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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-60C|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||2.72 x 2.72 x 2.76 inches|
|Item Display Weight||7.1 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.44 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.25 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||9.8 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||6|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||9|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||55 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||74.3|
|Shipping Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Style Name||Retail Packaging|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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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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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The range is very useful at 29-88mm on an APS-C body like my T2i. It is lightweight, putting more of the weight in the shooter's hand, adding more stability. It has IS. What's not to like.
My only gripes with this lens are build quallity and focusing motor. It's a cheap plastic lens and it feels like it. That's not to say it is inadequate. It'll probably be going strong when I'm dead and buried. And I wish it had USM. At this price, I would have thought the USM motor would be standard. One final gripe as has been stated is that the lens extends, retracts, then extends again.
Gripes aside, it's still worth 4 stars.
If you are planning anything more, I think you are going to want a better lens, and Canon has some wonderful ones.
2) Great portrait lens esp @ 35-55mm
3) Sharp, Clear images with great color depth
4) The "Image Stabilizer" works wonders in low light conditions
1) plastic rather than metal construction (price)
2) slight vignetting in corners at 17mm
3) auto-focus is a little on the slow side
4) In my experience there is a slight performance degradation in the 17-24mm range, but not really noticeable in panaramic shots.
Having said all that, this lens performs like a $[...] lens the mid-upper focal length range.. it's just a bit slower and not constructed quite so solidy. In fact, in portraits you may want to use a diffusion (soft-focus) filter, otherwise you will see every detail down to split ends in the hair. It's that sharp.
I would definitely buy this again. This is as close to commercial quality shots you will get for under $[...].
I'm a novice to photography so there are probably better lenses out there, but this one has performed beautifully for me, and it was well worth the price (it was like 40% off at the time).
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