Lens suggestion for fixing Cannon Kit Lens Cannon Zoom EF-S 18-55mm 1:4-5.6 IS STM.

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Mark B.
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Re: Lens suggestion for fixing Cannon Kit Lens Cannon Zoom EF-S 18-55mm 1:4-5.6 IS STM.

ssppss wrote:

Mark B. wrote:

ssppss wrote:

My kid damaged the Cannon EOS Rebel SL2 Kit Lens: cannon zoom lens EF-S 18-55mm 1:4-5.6 IS STM.

The camera with the lens fell face down while on a tripod. The neutral density ND filter I use to protect was damaged but the lens seemed OK. But the ND would not come off the lens. We had to use a lot of force to get the ND filter to unscrew. We had to hold the main lens and apply a lot of force. After the ND filter came off, the lens seems to not zoom anymore. Even when we manually turn the zoom ring it doesn't zoom. It does takes a photo though.

Can this lens be repaired? If so how? Any suggestions?


Can I ask why you were using a ND as a protective filter? Doing so cuts down on the available light, forcing you to use a slower shutter, higher ISO, or both. I would humbly suggest using a lens hood for protection; in this case the hood would either have absorbed the impact with no damage or worst case broke and you would have only a $20 hood to replace.

I speak from experience using hoods for protection. I dropped a camera lens-first with an 80-400mm lens onto blacktop. Fortunately the hood was attached; it absorbed the impact with minimal damage. The camera body got a cosmetic scrape but both lens & camera operated normally.

Well I didn't know that ND filter wouldn't stop too much light.

Is there a measure of how many stops of light a filter stops?

The question is why do you want to cut down on the available light to begin with?  It's not something that's normally done w/o a reason to do so.  For example, if you're shooting moving water and want to make it look smooth & creamy.  On the kit lens you have, it's already not a very fast lens so you don't want to cut down on available light unless there's a creative reason.

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