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

(based on 279 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (150)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (204)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (178)
  • Easily interchangeable (173)
  • Consistent output (128)
  • Durable (77)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (123)
  • Low light (82)
  • General purpose (60)
  • Night photography (54)
  • Macro photography (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (78), Semi-pro photographer (45), Enthusiast (39), Casual photographer (36), Photography student (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (148), Yes (24)

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

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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  • No

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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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          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

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                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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                      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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                      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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                      5.0

                      A must have (for me)

                      By many

                      from Ore City TX.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        This may not be a prime lens but it sure does a
                        very nice job, me and my wife have been taking pictures for several years now, we know this is a lens we can rely on, we love it.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Versatile Lens

                        By Klatos

                        from Southbury, CT

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • 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:

                        This is the perfect walk around lens for your beginning photographer. The 18-55mm focal length allows you to take wide angle shots while still allowing for a moderate amount of zoom. I've used this on my Rebel for years and it served me well.

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

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

                        By Rob

                        from Winchester

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Outside

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

                        Kit lens... IS is always a good thing. 9 times out of 10 if the photos are bad, its my fault.

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Photo not video

                        By Bright Screen Productions

                        from Jersey City, NJ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Blurry Focus
                        • Lens Creep
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

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

                        Good lens for photography but not for video.

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                        • No

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