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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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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 have been looking for a simple small lens to attach to my camera when I am not doing work for money. I read about the size and weight of this lens and was pleased by the many good ratings, so I decided to get it. I was not disappointed. After a month now, the lens performs as it was stated, smooth zooming, the USM is heard, but it's nothing bad, and the IS works flawlessly.
I have had no problems whatsoever mounting or dismounting the lens from my EOS 30D body, which stores beautifully amongst my other gear due to its small size. My professional lenses are twice the size and not having to carry the extra weight is a godsend.
I do wish the lens was made from more robust plastics, but if they did, the lens' price would be higher. I will merely try to baby the lens every step of the way so it will last the longest possible. All in all, this lens is worth the money you spend on it, which is why I rated 5 stars.
The lens arrived just in time to test it out by taking shots of some beautiful fall colors. The results were good enough to impress a friend of mine, who is a professional photographer. The color was fantastic, the images were sharp, CA was negligible to non-existent in most cases.
I still have a hard time reconciling the price of this lens with the outstanding picture quality I get out of it. I am beyond pleased with it. the best comparison I can think of is that it's like a zoom equivalent of the "plastic fantastic" EF 50mm f/1.8 lens -- if you own that wonderful-but-dirt-cheap lens you know what I mean by that. (If you don't own that lens, to yourself a favor and buy one of those as well!) I absolutely recommend this lens.
It is a good everyday walk-around lens that is great for street photography and wide angle work.
CAUTION: the ad says it will fit a Canon 10D but this is in error. You must modify the lens by cutting off the rear plastic of the lens mount. A mod video on Youtube can show you how and the Bob Adkins site has a tutorial on this.
Don't try to attach it to the 10D without the mod as the mirror will hit the lens and break.
Other than that it works just fine after the mod and mine takes sharp images at all zoom settings.
Good lens for the money for sure!