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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|Camera Lens Description||55 month|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 Millimeters|
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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)
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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.
From the Manufacturer
Equipped with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm II standard zoom lens is ideal for just about any application. IS technology compensates for camera shake by providing the equivalent effect of a shutter speed up to four stops faster. This allows you to take sharp handheld shots even in low-light conditions--a must for sports and nature photography. The lens also offers an aspherical lens element that corrects for aberration, thus producing a topnotch image throughout the zoom range, and a circular aperture that exquisitely renders out-of-focus backgrounds. Despite its minimal size, weight, and cost, the lens expands the picture-taking possibilities any time slow shutter speeds are needed.
- Focal length: 18 to 55mm
- Maximum aperture: f/3.5 to f/5.6
- Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
- Angle of view: 74 degrees @ 20 feet to 27 degrees @ 50 feet
- Focus adjustment: Autofocus (DC motor) with manual focus option
- Closest focusing distance: 9.8 inches
- Filter size: 58mm
- Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter and 3.33 inches long
- Weight: 7.1 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
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|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches||2.8 x 2.7 x 2.7 inches||2.95 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches||2.83 x 2.95 x 2.95 inches||2.4 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches||4.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches|
|Item Weight||7.05 ounces||7.05 ounces||7.23 ounces||0.53 lbs||7.60 ounces||1.06 lbs|
|Lens Type||zoom||standard-zoom||Normal||Wide Angle||Normal||Telephoto|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 millimeters||55||88 millimeters||18 millimeters||55||300 millimeters|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6||—||F3.5 - F5.6||F4.5 - F5.6||f/4-5.6||F4.0 - F5.6|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX||APS-C||APS-C / DX||APS-C / DX||APS-C||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 millimeters||18||18 millimeters||10 millimeters||18||75 millimeters|
|Minimum Operating Distance||0.25 meters||—||0.25 meters||0.22 meters||—||1.5 meters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||55 millimeters||58 millimeters||55 millimeters||67 millimeters||—||58 millimeters|
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens
In response to demands of photographers, this standard zoom lens is 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.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR lens: Recommended by dpreview.com
›Read the full Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR lens review at dpreview.com
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2009
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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!
* Very sharp across the image, even wide open.
* Low Chroma. I read a test ([...]) that found higher than normal amounts of CA in this lens at some apertures, but I don't see it. My standard test is to shoot bare tree limbs on bright sunny days & look for purple fringing, especially at the edges. I'm not seeing anywhere near the level of fringing shown in some of their test shots.If anything, I'd call it "low" I read elsewhere that one of Canon's goals in adding the aspherical element to this lens was to reduce CA, so I'm thinking maybe the lens tested in photozon.de was just a bad apple.
* Image Shake control works. I can't attest to how often it provides a full 4 stops worth of shake reduction, but I can see a very clear result when using it.
* Fast accurate focusing. One of the reasons I purchased this lens was because I was dissatisfied with the performance of my (more expensive) Sigma 17-35 EX (the newer model), which while sharp, is just too slow and inaccurate a focuser for close work in action sports. The new Canon solved that problem.
* Compact, light weight & unobtrusive. Not much bigger than a normal lens.
* Barrel Distortion at 18mm (28mm) While not exsessive for an inexpensive lens, this is one area where you will see benefit from spending hundreds of dollars for a much more expensive Canon "IS" or "L," or buying a fixed focal length lens. In most real world situations, it wasn't all that noticeable. I could usually correct for it in Photoshop, but this is not a lens for critical architectural work etc. I have taken hundreds of photos with this lens and barrel distortion has only called attention to itself a few times. I suspect this is one price paid for the very compact design.
* Not very fast. Another area where an "L" has an edge. At F3.5 28mm equivalent and F5.6 85mm this lens is relatively slow compared to a pro lens. This effects stopping the action in low light. OTH, you will have to spend hundreds more to get a usable top speed of F 2.8 and that is *only* one stop faster at 28mm equiv. I think both this lens' sharpness and the IS system mitigate this "Con." It took me a while to learn that I could shoot wide open at all focal lengths without having the outer third of the image turn to mush.That's pretty amazing for a zoom at this price. You don't have a stop or two you almost never use because it is too soft. And the IS system works well in low light, though that doesn't figure in in stopping the action.
* Does not have that red stripe. Sad to say, some will never buy this sharp, handy little lens because in is not an "L" and/or doesn't cost $[...]. Yes, it does does look a little "plasticy," probably doesn't have the build quality for heavy, everyday use by a real working pro, and does not look massive mounted on your camera body, like a "fast" pro lens that's squeezing out that last F stop. But IMO, it looks very similar to Canon's newer IS lenses, so there is no scarlet letter immediately identifying you as "cheap." In other words, "Get over it."
So, why did Canon produce such a good lens at such a bargain price? I'd say that it's because Nikon announced their intention to do the same a little while ago. Also, Canon's old non IS 18-55mm lens had the rep of being something of a dog. Finally, several competing cameras now have IS built into the body. Canon had to respond with a sharp IS lens that they could put on the Rebels & the 40D. In terms of sales, the low end of the DSLR market is both hot and very competitive. We're the beneficiaries.