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

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This lens Stirred up Somewhat of
a Commotion on the Internet

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens Edition number three of the Canon 18-55mm kit lens. The first two editions of this lens were often disparaged on the web for insufficient corner sharpness, chromatic aberrations, and overall mediocre build quality. I have never used the older editions, but the sample mages I've seen were anything but noteworthy. These lenses go for peanuts eBay, as they aren't much in demand. By contrast, the Canon 18-55mm IS zoom has exceeded all expectations. If you require a lens for low light, this is not the lens. If your main objective is to shoot photos in low light situations like concerts and weddings, then instead get the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM.

Many reviewers and other people have unfavorably compared this lens with the acclaimed Canon L-Series lenses. I think those people are expecting way too much. You can not insist on a $200 lens functioning like a $1,000 L lens. This is similar to expecting a Toyota Corolla to perform like a Porsche 911. Never gonna' happen, however for its price the Toyota Corolla is an excellent small car. Similarly, this 18-55mm lens is a sensible purchase towards obtaining excellent photos. Pay no attention to those people who have rated this lens badly because of its short zoom (you should have purchased a lens that's longer) or to those people who say its construction quality is not nearly as good (you ought to have spent much more money)

This newest wide to slight telephoto (an equivalent 28.8-88mm focal length when mounted on an APS-C Canon camera) has stirred up somewhat of a commotion on the web during the last several months. It's become the zoom counterpart to the Canon 50mm f1.8, the opinion is that it's incredibly inexpensive although performs rather well. From an optical standpoint it has no observable deficits other than a minor optical aberration while at the wider zoom settings. Physically it is lightweight and small, while the image stabilization performs admirably. At this price point, it's a hard lens to beat if you would like a modest inexpensive walk around lens. Its only obvious competition is the non-HSM version Sigma 18-50mm, which has no image stabilization ,

The latest Canon Image Stabilizer (IS) delivers up to 4-stops of reparation for image blur created by slow shutter speeds and camera shake. Photographers typically shooting handheld using 1/250 sec now can turn on IS to capture a similarly blur-free and steady result using a faster shutter speed of 1/15 second. Including automatic panning detection allows for easier tracking of wildlife and additional moving subjects. To assure consistently precise results at every zoom setting, the IS system contained in each lens is optimized to that lens' particular focal length span. Because the Canon IS system is contained within the lens itself, the results are viewable through the viewfinder as you frame your subject.

The lens contains of 11 elements within 9 groups and employs a single aspherical lens element for correcting aberrations to obtain excellent image quality all through the entire zoom range while a circular aperture captures exquisite renderings for out-of-focus background areas. Sans a lot of weight, size, or expense, this lens expands photo-taking opportunities at those times slow shutter speeds become necessary. ✓

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length18 55 mm  
Stabilization type Yes (4 stops)  
Camera mount Canon EF-S  
Angle of view 74 20' - 27 50'  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F3.5 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F38.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 6  
Total Elements 11  
Number of Groups 9  
Coatings / special elements 1 Aspherical element  
Minimum focus distance 0.25 m (9.84")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.34 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor AF (DC Micromotor  
Full time manual focus manual focus option  
Focusing method Extending front  
Lens distance scale No  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical features
Overall weight200 g (0.44 lb)  
Lens diameter 69 mm (2.70")  
Overall length 70 mm (2.76")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread size 58 mm  
Filter annotations rotates on focus  
Lens hood included No  
Lens hood code EW-60C  
Tripod collar included No


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