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

published 03/07/2009 | Annallon
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Pro Worst lens for a professional but good to start out with; cheap; easy to learn with;
Cons Worst lens for a pro, frontal element rotates,
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"Cheap lens = cheap photos!"


Must make this clear that it is the older version of 18-55mm before they upgraded it to fit the 450D and above. So 400D and below.

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When starting out in photography; most people get entry level camera body like 400D Canon EOS, this lens comes with the body to form the basic kit lens. As far as I know, you cannot purchase this lens officially with its boxes and such, you can buy one off Ebay for a reduced price of £50 or so without its boxes.

Before purchasing the entire kit, you will have to realise that the lens will have to be replaced very soon as it does not perform as well as its counterparts such as Canon 24-105mm for example. So do not expect high quality photographs from this lens.

The build quality is quite plastic-y and rather light, which made me uncomfortable with its seemingly fragility. The entire lens is made out of plastic, except for the lens itself. The slot where you insert it into the body is made out of metal so I was slightly assured that it wasn't going to fall off. There are two rotational bands; one for the small zoom provided and one for focussing. You can have it in two ways; automatic focus or you can control the focussing yourself. The manual focussing I felt, was incredibly difficult to do on the 18-55mm lens. I cannot explain why. But for most people, they will find it a lot easier to do manual than automatic, as it is a lot quicker. However, beware of unsharp results. The automatic focus is quite fast and accurate but if it focusses on the wrong area of the frame, you will have to turn to manual to rectify this.

The optical zoom on this was predictably disappointing; the focal length was short. I liked the 18mm as it was good for wide-angled photographs for example of landscape photographs.

Detail in the photos I have produced using this has been fairly average; the sharpness could have been improved; to use this, I would have to consider the lightning very carefully, adjusting the ISO speed, F/stops and the shutter speed just to ensure a sharp picture. I know that the IS range lens, the quality is so much better and you don't have to adjust it as much as you do with this lens.


The front element of the lens rotates when it focusses so it is rather unprofessional that it should rotate; what about the filters that clips onto the front? Canon obviously thought that people who uses filters will have upgraded from this lens before it became a problem. Obviously they were wrong.

This lens suffers massive flares when approached by certain sunlight, it shows up in my photos and effectively ruins them. Also, it exhibits the purple fringing; it is visible at all focal lengths and apertures. Nothing anyone can do to prevent this, it is to do with the chromatic aberration from the lens. It is much more obvious when shooting a dark object against a white background. It is only noticeable if you crop a small section of the photo, it will become quite obvious. But if you do not crop at all, it may not be noticeable.

This lens doesn't even have an image stabiliser which is pretty important to gain a sharp image, it corrects any blurry images for you. This lens would have improved so much if it had IS.


Overall, it is good for any new photographers starting out, to learn all the features this camera body has. But they will sorely be limited by the functionalities of the lens and will be looking to upgrade to better quality/wider range focal lens. It produces not the best quality photos but then again, it is cheap.

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  • obscuredbykep published 29/07/2009
    Really need to upgrade my lense
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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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