Pre-Photokina 2008: Canon today has also introduced the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom lens. With an equivalent focal length of 29-320mm, the lens offers 11x zoom range. It also features a 16 element, 12 group construction including UD and aspherical lens elements and a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer.

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The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS: versatile, compact, telephoto zoom

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 26 August, 2008: Canon today strengthens its EF-S series of lenses with the launch of a versatile new model: the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. With an equivalent focal length of 29-320mm, the lens offers an 11x zoom range – making it a powerful, lightweight alternative to carrying multiple lenses. The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is designed exclusively for use with EOS cameras featuring an EF-S lens mount – including the new EOS 50D, EOS 1000D, EOS 450D, and earlier models.

High quality optics
The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS features a 16 element, 12 group construction. This includes UD and aspherical lens elements, which minimise chromatic aberration and ensure crisp, corner-to-corner detail across the zoom range. A close focusing distance of just 45cm offers photographers total framing flexibility.

4-stop Image Stabilizer
A Canon 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer – specially designed for the lens’ specific focal length range - works to counteract image blur that can occur when shooting handheld, or at slow shutter speeds. Automatic panning detection ensures effective performance when tracking moving subjects. Plus, because the IS system is based in the lens, results are visible through the viewfinder during framing.

No flare or ghosting
Reflection off a digital camera’s image sensor can cause flare and ghosting. To suppress this, the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS uses optics treated with Canon’s patented Super Spectra coatings – for crisp, undistorted images with natural colour balance.

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

Maximum format size APS-C
Focal length 18-200mm
35mm equivalent focal length
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C) 74º - 8º
Maximum aperture F3.5-5.6
Minimum aperture F22-36
Lens Construction

• 16 elements/12 groups
• UD and aspherical elements

Number of diaphragm blades

6, rounded

Minimum focus 0.45m/1.5ft
Maximum magnification


AF motor type Micro motor
Focus method Internal
Image stabilization

• 4 stops
• Automatic panning detection

Filter thread • 72mm
• Does not rotate on focus
Supplied accessories

Front and rear caps

Optional accessories • Hood
• Case
Weight 600 g (21.2 oz)
Dimensions 79 mm diameter x 102 mm length
(3.1 x 4.0 in)
Lens Mount Canon EF-S only