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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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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
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR lens: Recommended by dpreview.com
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The only time I'd use it, is indoors, where 50mm was just too tele-. But even then, although having 18mm helped, having f3.5-5.6 certainly did NOT, making this lens too slow for indoors even on a reasonably bright day, and forcing me to use a flash (read: you might want to buy extra batteries and invest in a Canon 430 EX II, which is about $250, so you're likely not going to save much money by going with 18-55). Plus, its 18mm end is a bit too wide for a pleasing portrait...
So, if I were to do it all over again, I'd pass on this lens. Right now, the difference between buying just the body of XSi and buying XSi+ this lens is roughly $50. You can find a 50mm 1.8 for about $100, $90 if you wait a bit, $80 if you go used or get really lucky. So, if you get the body sans this lens, all you need is another $50 or less to get a prime lens. I think it's very much worth it. Sure, with a prime, you miss out on the versatility of the zoom, but you'll get a faster lens and a better lens.
If you absolutely feel that you need a zoom, I would strongly recommend checking out Tamron and Sigma. I do not own one myself (and generally prefer primes), so I won't go recommending any one in particular, but it sounds from some reviews that they are at least worth considering.
Finally, just wanted to mention: I'm trying to sell this lens right now, and unlike the 2 other lenses I have (one of which was 50mm), it's proving difficult. No surprise here, given that everyone buys one, so there must be tons of them floating around. Just saying - do not look at its $170 tag and think that you can sell it for a generous profit later, when you outgrow it (which, if you're any serious about photography, will happen soon). The used ones on Amazon go at $92, which is a steep price drop for a lens, you usually do not expect to buy a used less for nearly 50% off. And there are 30 of them (used) on Amazon at this time. Also a large number, compared to other lenses. So, I think you'll be lucky to get $80 for it when you sell, which means you'll make a whooping $30!
The approx. 2 F-stops improvement has been fairly consistent nevertheless. And this mean better success rate in risky shots at lower light. I guess for the ultimate IS performance, one need to get the higher-end IS lenses with USM motor at double or more the $$, as I understand that they have more elaborate IS circuitry
Added benefits: autofocus feels faster and the motor is quieter than that of the kit lens.
Specifically used for taking pictures of objects inside a light box with remote controll shutter.
Note: I have not taken this lens for any night shots
Good for shooting with bright lights. ie: pictures with the sun in the frame
Image Stability helps when panning action pictures.
The clarity of the picture is pleasing.
Its and Upgrade from the older 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
The auto focusing makes noise. But its not bad. Yet, this was not the case with the older model.
Shutter Speed: f/3.5-5.6 but then again its for office use. For general usage.
I have a rebel XTi and had a tamron 28mm-80mm lens but was not getting sharp enough pictures with it.
This lens has since become my no.2 lens (No.1 is still my 50mm f1.8 beauty). It captures colors in great detail and the pictures are 'bright'.
I wouldn't go into technical details since it has already been covered in a lot of reviews which I found very useful to make my selection. So please go over them.
The place where I use them the most are indoor parties and events where the 18mm focal length comes in very useful and gives some great wide angle stuff as compared to the 50mm which has a much narrower range.
I got it for $170 and its a great buy at that price. I'm loving it.