Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Overview
|I own it||I want it||I had it|
Manufacturer description: In response to demands of photographers, this standard zoom lens is designed with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology while retaining the compactness and lightness of previous models. Its stabilization allows sharp hand-held shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than otherwise possible. It consists of 11 elements in 9 groups and uses an Aspherical lens element to correct aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range and a circular aperture for exquisite rendering of out-of-focus backgrounds. Without a lot of size, weight or cost, this lens expands picture-taking possibilities any time slow shutter speeds are needed.
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Focal length||18–55 mm|
|Image stab.||Yes (4 stops)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF-S|
|Min focus||0.25 m (9.84″)|
|Weight||200 g (0.44 lb)|
|Length||70 mm (2.76″)|
This lens is a very welcome addition to Canon's range, and gives new dSLR owners a level of optical quality in the basic kit lens which was previously lacking; the addition of IS also goes a long way to increasing its flexibility. It makes an ideal lightweight general purpose-starter lens, and as such can only be recommended.
Good for: General everyday use on Canon's APS-C format DSLRs.
Not so good for: Critical use where optimal sharpness is crucial, or for capturing distant subjects, where more telephoto reach is required.