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

(based on 441 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (367)
  • Consistent output (224)
  • Easily interchangeable (214)
  • Durable (177)
  • Strong construction (173)

Cons

  • Heavy (127)
  • Lens creep (82)
  • Poor in low light (39)
  • Slow focus (12)
  • Blurry focus (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (250)
  • Sports/action (179)
  • Wildlife photos (161)
  • Weddings (113)
  • Low light (94)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (169), Casual photographer (82), Semi-pro photographer (56), Enthusiast (47), Semi-professional (21)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (220), Yes (26)

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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5.0

Great all purpose lens

By Doug

from Tennessee

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This is my 2nd 18-200 lens which I received 3/9/16. The IS quit working on the first one I got in Oct, 2008. I was very happy with the first one and the 2nd one seems very good also. One thing I noticed is that there is no lens creep. The zoom ring seems to have much more resistance. I just got back from a 3 week trip and have taken several hundred pictures with it am very pleased with the performance of the lens. My first lens stayed nearly dust free for the years I used it and hope this one will do the same. With the zoom range you do not have to change lenses and therefore much less chance of getting dirt on the sensor. Auto focus seems fast even though it does not have USM.

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      5.0

      Not bad for a refurbished lens

      By The Miff

      from New york city

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Great lens great price from B&H video!!!!!!

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        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Versatile Lens

        By BVT Keith

        from Upton, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • A Little Slow Shutter

        Best Uses

        • anything
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This lens is one of the canon package options when buying a DSLR and that is a great time to get it! I chose it for the added versatility over the other option (18-55 or 18-135) and for only $100 more. Ultimately you will get a $[$]lens for around $300 when buying as a package. It is a 72mm front element which allows for great light and color depth. In addition it's versatile and if you are thinking about making the purchase when starting out, it may help prevent you from having to buy multiple lenses at once. Also for active photographers who tend to hike gear into remote places,it reduces the weight of your pack. Also a much sturdier barrel than any of the other stock lenses.

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        4.0

        Great "all-purpose" lens

        By sdh

        from Chelsea, MI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I bought this lens as a gift for my husband who is just starting out in photography. The range is great for someone who doesn't want to have to switch lenses often. The auto-focus is fast and reliable.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Reunion winner!

            By Cathy the photographer

            from Sarasota, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • FAMILY REUNION
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This fabulous lens rocketed me into the photography lead at our family reunion. Interesting candids, adorable smiles on tiny faces, and 44 smiles all in one outdoor location were child's play for this magnificent 18-200mm lens. I only wish I'd had it last year on safari! Thank you B&H!

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            5.0

            Worth the money

            By Photography Lover

            from Salt Lake City, UT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use my camera for both professional and personal use. This lens was a worthwhile investment. The one thing I've noticed in my use of the product is that you have to be mindful and lock the focus because if not, it doesn't consistently focus on all subjects. Overall the quality of images is awesome!

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            5.0

            Great lens

            By Louie

            from Florida

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              very versatile and easy to use

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              • No

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              5.0

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

              By Sujie

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Lens Creep

              Best Uses

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

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

              I use ONE lens now for close-up, normal (50-60mm), and telephoto.
              Made the mistake of buying the standard lens with my last SLR and bought an additional telephoto. Choosing between the two was always a challenge.
              I'm not a professional, but shoot all my artwork and have some nature shots of birds in flight that look "professional".
              Detail, when zooming in in Photoshop is remarkable.
              I wish there was a lens lock in any position.

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              5.0

              Versatile all around performance

              By Zuc

              from Syracuse

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

              This is the lens to carry as an all around performer. Performance is good throughout its range. I primarily use the zoom to capture action sports in which the autofocus has been dead on. No flare however I purchased the hood which for the price should be included. It's not an l lens but images have been sharp.

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              5.0

              good lens for a lens kit

              By Claudine

              from sacramento

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I bought my camera with this lens.It was my first lens that gave me confidence.Beautiful picture ,versatile.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                great lens

                By Clau

                from San Francisco Ca

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I use every day,almost,this lens.Pleased with it.

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                • No

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                (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Most Versatile Lens for Canon APS-C

                By RGomezPhotos

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Street photography
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                This is the lens I use for client or personal use and I only want to bring my APS-C Canon 50D. An older camera for sure. But also regarded as the last true pro-am X0D cameras. For possibly any APS-C Canon cameras, this can be a lens you can use for many occasions.

                Two things I like most about this lens: Color IQ and focal length range. Images are clean and vibrant. I can use this lens in a pinch for any paid client work. The only time I would be even slightly concerned is to do head shots with it. You might have to sharpen the image in post. But that would be a very minor item.

                With the focal length, this is really an event lens where you may not be able to move about. Or you can/want bring only one camera and lens and need versatility. You can do some great, big group shots in tight spaces as well as photographing a staged performance while in the audience. At 50' from a stage, you can get good head shots with the equivalent 300mm on the long end. I feel the AF motor is quite fast as well.

                Other positives. Though the lens wobbles a bit, it doesn't affect quality and the plastics feel durable. Just as durable as the Canon 24-105mm f4L. Very lightweight. IS really does make a difference at slower shutter speeds.

                For a versatile APS-C lens, it doesn't get much better than this. But there are definitely trade-offs with a big focal range. Sharpness isn't spectacular at the long end. Resolution falls off quite a bit but still very useable. Crazy lens-creep. If this lens is attached and your camera is pointing down, the lens completely moves. This doesn't bother me as because the camera is only pointing down when I'm taking a break. f4 across the focal range would be AMAZING... But f5.6 has been adequate at the long end. Even though the lens-wobble and lens-creep doesn't introduce any image issues, it should be fixed.

                For APS-C only, it's tough to beat this lens. The only other alternative I would consider would be the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8. It's sharpness and color contrast is superior. But you lose a ton of range and it's at least double in weight. It WILL tire your hand and arm on a full day of shooting.

                Because of the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, I know I will use APS-C for a long time. Improve the positives and remove some of the negatives and you'd have a more pro-like lens.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Grande Ande

                from Vermont

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

                I am a high school photography teacher and yearbook adviser, so I take over 40,000 photos a year. I use this lens with my 70D. I was hesitant to buy it because I thought the image quality would suffer with such a wide variable range 18mm-200mm. I was wrong. I love the quality at all focal lengths. Yes the lens is heavy, but I don't care. It beats having to remove and change lens when I don't have time. My new favorite lens for any situation.

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                5.0

                Great walk around lens

                By Rockin Bob

                from Allen Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I purchased this lens to go with my new Canon 70D camera. I have a number of other lenses like the 24-105 and the 28-135. I wanted this new lens to give me more reach than a 135 could provide. So far I am impressed with this lens and I recommend as a good walk around lens.

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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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                      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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