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CanonEF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
 
4.4

(based on 290 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (153)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (211)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (183)
  • Easily interchangeable (180)
  • Consistent output (132)
  • Durable (79)

Cons

  • Weak casing (38)
  • Poor in low light (30)
  • Slow focus (30)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • Difficult to clean (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (127)
  • Low light (84)
  • General purpose (60)
  • Night photography (55)
  • Macro photography (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (83), Semi-pro photographer (46), Casual photographer (40), Enthusiast (39), Photography student (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (155), Yes (27)

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

Good Every Day Lens for Fanily Photos

By Jason1234

from American Canyon, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      My primary use for this lens is taking pictures of the kids while at the house and at restaurants. It takes good pictures and is fast enough to get some good shots.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Sharp Enough

      By Gerard

      from Canoga Park, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Focus
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action

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

      This lens is light and easy to use even in low light. Until I get my Rokinon or Samyang wide lens, I am currently using this lens for astophotography and landscape photography.

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      • No

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      3.0

      GOOD LENSE

      By thdomo

      from Las Vegas NV

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output

      Cons

      • Difficult to Clean

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

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

      I like it.

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      • No

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      3.0

      The Between Kit Lens

      By Islandhopper3

      from Key Largo, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        This lens stands between the original IS kit lens, and the new STM lens included with bodies like the T5i, and T6i. I haven't been able see any difference in IQ between this lens, and the original 18-55 IS, and it seems no more quiet than the original's USM lens. AF is supposed to be faster, but if it is it's barely noticeable. Like the original this lens' construction is of plastic, so it's light. I've never had a problem with my other less expensive lens, even in the salt air/coral dust environment of the Florida Keys as I'm pretty protective of my equipment during, and after use. However, I returned this lens as it didn't provide any real improvement over the 18-55 IS I've been using, and will use the refund as a downpayment on a 17-40 f4L.

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        5.0

        Delivered fast and perfect

        By Urbanpink2008

        from New Jersey

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

        This lens is very accurate and with my far-sightedness helps me be sure I am focusing on what I want with its red light system.

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        3.0

        Decent product for its price

        By Ryan Wee

        from Kuala Lumpur, MY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Use

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

            Pros:
            Lightweight (full plastic construction except lens mount)
            Cheap
            Fairly sharp when stopped down and shooting with lower MP sensors

            Cons:
            Slow lens
            Aperture is not constant (f/3.5 at the wide end and f/5.6 on the long end)
            Loud and very slow autofocus
            Autofocus does not work in low light or when the lens is being flared
            No manual focus override unlike USM motors (either AF or MF)
            Heavy vignetting at long end
            Front element rotates when focusing and zooming in
            No internal focusing
            Lots of distortion on the wide end (can be corrected in PS or LR)
            CA is not well controlled as fringing can be seen during backlit conditions

            Note:
            Images attached are enhanced in Lightroom with Lens profile corrections, post sharpening and NR, etc.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Landscape and Indoor potraits

            By Pranay

            from Delhi, India

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Difficult to Clean

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

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

            I use it for landscape and indoor photography. For video shoots 18-55 mm lens is ideal. The images are crystal clear and sharp. I have Hoya filter attached to it. It is lightweight.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lens

            By Dr. Rob

            from Tallahassee, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            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.

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                  • 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.

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                      • 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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                        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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                                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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