Canon 18-55mm EF Zoom Lens

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Engineered Specifically for Digital Shooting

Canon EF-M 18-55mm standard zoom lensCanon Standard zoom lens designed exclusively for the Canon Digital EOS M Camera. Equivalent focal length to approximately. 28-90mm in 35 mm Full Frame format, making it an ideal all around lens. It features the Canon optical image stabilizer engineering providing as much as four equivalent click stops of camera shake correction, eliminating image blur created by slow shutter speeds and camera shake . This assures crisp, clear images, even in poor lighting situations. Outfitted with Movie Servo autofocus, the EF-M zoom lens is ideal for capturing video. It also contains Dynamic IS, which delivers the image stabilization necessary for walking as you are shooting in movie mode.

Engineered specifically for digital shooting, the EF-M zoom contains a circular seven blade aperture. This provides beautiful, velvety backgrounds. In addition, optimized lens coatings and placement ensure minimal flare and ghosting. The lens also contains three aspheric elements, to cut down on aberration throughout the entire zoom range to deliver high contrast and high resolution for tremendous image quality. Optimized coatings and lens placement assure minimal flare and ghosting. Additionally the lens supports the Movie Servo AF mode of the EOS M Camera for quiet and smooth continuous AF during video capture by employing a stepping motor; also it features Dynamic IS to deliver the image stabilization necessary while recording movies when walking around (using the movie shooting mode).

This lens has created a mild stir over the internet during the last several months. In a way, it's a zoom equivalent of the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens, in a sense that it is very inexpensive although performs exceptionally well. From an optical viewpoint it contains no obvious deficits except from a slight protrusion at the wider range settings. Physically it is light and small, while the image stabilization performs well. At this price point and as a package, it's hard to pass up if you don't want to spend a lot of money for a respectable walk around lens.

The only other obvious competition that comes to mind is the 18-50mm Sigma, however it doesn't feature image stabilization, and it provides no advantages over the Canon IS 18-55mm and it's not any less money. Its the third edition of the Canon18-55mm kit lens. The first two versions of this lens were often ridiculed on the net for poor corner sharpness, chromatic aberrations, and overall poor build quality. I can't corroborate any of that, as I haven't shot with the older models, although the sample images I've seen were not all that impressive.

These lenses are selling cheaply on eBay, as they are not in much demand. By contrast, this 18-55mm IS exceeds expectations, and it has received excellent reviews, most notably from Photozone. and Digital Photography Review. They delve into much detail regarding the sharpness of the images and other features. - July 23, 2012 ✓

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Specifications

Lens type Zoom lens  
Max Format size APS-C / DX  
Focal length 18 55 mm  
Aperture
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F5.6  
Aperture ring No  
Optics
Elements 13  
Groups 11  
Focus
Minimum focus 0.25 m (9.84")  
Autofocus Yes  
Motor type Stepper motor  
Full time manual Unknown  
Focus method Internal  
Distance scale No  
DoF scale No  
Physical
Weight 210 g (0.46 lb)  
Diameter 61 mm (2.40")  
Length 61 mm (2.40")  
Zoom method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread 52 mm  
Hood supplied Yes  
Tripod collar No


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