Canon 18-55mm III or IS II

Started Nov 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Steve Balcombe Forum Pro • Posts: 12,203
Re: Canon 18-55mm III or IS II

msowsun wrote:

The newest 18-55 III (non-IS) has the same optics as the 18-55 IS and 18-55 IS II.

Counter-intuitive though it is, I suspect you are right. The block diagrams are identical, and it's probably cheaper to make two lenses in which the only difference is a fixed element in place of the IS unit, rather than two different optical formulae.

For the very small price difference, I would still choose the IS version though - unless it is certain that the camera will only ever be used on a tripod.

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