Comparing the Canon 18-55 with the 18-200, why does the 18-55 feel so cheap?

Started Jul 16, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Comparing the Canon 18-55 with the 18-200, why does the 18-55 feel so cheap?
Jul 16, 2011

My 60D kit came with the 18-200 lens. And I've used the 18-135. The zoom is smooth. Manual focus decent. I got my wife a used body only XSI and she wanted a kit lens to start with so I got her a 18-55 brand new, since used they were going for only $60 less.

I know we're talking about a $560ish lens vs a $160 one, but I was surprised how cheap feeling the 18-55 felt in comparison. The zoom feels bad. The manual focus feels worse.
Putting on the lens cap pushes the 18-55 zoom in so easily it's scary.

Anyone who has both get the same result or did I get a bad copy?

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