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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||0.7 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.
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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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....
For those that are unaware this is actually Canon's third version of a 18-55 kit lens. The first lens was your basic 18-55 EF-S 1:3.5-5.6 (the lens I got with my XTi). Next came the same lens, but with a USM motor (very limited availability, probably because Canon had the IS version in the works). The third version is the 18-55 EF-S 1:3.5-5.6 with IS (image stabilization).
So far, I have been very satisfied with this lens as I have used it to replace the 18-55 kit lens that originally came with my XTi. The IS really helps to keep images sharp when using the camera for hand-held shots only! Don't use the IS when your camera is mounted on a tripod! The lens is not much larger than the original 18-55 kit lens, so this is really a good upgrade mainly because of the IS if you owned the previous kit lens which didn't have IS. My only beefs with this lens are I wish it had the quieter & quicker USM (ultra-sonic motor) and had full-time focusing (featured on other Canon lenses where you can manually focus without switching the auto/manual switch). I also wish the front lens wouldn't rotate during focusing so I could use a polarizer filter with it. However, for the low price of this lens you really can't complaint too much!
My only concern is will Canon come out with a 18-55 lens again (a fourth version?) & add the USM motor with the existing image stabilization? Yeah, maybe Canon will come out with a fourth version of the 18-55 lens that will be available with newer, entry-level DSLR's in the future which will be probably be called the "Canon Digital Rebel XRi & XR" (after the XTi/XT & XSi/XS?). For now, this lens is a welcome addition to my lens collection that I'm glad to use!
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.
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