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

You Pay: $249.00
Product Highlights
  • EF-S Mount lens
  • 29-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-38
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Stepping Motor, Internal Focusing System
  • Supports Movie Servo AF Feature
  • Manual Focus Override in AF Mode
  • Constant Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • 58mm Filter Diameter

The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens from Canon is a standard zoom compatible with Canon APS-C format cameras. It features a focal length range of 18-55mm which is equivalent to 29-88mm in the 35mm format. Optical Image Stabilization provides the equivalent of up to four stops of shake correction for clear imaging, even in low light.

A high-precision aspherical element reduces chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for high resolution and contrast. The lens supports Canon's EOS Movie Servo AF feature for smooth and quiet continuous autofocusing during movie recording. This feature is enabled by the use of a six-group zoom system plus a stepping motor focusing mechanism. Additionally, manual focus adjustment is possible while shooting in AF mode, and an internal focusing system enables faster performance, maintains an overall compact lens form-factor and allows for a closer minimum focusing distance of 9.8".

The front element of the lens does not rotate during focusing, allowing you to use polarizing filters without a problem. Optimized lens coatings ensure precise color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare, and the 7-blade circular diaphragm produces pleasing background blur.

Optical Image Stabilization provides up to 4 stops of correction against camera shake, providing you with clearer images, even in dim light.
The STM feature complements the Movie Servo AF feature found on select EOS Cameras with a compact six-group zoom system and a new stepping motor and focus mechanism to deliver smooth and quiet continuous AF during movie shooting.
Manual focus override allows you to utilize the manual focus option at any time, even in autofocus mode, for precise focusing when needed.
One aspherical lens element reduces aberrations and helps to provide overall edge to edge sharpness.
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 m)
Magnification 0.36x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 13/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.72 x 2.96" (6.91 x 7.52 cm)
Weight 7.23 oz (205 g)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)
    • Easily interchangeable (11)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Consistent output (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Video (6)
      • Macro photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      It works on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

      I purchased this lens on April 16, 2013, for my Canon EOS Rebel T2i. You talk about razor sharp!

      I purchased this lens on April 16, 2013, for my Canon EOS Rebel T2i. You talk about razor sharp!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      For the price, it's a great lens

      I use the product for it's STM focusing features on the EOS C100. This is not a high quality optic lens it is a intro level kit lens. That being said it's a great...Read complete review

      I use the product for it's STM focusing features on the EOS C100. This is not a high quality optic lens it is a intro level kit lens. That being said it's a great little lens for it's price point.

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      4.0

      Wind smashed my lens

      By Photo in love

      from Philadelphia PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I photograph a lot of flowers and sunsets. I use the lens to take pictures on tripod with very low lighting. I am able to get very sharp pictures and great depth.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Such an upgrade from the IS II

      By Steve from KOP

      from PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Non-metal Construction

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

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

      I originally purchased the 18-55mm IS II from Canon (it came with a T4i bundle). That lens recently broke so I needed to find a replacement and after doing lots of research of lens in that range I decided to give the STM version a try. This lens is sooo much nicer than the IS II version. The glass is really nice and I could not believe how fast the autofocus works (both video and still). It is also truly silent so if you are using it for video you won't have that annoying sound showing up in your video.The build quality is still plastic-like materials with a little metal thrown in there but that is to be expected at this price range. This is the perfect walking around lens and the lack of weight is actually a plus in my eyes.I highly recommend this as a sub $ everyday lens, and if you have the money its well worth an upgrade from the original 18-55 kit lens.

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      4.0

      Solid Performance for the price.

      By J

      from MA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      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 STM Lens:

          Bought this to replace a similar and much older Signa lens that seems to be broken. It feels much lighter than the old lens. So far I've been very pleased with this lens for taking photos of both animals and humans. Mostly have used it for portraits and have been very pleased. There are fancier lenses available, but for the price this one is a hard worker with lovely results.

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          4.0

          Very nice lens for the price point

          By Mudman Dave

          from Stony Brook, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I bought this lens to replace the 18-55 mm kit lens that I damaged on a previous trip. This lens autofocuses very quickly and is extremely quiet. I initially wasn't sure the autofocus was working because no sound was being made at all. The STM is great! The glass isn't the fastest, but the 18 mm-end is great for landscapes, and it's nice to have the 55 mm-end for closer work. Given the price, it's a nice lens to have in one's bag. My only complaint is that it's difficult to manually focus on infinity for taking pictures of stars at night. The manual focus ring has no indicator – one turns the ring one direction or the other to focus with no way of knowing where you really are.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great for video!

            By Mel V.

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

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

            I got this lens because of the STM feature. Tried it on my 70D and it works great outdoors. Nice sharpness and you can't hear the lens focusing - it's like magic. Not too good in low light however. But my L lens is not good in low light either and you can hear the focusing (a light buzzing sound). I give it 4 stars becuase the mount is made of plastic. I also ordered the 40mm STM and that one seems to be more solid with a good weight since the mount is made of metal.

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            5.0

            18-55 canon lens

            By Sculley

            from Delaware

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

            Very easy to spend money and get what you want. Arrives almost next day

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            5.0

            Great

            By Tony

            from NY

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

            I purchase a canon dslr camera t3i series and it's a great camera! Amazing quality

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            5.0

            Close to Mid-range

            By jytaylor

            from Westminster, CO

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Video

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

              Quick and clear focus with repid detach from body. Excellent for close to mid-range shots. Looking forward to supplementing with a telephoto down the road.

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              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              For the price, it's a great lens

              By ZachMac

              from Vermont

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Affordable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Optic Quality
              • Slow aperture

              Best Uses

              • Video

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

              I use the product for it's STM focusing features on the EOS C100. This is not a high quality optic lens it is a intro level kit lens. That being said it's a great little lens for it's price point.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Very happy with this lens

              By Mom to 3

              from Hollywood, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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 STM Lens:

                  This is a very nice light weight lens that focuses quickly and accurately and takes clear, crisp photos. With 3 small kids, there is never an occasion where I don't have to capture 20 images to get one where they are all looking at the camera, but it does so quickly and clearly. It had some trouble staying focused while capturing video in a dark area that was spotlit when there wasn't an obvious focal point, but all in all it has performed better than expected.

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                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By indian Traveler

                  from Denver,CO

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    This lens is great if you need a wide/medium lens. For the price it's pretty good and it's not too heavy either.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Small lens awesome

                    By ajfotofilmagem

                    from Bahia Brazil

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Video

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

                      Finally a kit lens worth have. If you do not need shots in low light, the new 18-55 STM can serve you very well. There are better lenses out there, but no zoom below $ 500 has better picture quality than this. The lens mount is still plastic, but the mechanism of focus and zoom are better and more durable. For video, the focus is nice and quiet fast without leaps. A natural choice for such cameras SL1 or T5i.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing little lens

                      By Paul

                      from San Marcos Texas

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Fast auto focus
                      • Silent

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Use
                      • Travel

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

                      I don't own this lens but I just recently tried it out at @. It focuses faster than any of my L lenses & is absolutely silent! I couldn't hear a thing. The lens looks better than the standard 18-55 kit lens & has a better, much smoother focus ring.

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                      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great lens

                      By bignolan

                      from Cookeville, TN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I use this lens mainly for landscape pictures.
                        This lens gives me great pictures at 18mm trough 55mm. I have this lens without the STM.
                        The pictures are sharper with the STM than the lens without. I have taken quite a few pictures
                        sense buying the lens. I have gotten sharp pictures even in low light situations. I really
                        like the lens. Nothing so far has given me any troubles so there are no negative comments to
                        give

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                        4.0

                        Light, easy to carry. Good on the go.

                        By Sunshine photo

                        from Plantation, Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Video

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

                          I got this lens to use on my t4i as a walk around lens. It is light and easy to carry. Picture quality is good. Plus it's an STM. It will be going with me on our next trip to Disneyland so I do t have to carry heavy gear around but can still take awesome pictures.

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                          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Love this lens!

                          By sarahwillm

                          from cedar rapids, iowa

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I upgraded from the original lens I recieved with my Rebel in 2011 after the auto focus stopped working. This lens is a bit faster and sharper.

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                            (13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            It works on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

                            By Stephen Chvatal

                            from Houston, Texas

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I purchased this lens on April 16, 2013, for my Canon EOS Rebel T2i. You talk about razor sharp!

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                                  • No

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