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kenshin
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


My Canon 50D + 18-200 kit lens arrived yesterday so I took some quick sample shots while going to/from work today. Obviously nothing spectacular, just some snapshots to check how the lens performs. Personally I think it's just kinda ok IQ wise but nothing a few moments of post-processing can't fix. Anyway, you can click on the EXIF info above each photo below to download the full-sized JPEG (warning: they're about 2-3MB each). All shots taken in RAW, converted to DNG via Adobe DNG Converter, opened up in Adobe PS3 via ACR with NO sharpening or any other modification whatsoever and saved as JPEG (quality setting of 10, baseline optimized). These little 640x427 thumbnails were saved for web so probably won't be able to tell much from them. Camera was set to auto ISO, P mode for the most part (except where indicated below), AI Focus, Neutral Picture Style, highlight tone priority disabled, auto lighting optimizer set to standard.

First off, just a few general shots:

18mm, ISO 100, f/9, 1/250s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/tall-ISO100-18mm-f9-250s-small.jpg

185mm, ISO 125, f/5.6, 1/250s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/traffic-ISO125-185mm-f5.6-250s-small.jpg

100mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/250s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/ny-ISO100-100mm-f7.1-250s-small.jpg

Next two were taken from the exact same location. Just to show the range you get between the min and max zoom.

18mm, ISO 100, f/10, 1/320s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/buildings-ISO100-18mm-f10-320s-small.jpg

200mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/500s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/building-ISO100-200mm-f8-500s-small.jpg

Following two were also taken from the exact same location and shows both ends of the zoom range but this time I set the aperture to the largest possible (f/3.5 at 18mm and f/5.6 at 200mm).

18mm, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/2000s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/m-iso100-18mm-f3.5-2000s-small.jpg

200mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/400s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/m-iso100-200mm-f5.6-400s-small.jpg

And these last two were shot this evening indoors at the minimum focusing distance and wide open. High ISO noise reduction on the camera set to low.

18mm, ISO 1600, f/3.5, 1/25s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/tea-ISO1600-18mm-f3.5-25s-small.jpg

200mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/15s

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/tea-ISO1600-200mm-f5.6-15s-small.jpg

Anyway, the IS is dead silent and seems to work quite well. I think it's sufficient for a vacation lens where I'd pack just this and a prime. But it's kinda pricey for what you get compared to the Nikon version.



Oct 03, 2008 at 07:47 AM
Allan Bruce
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Actually these show that the 50D seems like a nice capable camera and that the 18-200 lens is decent - nost stellar but decent although it has to be said it is pricey! How did you find the AF on the lens? Noisy, slow?. Thanks for sharing.


Oct 03, 2008 at 07:53 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


many thanks



Oct 03, 2008 at 08:05 AM
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Allan Bruce wrote:
Actually these show that the 50D seems like a nice capable camera and that the 18-200 lens is decent - nost stellar but decent although it has to be said it is pricey! How did you find the AF on the lens? Noisy, slow?. Thanks for sharing.


AF was obviously noisy (compared to USM) but nothing you'd really notice outdoors. And pretty quick. I don't think I was ever consciously waiting for it to get into focus.



Oct 03, 2008 at 09:07 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Is it just me or some pictures show some vignetting ?


Oct 03, 2008 at 09:13 AM
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citro wrote:
Is it just me or some pictures show some vignetting ?


+1

A couple of the 18mm shots show some pretty heavy vignetting. Was this done PP?



Oct 03, 2008 at 09:17 AM
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citro wrote:
Is it just me or some pictures show some vignetting ?


+1



Oct 03, 2008 at 09:18 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Did you have a filter on the lens? I wonder if the filter ring is causing the vignetting at 18mm...

Mike



Oct 03, 2008 at 09:29 AM
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Mike Hatam wrote:
Did you have a filter on the lens? I wonder if the filter ring is causing the vignetting at 18mm...

Mike


Yes, good catch. I had the Canon UV filter that came with the kit on and looking at it now it's not a "slim" design so that's probably what's causing the vignetting at 18mm. I'll take a couple of more shots with the filter off and post 'em later.



Oct 03, 2008 at 09:35 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Either the lens is poor, or they took the resolution a little too far with the 50D. IMHO.


Oct 03, 2008 at 09:36 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


kenshin wrote:
AF was obviously noisy (compared to USM) but nothing you'd really notice outdoors. And pretty quick. I don't think I was ever consciously waiting for it to get into focus.


Is it as noisy as the 50mm f/1.8?



Oct 03, 2008 at 10:09 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Photozone delayed presenting the test of this lens because of computer-troubles. But Klaus wrote in his forum that the center-sharpness was very good, borders are soft and stopping down doesnt help.


Oct 03, 2008 at 10:35 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Allan Bruce wrote:
Is it as noisy as the 50mm f/1.8?


Really can't say since I've never owned that lens.



Oct 03, 2008 at 11:00 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Quick question, where did you get the kit from? I've been waiting for B&H to get them in stock, but hasn't happened yet.

Never mind, found the kit on Amazon. Wonder why B&H doesn't have it yet??



Oct 03, 2008 at 11:12 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


The shots look pretty good. I was very interested in getting that lens but I'm pissed that Canon didn't put in a USM/FTM AF motor. *grumble*


Oct 03, 2008 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


I removed the UV filter and took a shot at 18mm. Seems like that was what was causing the vignetting issue.

18mm, ISO100, 1/160s, f/3.5


http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/theater-ISO100-18mm-f3.5-160s-small.jpg



Oct 03, 2008 at 11:04 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


kenshin wrote:
I removed the UV filter and took a shot at 18mm. Seems like that was what was causing the vignetting issue.

18mm, ISO100, 1/160s, f/3.5


http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/theater-ISO100-18mm-f3.5-160s-small.jpg


Is the lens just soft, or do you think it's a focusing issue? That last one almost seems like it's back-focused, although no matter what it is certainly not super-sharp.



Oct 03, 2008 at 11:11 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Thanks for taking the filter off, but how can't you see the vignetting on the photos you just posted? There's a reason you can see the cloud in the upper right corner and can't see any in the upper left, also look at the lower corners, very vignetted.

Not that I'd ever want the 18-200 lens but the Tamron version I had didn't vignette like the images above w/o the UV filter.

Carl



Oct 03, 2008 at 11:24 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


Hmm... you're right. Well I went back to the drawing board and now I wonder if it's a software issue. All the above photos were processed via ACR 4.6 beta. I went back and converted this last photo with Canon's DPP 3.5 and this is the result:

Big version here

http://www.hitokiri.com/blog/archives/images/canon/_MG_0117_small.JPG

Now I have no idea how to use DPP so I'm not sure if it does some default corrections but all I did was open it up and choose to convert it to JPEG at quality 10.

SKYWESTR wrote:
Thanks for taking the filter off, but how can't you see the vignetting on the photos you just posted? There's a reason you can see the cloud in the upper right corner and can't see any in the upper left, also look at the lower corners, very vignetted.

Not that I'd ever want the 18-200 lens but the Tamron version I had didn't vignette like the images above w/o the UV filter.

Carl




Oct 04, 2008 at 12:05 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Canon 18-200mm IS Shots


yeah, it looks a bit better but still has vignetting. I'd say try a RAW photo and process it in LightRoom or somethin'

carl



Oct 04, 2008 at 12:14 AM
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