Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Announced Aug 26, 2008 •
Lens | Canon EF-S
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I purchased this as the standard lens with my 7D. Although quite a heavy combination, it provides a very usable walk around combination. I only swap it out for the 10-22mm occasionally. After several year however and having seen the results of some of the prime lens I think the results from the  18-200mm are a little soft but post processing can boost that without too much trouble. It does however fully extend whenever facing down so you either have to remember to lock the lens in using the ...

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I use this lens 90% of the time and only have a few wishes: Better low light focusing Faster AF Better DOF Problems: None!

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montygm
 
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Bought this lens mainly as an all rounder travel lens over 7 years ago, it had an average retail price of around $1000 plus at various stores. Not a shabby price back then. Price has considerably dropped since then and more accurately reflects on the true value of product quality.The 18-200 has an incredible zoom range if you want a lens that will cover pretty much everything when travelling and is great if you don't want to keep changing lenses and carrying too much gear with you as it ...

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Tamati
 
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I have been using this lens for well over a year now, paired up with a Canon 60D and it has been great. I originally had the twin lens kit 18-55 and 70-300 but found I was missing a lot of shots when I had the wrong lens on - this has totally eliminated the issue due to its fantastic range. You do need to be aware of some of the limitations: at the 18mm there is a lot of distortion at the edges - people will have 'fat arm' syndrome at this length if they are positioned close to the sides of ...

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This lens is a work horse, it has been on many travels and sports days with me and it hasn’t given up on me yet. The optical quality might not be the best, but for the price you are paying it is well worth it. The huge focal length, light weight and built in IS all add up in the end. I originally bought this lens as a walk around multi-functional lens, I now use it for sport and wildlife and it has done me proud. One does need to play to the lens' strengths to avoid the drawbacks. Anything ...

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I would have to say thiat this lens is mediocre. The lens has trouble focusing in close up situations as well as picture quality is degredated at best.

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Istvan Peter Bokor
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Sinve when I have had it (2 years), it is my all-around lens.Wherever I travel, this is my first choice.The scientific articles present this lens as a compromise lens, that would never deliver quality.They must be right on paper. However, in real world, no lens can beat it. I find the 18-200 together with ef-s 10-22 the perfect combination, that is also fine from the weight's point of view. Special point: the image stabilization is just fantastic. The 60d works with it in good ...

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daniemare
 
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This was my first lens purchase, and admittedly I wasn't to familiar with the ins and out of optics back then. I was never to impressed with the quality of this lens, even before I knew about stuff like viginetting, speed and IQ. The zoom range was attractive, but to be honets, from 170-200mm there isn't any real zoom and only degradation of the image. It is heavier than you think and quite clunky if you were thinking of this as a walk around do-it-all lens. So I got a 17-50 f2.8 and for me, ...

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GDML77
 
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I have recently quit on photography to dedicate myself to retouch, and finally have some time to give out a few reviews. I had quite a few lens, multiple zoom ranges and primes, L glass, Tokina, etc. This 18-200, is quite an under rated lens. The long zoom, makes people suspicious, but no reason for that. Sharpness is quite impressive for a large zoom range, maybe just not so much as it approaches the 200mm zone... It is not that much brilliant in terms of color rendering, it needs a bit of ...

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In terms of built-quality and handling, the Canon 18-200 is a pretty nice lens. It's smooth to zoom (at least compared to Tamron 18-270), and I believe it feels and is robust enough for the average user. The autofocus is, even though is has a micro motor, rather quick. My biggest complain is about the optical quality. As seen in dpreview's review, it's not that sharp with the largest aperture and in some situations an incredible amount of chromatic aberration. There are however a pretty good ...

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