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

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

Dec, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability. The price also gets good feedback. Opinions are divided on the usability.

price, reliability

On average, users rate this product 79/100 and experts rate this product 70/100.

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Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

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

 

The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II is the standard kit lens for Canon EOS cameras. It's not the best built lens in the world, but is quite sharp.

Sharp. Light. Inexpensive. Optically stabilized.

Noticeable distortion. Front element rotates during focus. Plastic lens mount. Slow aperture.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Szymon Starczewski (lenstip.com)

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

 

At the beginning of 2011, along with launches of new reflex cameras, a new kit lens was shown as well - we think here about the EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II model, equipped with optical image stabilization, which is supposed to accompany the simplest...

very good image quality in the frame centre at shorter focal lengths ; even performance on the edge of the frame ; well-controlled chromatic aberration at the longest focal length ; moderate coma ; satisfactory work against bright light ; decent...

plastic casing and mount ; chromatic aberration at shorter focal lengths could have been lower ; noticeable distortion at 18 mm ; high vignetting at the widest angle ; not efficient stabilization ; modest standard accessory kit

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Mister Spaccato (lenstip.com)

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

 

Beginners will have a good time playing with this lens, until they'll start craving for a lens with a bigger maximum aperture.

Good sharpness, accurate autofocus

The front element extends and rotates when focusing, and thus making the lens unsuitable for use with filters. It is entirely made of plastics, and looks fragile. Narrow maximum aperture, and variable across the focal length range

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Mister Spaccato (lenstip.com)

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

 

Beginners will have a good time playing with this lens, until they'll start craving for a lens with a bigger maximum aperture.

Good sharpness, accurate autofocus

The front element extends and rotates when focusing, and thus making the lens unsuitable for use with filters. It is entirely made of plastics, and looks fragile. Narrow maximum aperture, and variable across the focal length range

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: MichaelMcGrath (lenstip.com)

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

 

I've read lately that it compares with the ten times more expensive Canon EFS 17-55 IS, that they are equal in IQ . That said I'd swap it with you for that or an L lens!

Sharper than the Canon 17-40/4 L handheld because of the IS, in fact it beats all Canon wide lenses because of this. Load up with two of them in case one breaks though they're sturdier than they feel and look. The plastic mount doesn't matter - because...

It doesn't look or feel professional, that's all

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: MichaelMcGrath (lenstip.com)

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

 

I've read lately that it compares with the ten times more expensive Canon EFS 17-55 IS, that they are equal in IQ . That said I'd swap it with you for that or an L lens!

Sharper than the Canon 17-40/4 L handheld because of the IS, in fact it beats all Canon wide lenses because of this. Load up with two of them in case one breaks though they're sturdier than they feel and look. The plastic mount doesn't matter - because...

It doesn't look or feel professional, that's all

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: tony (lenstip.com)

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

 

great lens for the price

very sharp, very light, very cheap

cheap plastic

May, 2012

Consumer review by: tony (lenstip.com)

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

 

great lens for the price

very sharp, very light, very cheap

cheap plastic

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Piere Poulin (lenstip.com)

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

 

Unbeatable optics for the price.But why don't they offer the same lens with quality materialslike the EFS 55-250mm which is also inexpensive ?

I make razor sharp pictures with no chromatic abberation

The plastic feels very very cheap.Spherical aberration is very noticeable

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Piere Poulin (lenstip.com)

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

 

Unbeatable optics for the price.But why don't they offer the same lens with quality materialslike the EFS 55-250mm which is also inexpensive ?

I make razor sharp pictures with no chromatic abberation

The plastic feels very very cheap.Spherical aberration is very noticeable

Feb, 2012
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Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser: Yes
Ultra Sonic Motor: No

General Features

3D: No
Application:SLR Camera
Bayonet Compatibility:Canon
Camera Mount:Canon EF / EF-S
Lens Mount:Not Applicable
Product Type:Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Type Single Focal Length Lens:Zoom Lens
Usage:Digital Cameras
ZOOM ONEME OLD:Wide Angle Zoom Lens
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