos and its worth it.