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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Canon EF-S Mount Lens
  • 29-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-38
  • Aspherical Element
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Constant Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • Circular Diaphragm
  • 58mm Filter Diameter
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The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens from Canon is a standard zoom lens that features the smaller size image circle, exclusively designed for Canon cameras using the APS-C size sensor. The focal length is equivalent to 29-88mm in the 35mm format. It is a versatile lens for everyday shooting and can focus as close as 9.8".

This lens features Canon's Optical Image Stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of compensation for image blur caused by camera shake and slow shutter speeds. This ensures clear, crisp images, even in dim light.

One aspherical lens element minimizes aberrations and enables an overall high standard of performance and its circular aperture results in pleasing background blur.

Uses optics designed to take full advantage of the small image circle and short back focus in EF-S lenses.
Optical image stabilization compensates for camera shake up to 4 stops for blur-free imaging even in low light situations.
Provides a constant minimum focus distance of 9.8" (25 cm).
Includes one aspherical lens element which minimizes aberrations and provides sharp imaging.
Circular aperture diaphragm produces a more attractive appearance to out-of-focus background areas in photos shot using the widest apertures.
Compact and lightweight
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 29 - 88 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 38
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 74° 20' - 27° 50'
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.34x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 11/9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 2.8" (6.86 x 7.11 cm)
Weight 7.1 oz (201 g)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
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  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year B&H Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 283 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (151)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (110)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (207)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (181)
    • Easily interchangeable (177)
    • Consistent output (130)
    • Durable (78)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (37)
    • Poor in low light (30)
    • Slow focus (29)
    • Blurry focus (9)
    • Lens creep (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (124)
    • Low light (83)
    • General purpose (60)
    • Night photography (54)
    • Macro photography (52)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (79), Semi-pro photographer (45), Casual photographer (39), Enthusiast (39), Photography student (22)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (150), Yes (26)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great value lens

    If you're on a real budget and your needs are minimum then this lens should fit the bill nicely.I've replaced this lens with professional L zooms soon after obtaining this. I've done comparisons between...Read complete review

    If you're on a real budget and your needs are minimum then this lens should fit the bill nicely.I've replaced this lens with professional L zooms soon after obtaining this. I've done comparisons between this and the pro lenses. I've concluded that this lens is capable of producing excellent results. The key is knowing the strengths and weaknesses of this lens for obtaining the best results. Stopping the lens down to f/8 and using a tripod is going yield excellent pictures with some missed color saturation, contrast, and sharpness. Distortion is less noticeable at the middle of the zoom range. For handholding moving subjects, indoors, I recommend using a flash at about f/5. On bright days, outdoors, stop down again to about F/8 and you'll lessen problems like chromatic aberration and lens flare.As I said, I've done side-by-side comparisons (with the 24-70L) of the lens at its strongest setting (F/8) and most people found the pictures indistinguishable. Just push your pictures through developing software and boost the sharpness/color/contrast and you'll have professional looking pictures that can stand up to those rendered by Canon's L zooms. I wish I could share the link to the results but these reviews are limiting and so I'm hoping you can trust me.I have to give this lens 5 stars because, when used within its abilities this lens is capable of great things. You can't fault the lens for uses outside of its limitations because there's a reason why [$]lenses exist which are meant to handle other more challenging tasks.If you buy this lens, learn how to use it properly and you'll be rewarded with some great pictures!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Casual Users Only!

    My rating is based on an overall comparison of all available lenses and does not reflect the price of this lens. This lens is intended for users who aren't after top notch image quality...Read complete review

    My rating is based on an overall comparison of all available lenses and does not reflect the price of this lens. This lens is intended for users who aren't after top notch image quality and for them this lens offers an excellent value especially when purchased in a kit. For them, I'd rate this lens about 3 1/2-4 Stars

    Overall image quality approaches good for most situations although it seems to suffer quite a bit of purple fringing when high contrast exists. Also it seems to be a tad soft towards the wider angle end of the zoom range. This lens did quite well capturing the family on Christmas morning but performed marginally for shooting landscapes while on vacation.

    This is a really light lens and when paired with the XSi it is ideal for walking around without feeling encumbered and I would recommend it to the casual photographer for taking vacation photos. I'm not really too sure but the IS seems to allow shooting about 1 stop slower which when paired with a higher ISO allows for shooting interior shots in moderate to brightly light interiors.

    I absolutely hate where the manual focus control is located for this lens. You basically have to turn about a 5mm textured ring at the very front of the lens and I found it very awkward to use. Also you can't override the auto focus without turning it off completely. The front of the lens rotates as it focuses which can cause problems when using a polarizing filter. This lens feels very cheap and I would suspect it suffers in the durability department. Also this lens won't work with the Canon full-frame sensors so if you upgrade from your APS-C sensor you won't be able to use this lens... not that you would want to continue using it.

    Overall I would recommend this lens to only the most casual user. This lens allows for carefree shooting but seems poorly suited For anyone looking to grow as a photographer. If you are wanting a lens with a little more growth potential, I would recommend bypassing the cheap zoom lenses and going with an entry or mid level standard prime lenses instead.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Dr. Rob

    from Tallahassee, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

      Easy to use with great results

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      decent

      By Jalke0223

      from Boise, ID

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

          for a factory lens, this works well enough. Will be looking at other more specialized lenses in the future.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Lens

          By Mike

          from Boyertown, PA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

              Fairly short 3 optical lens.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Standard Lens Gets the Job Done

              By Tom

              from New York

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                From what I've read this lens is nothing special, but for my purposes it gets the job done. I am using it to take indoor pictures mostly and it works fine. I don't have experience with high-priced lenses, so I don't know what I'm missing. ;)

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                • No

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                5.0

                Lens are very good

                By Javi

                from Santa barbara

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                Very good for taking photos and Filming video is pretty good. Definitely would recommend this to someone not looking to spend a lot.

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                5.0

                Great lens!

                By Laurie in Texas

                from Snyder, TX

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                Love this lens. Easy to use. Wonderful control.

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                5.0

                Wonderful Kit Lens

                By Sir William

                from Birmingham, Al

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                This is a great lens for photography and videography. It is very durable and is well built. It takes a second to auto focus, but I usually have it on manual so that doesn't matter. This is a great lens for anyone who is just beginning to learn cameras.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Rebecca Bailey

                from Washington

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                Great lens

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                5.0

                very nice walk around lens

                By catfish

                from Bumpass Va

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                  when out walking around

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  typical kit lens

                  By ToddB

                  from Des Moines, IA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                    If it is part of a kit and your first trip into the DSLR market you will love using this lens with your t3i or t5i.

                    It is a cheaper, more plastic build. Results are solid as with any Canon or Nikon product, but as you use your equipment more you will likely want to upgrade on the lens.

                    Great to get started.

                    Limited range if you only have this lens. You'll likely want to add another to your kit.

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                    5.0

                    Just What I Needed!

                    By Pure Grace

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                      This was a replacement lens for my Canon T-3 Rebel; the original stopped working in auto-focus mode. I'm back in business, thanks to B&H!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Perfect fit at an affordable price

                      By Beth B Photography

                      from New Braunfels, Texas

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                        I wanted a lens that was more versatile than my prime lenses for just being out and about, but didn't want to have to invest too much, while staying as high in quality as possible. I actually used this lens at a wedding in a small space this past weekend and it worked great! The only down side is I'm spoiled with how wide the aperture can get with my prime, so adjusting for low light was expected. It definitely doesn't feel as high in quality, but that also provides less weight when hiking or walking around town. If you're looking for a good starter lens, or something to add a little variety for every day, I would highly suggest this lens.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Amazing Quality

                        By Nader

                        from Chicago, IL

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                        This is hands down the best camera lens you can buy when first starting with with the T3i. The zoom and focus dials are very easy and smooth to turn. I would recommend this to anyone

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                        5.0

                        Most Versitle

                        By Matteo

                        from Michigan

                        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                        Best lens for the rebel gives great versitlity for shooting business projects or family functions.

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                        5.0

                        Very Good Lens

                        By EOCTech-DigitalMedia

                        from Choctaw OK

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                              Very Good Lens.
                              This is a simple kit lens my students have in their basic camera kit.
                              It serves them well.

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                              4.0

                              My Canon 18--55 lens keeps me in touch

                              By Terril the Teacher

                              from Prescott, Arizona

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Lens Creep

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                              This lens is a replacement for one that came with the camera and that was damaged. Now that I have this lens again, it reminds me how important it is to frame some shots that are wider angle and closer to usual human range of perception. Also, it requires me to be more patient to get closer to wild creatures in nature--my favorite subject. As a teacher, also, this lens helps me to share the world in a way that more closely frames nature as we often see it.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good cheap general purpose lens

                              By Camera Bug

                              from Minnesota

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                                General photography

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Excellent lens with the 5 T package

                                By John S

                                from Rupert, Idaho

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                                    Nice wide to normal zoom.

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Lightning capture

                                    By JakeSigalFoto

                                    from New York City

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Lens Creep
                                    • Slow Focus

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                                    This lens is great at capturing Lightning for its price.

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                                    • Yes

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Kit Lense

                                    By Calaverasgrande

                                    from Oakland Ca

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens:

                                    Look this is not a prime or an L series. But dang if I don't throw this on my camera every now and then and get some decent photos. I got it when it came with my T2i. While other lenses I have bought will reach farther or wider, this one is no slouch. It does get a little distorted at the widest setting. Also as you zoom the f-stop increases (all cheaper lenses do this).It does however have IS and AF! So it has capabilities. This is actually my favorite lense for when I visit my sister and nephew. Very good for those indoor pics of your relatives (if you can live with F4 or higher). Turn a few more lights on or dial up the ISO. The one thing I really do not like is that the focus ring is extremely narrow. It is easy for my fingers to slip over the lense itself.

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