Canon EF-S zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm F/3.5-5.6 for Canon EF-S

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Canon EF-S zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm F/3.5-5.6 for Canon EF-S

Compact and affordable, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is the ideal general-purpose standard zoom. Its 4-stop Image Stabilizer provides great performan...

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published 14/06/2008 | ferocity
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"Canon EF-S 18-55mm Zoom Lens"

I recently purchased a sweet Canon 400D/XTi Rebel from Amazon.co.uk (£45 cashback!) and this standard zoom lens (Canon EF-S 18-55mm) came with it.

As far as I know, you cannot purchase the Canon EF-S 18-5mm on it's own, as it's designed specifically to be sold with the 400D/XTi Rebel package. I'm sure you can pick up a cheap one on eBay though (probably removed from a kit package, or being sold due to an upgrade from kit package). I've seen the EF-S 18-55mm sell for around £25-£35 at undamaged/rarely used condition on eBay, which is quite cheap!

I obviously chose the kit lens package with my 400D/XTi Rebel as it only adds about £40 in the price difference, and I couldn't afford a new lens at that time.

Before I start reviewing the actual lens, I'd like to say that is is a kit lens. It doesn't have a great built quality, and doesn't perform very well obviously. You WILL need to upgrade eventually, as it'll degrade/break or you'll find the zoom limit restricting. I did, anyway.

Appearance
The EF-S 18-55mm is black, with two silver tripes around the bottom of the manual focusing ring and the zoom ring. The writing declaring that the lens is an EF-S 18-55mm and other places on the lens is also in silver.

Zoom ring
The zoom ring is quite stiff when you first use it, but it softens up eventually. It can be quite difficult to zoom in exactly where you want.

Manual focus ring
The manual focus ring is a joy to use, as I personally find it quicker and easier to focus on objects than with autofocus. It's also very easy to turn.

Picture quality
Picture quality is average when cropped and resized, but is quite grainy when zoomed in. The lens is also very small and light, which is great.

Build quality
I think the entire thing is made out of plastic (well the girl at Jessops said it was..) except the glass, although it's pretty sturdy. Saying that, I dropped mine onto a carpet and the zoom/extender tube broke.

All in all, the EF-S 18-55mm is quite a decent kit lens. It's good for begginers who want to get used to the SLR features. I reccomend upgrading soon after though, as you will find the zoom restricting and the picture quality grainy. Saying that, I'm going to purchase another one of these lens from eBay as they're really cheap and light to carry around on holiday.

(Sorry if I don't use 'SLR' terminolgy correctly.. I'm quite new to photography and SLRs in general)

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  • just.bcoz published 15/06/2008
    Great review
  • brittle1906 published 14/06/2008
    Very good review, honest with good detail. Linda x
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Product Information : Canon EF-S zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm F/3.5-5.6 for Canon EF-S

Manufacturer's product description

Compact and affordable, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is the ideal general-purpose standard zoom. Its 4-stop Image Stabilizer provides great performance in low light conditions. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is a high-quality, standard zoom lens that will appeal to photographers who prefer to travel light. With a focal length equivalent of 29-88mm in 35mm format, the lens' wide zoom range is suitable for most general photography. For close-up work, auto focus continues to work at distances of just 0.25m (25cm) throughout the zoom range. To minimize risk of image blur, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS incorporates Canon's latest 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology. This allows photographers to use shutter speeds up to 4 times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur - ideal for shooting in low light. As well as ensuring true color balance and sharp, high contrast images, Super Spectra coatings combat ghosting and flare by absorbing light reflecting off digital camera sensors or internal lens elements. An aspherical lens element delivers crisp, high contrast images even with the aperture fully opened.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon EF-S zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm, Canon EF-S zoom lens - 18 mm - 135 mm

Lens System: Zoom lens

Intended For: 35mm SLR, digital SLR

Mounting Type: Canon EF-S

Lens Aperture: F/3.5-5.6

Focal Length: 18 mm - 55 mm, 18 mm - 135 mm

Optical Zoom: 3 x, 7.5 x

Min Focus Distance: 25 cm, 28 cm, 39 cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens Construction: 9 group(s) / 11 element(s), 11 group(s) / 13 element(s), 12 group(s) / 16 element(s)

Special Functions: Zoom

Filter Size: 58 mm, 67 mm

Length: 7 cm, 6.9 cm, 7.52 cm, 9.6 cm

Weight: 200 g, 190 g, 205 g, 480 g

Designed For: EOS 1000D, 20D, 20Da, 300D, 30D, 350D, 400D, 40D, 450D, 500D, 50D, 7D, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital N, Kiss Digital X, Kiss F, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Rebel T1i, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi

Manufacturer: Canon

Lens System / Type: Lens

Lens System Mounting / Mounting Type: Canon

Long Name: EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-f5.6

General

MPN: 2042B005AA, 5121B005, 9475A002, 8114B005AA, 8114B005, 6097B002, 6097B005

Length: 7 cm, 6.9 cm, 7.52 cm, 9.6 cm

Diameter: 6.9 cm, 6.2 cm, 7.66 cm

Weight: 200 g, 190 g, 205 g, 480 g

Lens System

Type: Zoom lens

Special Functions: Zoom

Intended For: 35mm SLR, digital SLR

Focal Length: 18 mm - 55 mm, 18 mm - 135 mm

Lens Aperture: F/3.5-5.6

Minimum Aperture: F/22 - f/38

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 29 - 88mm, 28 - 90mm, 29 - 216mm

Optical Zoom: 3 x, 7.5 x

Magnification: 0.34, 0.28

Min Focus Distance: 25 cm, 28 cm, 39 cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Max View Angle: 74.3 degree(s), 64.5 degree(s)

Min View Angle: 27.8 degree(s), 11.5 degree(s)

Lens Construction: 9 group(s) / 11 element(s), 11 group(s) / 13 element(s), 12 group(s) / 16 element(s)

Filter Size: 58 mm, 67 mm

Diaphragm Blades: 6, 7

Lens Coating: Super Spectra coating, Coated

Mounting Type: Canon EF-S

Features: Aspherical lens, Internal focusing system, aspherical lens

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (Dynamic Image Stabilizer)

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Dust cap, lens cap

Compatibility Information

Designed For: Canon EOS 1000D, 20D, 20Da, 300D, 30D, 350D, 400D, 40D, 450D, 500D, 50D, 7D, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital N, Kiss Digital X, Kiss F, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Rebel T1i, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi

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