EF-S 18~55mm II or EF-S 18~55mm IS

Started Aug 23, 2009 | Discussions thread
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The IQ difference is considerable for me (2 18-55mm & 2 18-55mm IS experienced)
In reply to R2D2, Aug 24, 2009

You might be the lucky few to have a sharp 18-55mm

I had used 2 18-55, from 20D and 400D, they produce very soft image with bad contrast and saturation, first lens sold just days after, got 17-40mm L. the second lens was the 18-55mm USM version, which I though had been improved, which turns out to be just as bad. bought 16-35mm L (I) afterwards

both the 18-55mm IS from my Kiss X2 and 500D performs much better
Sold the 16-35mm 1 month after getting 450D with 18-55mm IS

I'm not saying the result is comparable, they are not, 16-35mm was way better. But it turns out the 18-55mm IS was good enough for my needs.

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