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CanonEF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)
  • Easily interchangeable (13)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Consistent output (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (13)
  • Video (7)
  • Macro photography (5)
  • Low light (3)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It works on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

I purchased this lens on April 16, 2013, for my Canon EOS Rebel T2i. You talk about razor sharp!

I purchased this lens on April 16, 2013, for my Canon EOS Rebel T2i. You talk about razor sharp!

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For the price, it's a great lens

I use the product for it's STM focusing features on the EOS C100. This is not a high quality optic lens it is a intro level kit lens. That being said it's a great...Read complete review

I use the product for it's STM focusing features on the EOS C100. This is not a high quality optic lens it is a intro level kit lens. That being said it's a great little lens for it's price point.

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4.0

Good value, light weight

By Dave

from Virginia

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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 STM Lens:

      light, compact, quick accurate focus. Makes a good walking around camera with the SL1 body, and a lot lighter and easier to use for casual work than the 5D3 and top glass.

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      4.0

      18-55 mm

      By MW

      from Berkeley,CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action

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

          Good lens for mid-range, and works for a wide arrange of shooting scenarios, from scenery to sports. f-stop capability below 3.5 would be fantastic, but would raise the price. As such, this lens performs well at a very reasonable price point.

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          5.0

          a great lens

          By Ross

          from Fentress, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

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

            I purchased this lens used. It looks new and is in good
            working condition. It will be used with my carry around camera, a canon SL1 which I use as my point and shoot. I normally print 4x6 so I consider the quality excellent. If I need bigger prints I use my T3i or 60d with better grade lens

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            5.0

            Beautiful Optics!

            By bmbfan

            from Newburyport,MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I got this with my new Canon 7DMKII from B&H as a replacement for the original 18-55 packaged with my original Digital Rebel and what an excellent lens! Sharp, quiet and versatile!

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              5.0

              Meets my needs

              By Hank

              from Punta Gorda,FL

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I am an novice photographer who like to take pictures. This lens complements my 55-250 lens.

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                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Wind smashed my lens

                  By Photo in love

                  from Philadelphia PA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I photograph a lot of flowers and sunsets. I use the lens to take pictures on tripod with very low lighting. I am able to get very sharp pictures and great depth.

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                  4.0

                  Such an upgrade from the IS II

                  By Steve from KOP

                  from PA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Non-metal Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

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

                  I originally purchased the 18-55mm IS II from Canon (it came with a T4i bundle). That lens recently broke so I needed to find a replacement and after doing lots of research of lens in that range I decided to give the STM version a try. This lens is sooo much nicer than the IS II version. The glass is really nice and I could not believe how fast the autofocus works (both video and still). It is also truly silent so if you are using it for video you won't have that annoying sound showing up in your video.The build quality is still plastic-like materials with a little metal thrown in there but that is to be expected at this price range. This is the perfect walking around lens and the lack of weight is actually a plus in my eyes.I highly recommend this as a sub $ everyday lens, and if you have the money its well worth an upgrade from the original 18-55 kit lens.

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                  4.0

                  Solid Performance for the price.

                  By J

                  from MA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  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 STM Lens:

                      Bought this to replace a similar and much older Signa lens that seems to be broken. It feels much lighter than the old lens. So far I've been very pleased with this lens for taking photos of both animals and humans. Mostly have used it for portraits and have been very pleased. There are fancier lenses available, but for the price this one is a hard worker with lovely results.

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                      4.0

                      Very nice lens for the price point

                      By Mudman Dave

                      from Stony Brook, NY

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I bought this lens to replace the 18-55 mm kit lens that I damaged on a previous trip. This lens autofocuses very quickly and is extremely quiet. I initially wasn't sure the autofocus was working because no sound was being made at all. The STM is great! The glass isn't the fastest, but the 18 mm-end is great for landscapes, and it's nice to have the 55 mm-end for closer work. Given the price, it's a nice lens to have in one's bag. My only complaint is that it's difficult to manually focus on infinity for taking pictures of stars at night. The manual focus ring has no indicator – one turns the ring one direction or the other to focus with no way of knowing where you really are.

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                        4.0

                        Great for video!

                        By Mel V.

                        from Los Angeles, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

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

                        I got this lens because of the STM feature. Tried it on my 70D and it works great outdoors. Nice sharpness and you can't hear the lens focusing - it's like magic. Not too good in low light however. But my L lens is not good in low light either and you can hear the focusing (a light buzzing sound). I give it 4 stars becuase the mount is made of plastic. I also ordered the 40mm STM and that one seems to be more solid with a good weight since the mount is made of metal.

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                        5.0

                        18-55 canon lens

                        By Sculley

                        from Delaware

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

                        Very easy to spend money and get what you want. Arrives almost next day

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                        5.0

                        Great

                        By Tony

                        from NY

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

                        I purchase a canon dslr camera t3i series and it's a great camera! Amazing quality

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                        5.0

                        Close to Mid-range

                        By jytaylor

                        from Westminster, CO

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Video

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

                          Quick and clear focus with repid detach from body. Excellent for close to mid-range shots. Looking forward to supplementing with a telephoto down the road.

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                          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          For the price, it's a great lens

                          By ZachMac

                          from Vermont

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Affordable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Optic Quality
                          • Slow aperture

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

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

                          I use the product for it's STM focusing features on the EOS C100. This is not a high quality optic lens it is a intro level kit lens. That being said it's a great little lens for it's price point.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very happy with this lens

                          By Mom to 3

                          from Hollywood, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          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 STM Lens:

                              This is a very nice light weight lens that focuses quickly and accurately and takes clear, crisp photos. With 3 small kids, there is never an occasion where I don't have to capture 20 images to get one where they are all looking at the camera, but it does so quickly and clearly. It had some trouble staying focused while capturing video in a dark area that was spotlit when there wasn't an obvious focal point, but all in all it has performed better than expected.

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                              5.0

                              Great!

                              By indian Traveler

                              from Denver,CO

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                This lens is great if you need a wide/medium lens. For the price it's pretty good and it's not too heavy either.

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Small lens awesome

                                By ajfotofilmagem

                                from Bahia Brazil

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Video

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

                                  Finally a kit lens worth have. If you do not need shots in low light, the new 18-55 STM can serve you very well. There are better lenses out there, but no zoom below $ 500 has better picture quality than this. The lens mount is still plastic, but the mechanism of focus and zoom are better and more durable. For video, the focus is nice and quiet fast without leaps. A natural choice for such cameras SL1 or T5i.

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                                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing little lens

                                  By Paul

                                  from San Marcos Texas

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Fast auto focus
                                  • Silent

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Casual Use
                                  • Travel

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

                                  I don't own this lens but I just recently tried it out at @. It focuses faster than any of my L lenses & is absolutely silent! I couldn't hear a thing. The lens looks better than the standard 18-55 kit lens & has a better, much smoother focus ring.

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                                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  great lens

                                  By bignolan

                                  from Cookeville, TN

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                    I use this lens mainly for landscape pictures.
                                    This lens gives me great pictures at 18mm trough 55mm. I have this lens without the STM.
                                    The pictures are sharper with the STM than the lens without. I have taken quite a few pictures
                                    sense buying the lens. I have gotten sharp pictures even in low light situations. I really
                                    like the lens. Nothing so far has given me any troubles so there are no negative comments to
                                    give

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                                    4.0

                                    Light, easy to carry. Good on the go.

                                    By Sunshine photo

                                    from Plantation, Florida

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Video

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

                                      I got this lens to use on my t4i as a walk around lens. It is light and easy to carry. Picture quality is good. Plus it's an STM. It will be going with me on our next trip to Disneyland so I do t have to carry heavy gear around but can still take awesome pictures.

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