Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF-S-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 28.8-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/38
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Micro Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 6-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Overview

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Compact, lightweight, and versatile, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II from Canon is a standard zoom offering a 28.8-88mm equivalent focal length range. One aspherical element is featured in the lens design and helps to control spherical aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range for consistent sharpness and clarity. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to individual elements to control flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy in all lighting conditions. Complementing the imaging capabilities is a four-stop-effective Image Stabilizer system that minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Additionally, a Micro Motor autofocus system delivers quick focusing performance and a minimum focusing distance of 9.8" is available at all focal lengths for close-up shooting.

Compact standard zoom is designed for APS-C-format Canon EF-S-mount DSLRs, and offers a 28.8-88mm equivalent focal length range.
One aspherical element is used to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range in order to maintain sharpness and clarity.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
A Micro Motor autofocus system provides quick focusing performance and a dedicated AF/MF switch allows for quick switching between auto and manual focusing methods.
Minimum focusing distance of 9.8" is available throughout the zoom range for working with close-up subjects.
Rounded six-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Specs

Focal Length 18 to 55mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28.8 to 88mm)
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22 to 38
Lens Mount Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 74 20' to 27 50'
Maximum Magnification 0.34x
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 6, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Size 58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (DxL) 2.70 x 2.76" / 68.5 x 70 mm
Weight 7 oz / 200 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.646 x 3.622 x 3.465"

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Reviews

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 342.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy First off, I get a little annoyed at reviews that don't tell you what system the product was used on. With some of the previous reviews I feel that the users that were complaining about the performance really don't know how to handle a DSLR or what to expect. Auto focus systems need a "contrasting image" to focus on so if you try to focus on an area that is blank it will have a hard time focusing and "hunt" for an image. The 18-55mm was a kit lens with a Canon T3i that I purchased as a second camera. The lens preforms beautifully giving crisp, sharp photos. Auto focus is fast and precise. I.S. is flawless. All together a great buy for a standard zoom
Date published: 2012-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect fit at an affordable price I wanted a lens that was more versatile than my prime lenses for just being out and about, but didn't want to have to invest too much, while staying as high in quality as possible. I actually used this lens at a wedding in a small space this past weekend and it worked great! The only down side is I'm spoiled with how wide the aperture can get with my prime, so adjusting for low light was expected. It definitely doesn't feel as high in quality, but that also provides less weight when hiking or walking around town. If you're looking for a good starter lens, or something to add a little variety for every day, I would highly suggest this lens.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No complaints for a kit lens Received this lens as part of an EOS kit. Really enjoyed having the image stabilization included, which helps make up for the average aperture range of the lens. The zoom range is very useful, and the lens is very capable on the wide end. As expected, sharpness is not excellent, nor is the autofocus quick enough to keep up with more demanding subjects. However, the overall balance of price, performance and features is strong. I'd recommend this lens to anyone starting out in photography, especially as part of a kit. Those who already have an EOS body might consider a faster lens or one with USM.
Date published: 2009-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for landscapes, buildings Good all-around general purpose lens, versatile enough for many situations. Relatively light weight. Good for a walk in the woods because it can capture a decent wide-angle landscape shot, yet still take a great close-up photo of an object along the trail, such as a flower. Limited zoom means it cannot get a close-up of distant wildlife, so if that's your target, you will need to consider a different lens. This lens works great for fitting buildings into the frame when standing close. I have taken some beautiful night shots of cityscapes with this lens using a tripod and long exposure.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Start Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one that zooms in & out like this does. Even outdoors with good light, that 5.6 aperture at 55mm does a number on your shutter speed and I'm guessing that's why IS is built into it. Indoors, unless you have a tripod, really good lighting or have a very steady form, you will notice some blur, even with IS on. If you buy this with a body, it's good to help you test and experiment, but if you get a body with no lens, don't bother getting this as your first. Still, if you're new and get this with a body, use it to help you understand aspects of photography & lens technology.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Walk Around Lens I got this w/ the T3i. I actually have no complaints about this lens at all. It delivers sharp images almost throughout. It is very versatile, and can shoot Macro shots, okay portraits, and ok zoom shots. I personally do alot of outdoor photography, and this does pretty good, but doesnt zoom enough for Birds, deer, etc without getting pretty close. But for Macro shots, I have been enjoying this lens alot and was suprised that it could do so well! I have already bought the 50mm 1.8 prime lens, which is perfect for portraits, and shows better colors and Bokeh in images. But my next purchase will be a better quality telephoto zoom lens to get a little more distance on my shots for further away subjects. Overall a Nice Walk-around/all-purpose lens. No complaints and love the IS!
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great standard zoom for Entry Level DSLR I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit that I'm very satisfied. The IS works as advertised, 0.5 seconds w/18mm and 1/6 seconds w/55mm are no problem. When I was in London last year, I was able to shot a bunch of free-hand panorama photos at the River Thames bank, which I merged into one panorama which decorates my office now.
Date published: 2008-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good starter lens! I actually like this lens. But it's not my favorite. I've used if for about a year now. And have impressed myself at some of the shots I've taken. I've had the chance to try our a couple L lenses and the only thing that I think I have missed is the build quality, and the better apertures. I like the fact that it at least has IS. It helps in low light, but is not excellent. I find myself raising the ISO frequently to compenste for the small apertures even with the IS. I think the range is great for general purpose, although, it wouldn't hurt to extend it to 70 or 85mm. Basically, I'm glad that this lens is included in the kit, but if you are serious about taking good pictures, you will want to upgrade if you have the means.
Date published: 2011-02-17
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