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CanonEF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (17)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Easily interchangeable (13)
  • Consistent output (12)

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), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Cheap and Effective

By RB

from Detroit, MI

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Purchased this lens because my Canon 18-135mm got artifacts in the barrel. Not the greatest lens in the world, but it does the job and acts as a great backup/second wide to the lenses I currently own.

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      5.0

      Thumbs up

      By RB

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Excellent lens for the price. Needed another zoom lens after dirt/dust got into the lens barrel of my older wide. I really enjoy that Canon didn't opt for putting the focus ring on the part of the lens that extends as they did in previous models.

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          4.0

          Good value, light weight

          By Dave

          from Virginia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Very nice lens for the price point

                              By Mudman Dave

                              from Stony Brook, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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

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                                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

                                  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:

                                      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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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      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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