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CanonEF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens (White Box)
 
4.5

(based on 158 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (120)
  • Easily interchangeable (95)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (87)
  • Consistent output (65)
  • Durable (47)

Cons

  • Weak casing (23)
  • Poor in low light (19)
  • Slow focus (13)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Rotating front element (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (82)
  • Low light (41)
  • Weddings (41)
  • Sports/action (32)
  • Wildlife photos (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (48), Casual photographer (42), Semi-pro photographer (24), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (82), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great general purpose lens.

I heard so many good things about this lens that I decided to give it a try, since the price is so cheap.
This lens was the biggest surprise to me of all...Read complete review

I heard so many good things about this lens that I decided to give it a try, since the price is so cheap.
This lens was the biggest surprise to me of all lenses I have ever purchased. It is razor sharp even wide open at every focal length and in the corresponding focal length range it is as sharp as my 24-105L lens on the 5D MK II body.
It is a cheaply built plastic mount lens, but you can not expect a "L" lens built quality in a cheap lens like this one. I keep it on my 3rd body a Canon 50D all the time and it is with me in the car everywhere I go. Many times it came very handy and the picture quality is amazing.
The bottom line is that you can not loose on this lens and I highly recommend it if you need a small and light walk around lens for your crop field Canon body.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Start Here if you've never used a VDSLR

Using DSLR for Video function not stills.

Good:
Cheap for a DSLR lens
Image Stabilization with an on/off switch
Light weight, doesn't destabilize the camera

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Using DSLR for Video function not stills.

Good:
Cheap for a DSLR lens
Image Stabilization with an on/off switch
Light weight, doesn't destabilize the camera

Bad:
Variable aperture challenging indoors
Focus ring is on the lip not the body
Only for APS-C cameras

Its less than half the price of any decent Canon prime. Aside from this the 50mm 1.8 II (~$99) would be a good starting lens for experimenting which focal lengths are useful to you. When you've saved up your pennies you can buy the 'serious' lenses which go from hundreds to thousands. To put it in perspective, this lens is about the price of a good CPL filter on a 72/77mm lens. It works in daylight or in very good lighting with high ISO indoors. It gives you time to think about what you really want rather than sinking a lot of money immediately.

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5.0

Great Everyday Lens

By Photo Lover

from Ogden, UT

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

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

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

I love using this product for everyday photos. When it comes to my business I love using it for dancing shots at a wedding and those big group shots.

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  • No

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5.0

Great Basic Lens

By PhotoTeacher

from Prior Lake, MN

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This is the base lens that I use for all the school cameras I have in my classroom. It's easy to use and takes great quality images for the beginner photographer.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great item

    By Nick

    from Dunkirk, ny

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

    Shipped in great time and exactly what I ordered. Replaced old lense

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    5.0

    Love it

    By Blondiegirl

    from Texas

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

    So glad to have a 18-55mm lens again! So happy with my purchase!!

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    4.0

    Good lens

    By Quinn

    from Melbourne, Florida

    About Me Photography Student

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Price

    Cons

    • Auto-focus Not Super Fast
    • Feels Kind Of Cheap

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Great every day lens. I shoot all kinds of pictures and it works good for me. Anything from landscape to action sports like skateboarding and bmx! its a great everday lens

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    • No

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    5.0

    excellent for my needs

    By Azy

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Good for travel
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      My old lens of this type lasted 15 years of traveling around the globe. It is light and did so well for so long. I'm glad to have another, but this time around I got a case for it and vow to use it religiously so the lens will last even longer and I will need to clean it less frequently.

      Get one!

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      2.0

      Good focal distance fror 7D

      By las27563481

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

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

        Bought this lens for shooting closer up than my 28-135 USM lens could reach for car shows and cruise-in's where you want to be closer the your subject. Have had manual focus limitation problems, where it couldn't "reach" good focus. Do like having a lighweight lens for carrying around and less worry dollars wise, but will probably not buy another [*] Canon lens because of this example.

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        5.0

        The Perfect lens for me and my 7D

        By seize the moment imaging

        from Hampton, Virginia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action

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

        Smooth operation. quick focusing, light weight, clear images, No complaints for my own photography and for the portrait sittings that I do. No complaints and recommend without reservation.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great short range lense.

        By Licon

        from Arkansas

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

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

        We use our EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Autofocus Lens (White Box) for a photo booth, attached to a Canon T3i. So far it works great. We've always trusted Canon products. The images are clear and sharp. We wish the lease focused faster; however, for the price we paided, we are not complaining.

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        5.0

        Great Lens for an Awesome Price

        By JGoodale Photography

        from Alexandria, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

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

        As you know, this is the standard lens that comes with the Canon Rebel XS. Well, my original one stopped AFing and the cost to fix it would have been nearly twice what I paid on B&H. I use this lens everyday! Fast shipping and quality product.

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        3.0

        Cheap, but not to bad.

        By Lost in the woods

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

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

        For what you paid for it, this lens is not to bad. Some of my pictures are defiantly "soft" when I know that everything was in focus. The lens is cheaply made, with every thing made from plastic and a lot of slop in the barrel movement. Overall though for a sub [$] lens, it's pictures aren't that bad.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Exactly what I ordered! Fast service.

        By Joankelley

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          Your return policy is good, so I was not worried
          about sending back the lens. I did not have to do that because it is exactly what I ordered, and now my camera is working perfectly. Thank you.

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          5.0

          Great value!!

          By Marcos Taro

          from Aracaju, Brasil

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          It's a great product for this price.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Affordable Lens!

          By Joshua Lay

          from Tulsa, OK

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I am fairly new to the world of photography and video and was looking for a good affordable lens to help aid me through the learning processes. After much research, I chose this lens because it provided the same great uses as a normal stock camera lens one would get when purchasing a camera set. However, the lens is even better providing a few better specs. I personally find the lens to be very useful for every day life. I find it to work very well for video as well. One reviewer stated that the auto-focus was loud, causing it to be terrible for video usage. However, I believe he is totally wrong. The auto-focus is basically silent and does not even come close to interfering with video recording.

            Some have said the lens seems a little poorly put together, but I have found it to be very durable so far. Obviously if you avoid dropping it and mishandling it the lens should last for a very long time, if not a life time.

            Overall I highly suggest this lens for beginners. It helps get your feet wet without shelling out a lot of cash. Of course, the lens is also great for any other different level of experienced photographers and video specialists.

            But you don't have to take my word for it. (Levar Burton reading rainbow anybody?)

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            5.0

            Just pop it on and go.

            By Kathi

            from Harrisburg, Pa

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

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

              This replaces a similiar lense I purchased from B&H over 10 years ago. I used and will use for weddings, trips to the zoo, flowers, grandkids, and of course fireworks. Have a couple of zooms and a nice macro but this is the lenses that I "go to".

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              5.0

              Great Lens!

              By KG

              from Nashville, TN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is my favorite every day lens, it works great, takes great photos and is very versatile!

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                3.0

                So-so...

                By Mellow Yellow

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I use this one as a basic lens and it's ok. I mean, for a beginner, it's a fun lens to have, but it doesn't do much to me.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      consistently top of the line

                      By Farmer Doug

                      from Milroy PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I received this lens as part of a kit when I purchased my camera several years ago. I have had nothing but great service from the first one--that is--until I dropped it in the sand (enough said) I am a semi-pro photographer and have used these lenses hard. Rave reviews.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing :)

                        By Tiago

                        from Montreal, Canada

                        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
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          This is a amazing lens !!! C est super :)

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                          5.0

                          Very happy with this lens

                          By Jackie

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                I purchased this lens to replace the one that came with my kit. This is a great lens especially for the price.

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