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CanonEF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
 
4.6

(based on 427 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (360)
  • Consistent output (220)
  • Easily interchangeable (210)
  • Durable (173)
  • Strong construction (171)

Cons

  • Heavy (125)
  • Lens creep (80)
  • Poor in low light (39)
  • Slow focus (12)
  • Blurry focus (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (241)
  • Sports/action (172)
  • Wildlife photos (154)
  • Weddings (108)
  • Low light (91)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (163), Casual photographer (80), Semi-pro photographer (53), Enthusiast (47), Semi-professional (21)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (210), Yes (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great all-purpose walkabout lens.

Having used the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens for about two years now, this is the perfect focal length range for use as a day-to-day walkabout lens on my...Read complete review

Having used the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens for about two years now, this is the perfect focal length range for use as a day-to-day walkabout lens on my Canon 40D. Other Canon gear that I have include their excellent EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS , their razor-sharp EF 70-200mm f/4L IS , EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO IS , the L-grade-sharpness EF 100mm f/2.8 macro , MP-E 65mm f/2.8 macro , and MR-14EX macro ring lite.

In low light or wider-angle scenery shots, this lens is not as sharp as my 17-55mm f/2.8. When used to photograph macro-like shots of butterflies and flowers, it is not as sharp as my 100mm f/2.8. When used at its 200mm lens to focus onto distant birds and turtles sitting on a stone in a pond, it is not as sharp as my 70-200mm f/4L. But as a one-lens solution for covering that kind of focal lengths, it is pretty good. On sunny days, I use this lens on a 40D with a B&W multi-coated MRC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer. I consider this to be a very useful hiking/travel/walkabout lens. This is my first experience with a Canon lens that does not use USM, and the micro-motor is slightly slower and noisier than USM... but not knowing what to expect, I was expecting even slower focusing and, in most situations, I found its focus speed totally adequate - still very quick and without any back-and-forth hunting in lower lighting. But my main gripe about this lens is that Canon did not use USM (who knows what kind of marketing decisions went into this, much as I wondered why the 40D had a 3.0-inch LCD but kept the same 230,000 pixels as the 2.5-inch LCD on the 30D - one of my main gripes with the 40D). For the price, Canon should have included USM with full-time manual focusing. But I did notice that the price has dropped by more than 60 dollars since I bought the lens less than three weeks ago.

The use of a zoom lock switch to prevent lens creep is a very welcome addition that I always wished that their 17-85mm lens also had. The lens does not rotate during focusing, so circular polarizer filters stay in place.

Unlike Canon's USM lenses, the micro-motor focus design of this lens does not allow you to override the autofocus mechanism until you first flip the AF/MF switch on the lens. Furthermore, while the 17-85mm lens lets you use both the focus ring and zoom ring when the lens hood is inverted on the lens, on the 18-200mm lens, since the focus ring is now placed at the very front of the lens (and in front of the much-wider zoom ring), when its Canon EW78D Lens Hood (not included with the lens) is inverted, the lens hood's "petals" block most of the zoom ring and I have to use my middle finger and thumb to reach in between the hood petals to rotate the focus ring when the hood is screwed on in its inverted position. I would have much preferred that Canon retain the same focus-ring-closer-to-camera-body design that they used on the 17-85mm. But since I mainly use manual focus on my two 65mm and 100mm macro lenses, this is not that big of a deal for me.

At both 18mm and 200mm wide open, the image corners can be a little on the soft side, but when stopped down between f/5.6 and f/11, the image is sharp from edge to edge. But even Canon's 28-300mm L glass, which is also f/3.5-5.6, has its share of design compromises and sharpness issues in a superzoom lens design. So I think that any lens encompassing this sort of zoom range will be tripping over the physical limitations of what can be achieved when compared with a lens with a smaller zoom range. A 18-200mm lens at a fixed f/2.8 with USM and L-grade glass and weather sealing in a lens that weighs less than 3 pounds would be wonderful, and I would gladly pay a lot more for it as single-lens travel/walkabout lens solution, but that product still only exists in my dreams right now.

This 18-200mm lens will now make my 17-85mm lens the least-used lens that I have, so I may eventually end up selling the 17-85mm lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Convenient but you loose quality

I have used this lens on three holidays. Two to outback Australia and one to Italy. It is very convenient to have such a range without having to change lenses. But the compromise...Read complete review

I have used this lens on three holidays. Two to outback Australia and one to Italy. It is very convenient to have such a range without having to change lenses. But the compromise is quality and colour. I owned an EFS-17-85 with my 30D and I got this with my 50D. I have decided to go back to using my 17-85 - it's a better lens. I have just taken some shots of a couple of subjects with both lenses and the 18-200 put a yellow colour cast on the photo.

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4.0

excellent performance,

By boberic

from Long Island and Connecticut

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Good Walkaround lens
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Lens Creep

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

I have used this lens for about 6 months as my walk-around. Images are sharp with good bokeh. Auto focus is quiet and accurate. I use back button focusing which I find is more accurate with my 7d. The only complaint is lens creep which keeps this review from 5 stars

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5.0

Cannon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

By Burns

from NYC

Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

This lens is very practical and easy to use. It took away the need for 2 different lens' . I only have to carry 1 lens around now.

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5.0

This lens was a great investment!

By Picture Patty

from Connecticut

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

    I owned a 17-85mm lens. There were two upcoming vacations that I wanted a lens with a greater capacity. This was it!! 18-200mm covers everything I could want. The 18-200mm is only slightly heavier; well worth it. The pictures are fantastic. Don't know why I waited so long to purchase it.

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    • No

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    4.0

    So far so good.

    By echotango

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

    Great all around lens. Appears to be very sharp and fast focusing. Nice to be carrying only one for most uses. Little on the heavy side but I'm used to film cameras, so no big deal.

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    4.0

    Good lens for everyday use

    By NanaMac

    from Maryland

    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

    I bought this camera because I was tired of lugging 2 or 3 lenses with me everywhere I went. I like that I can now use one lens for everything up to 200mm. I still carry a higher zoom on the occasion I may want to use it, but for most occasions this one is perfect.

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    5.0

    Love my new Canon lens!

    By Mel

    from San Jose, Ca

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

      I can zoom in more with my new 18-200mm lens. I mostly take family pics and this lens enables me to take better videos and pictures especially during school functions, when getting a front seat is not always possible. The lens is understandably heavier than my prev Canon 18-55mm one, though. But definitely something I can handle and get used to! Really enjoy the zoom capability and the quality of pictures

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By Jack

      from Fort Wayne, Indiana

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

        This is a great well made all around lens.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Love it!

        By Robin

        from Florida

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

        Have enjoyed the lens. The best of both worlds.

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        5.0

        The best lens

        By CAP

        from Argentina

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

        It's just right in every occasion....

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Highly Recommended

        By Mike

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

        Quick response, clarity, ease of use...

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By TC Photography

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Lens Creep
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

        I love this lens when I don't want to deal with multiple lenses and changing them all of the time. It is so versatile and works in almost any situation.

        It is fairly durable. I recently dropped it from the top of my tripod (over five feet) and it only suffered a slight crack on the edge of the filter adapter. Still works great!

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        4.0

        Very convenient

        By Patrick

        from Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Convenience
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slow aperture

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

          The best camera and lens are the camera and lens that with you when you need to take a picture. This lens may not be the best lens ever made by Canon, but it has a very special place in my heart. Whenever I go out with my wife and daughter, especially when heading to a new location, I will bring this lens with me instead of my EF 40mm or my EF-S 60mm. This lens is the reason why I have not bought a 70-200mm lens yet.

          This is because I don't want to be swapping lens or miss a shot because 70mm is too long. Some of the shots of my daughter are the "get it now or forget about it" shots. For this type of shooting, the 18-200mm range is perfect.

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          5.0

          I am very satisfied with this product

          By cac157

          from Forest Hills, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

          And excellent and versatile product that needs to be part of your equipment.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great overall lens, very versatile

          By Sktna

          from Brazil

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Overall Use

          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

          Very versatile, great quality for the price, feels very robust. A little heavy makes it difficult to tale too many shots in sequence, but not an issue. Great product.

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          5.0

          I am very happy

          By Zdenko Bohmer

          from Slovakia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

            Great

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            • No

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            (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Big and capable

            By Henry

            from Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Very Sharp

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

            This is a big macro lens. It comes with a tripod collar which makes it balance very well. It is solidly built. I use manual focus and it focuses very well. The images are sharp. It has the perspective and depth of field found in a long macro. I like this but it may not suit everyone.
            It is my go to macro but takes a lot of room in the bag.

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            5.0

            review of Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6

            By Li

            from Falls Church, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

              I love this new lens. It is a versatile lens, going from wide angle to telephoto. It also means taking less lenses with me when I shoot. Images are beautiful; I'm very happy with this lens.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Wonderful lens

              By Bets

              from Gallatin Gateway Montana

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

                I have used this lens all around the Gallatin Valley in Montana and had wonderful results.

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                3.0

                Very Heavy

                By starryeyestara

                from San Marcos, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

                    I rated this a 3 minly becuase it is so heavy. It works great so far.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    nice lense

                    By jason

                    from Jacksonville,FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens:

                    this lense is awesome, as i have a canon 60d and fits perfect on it.

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