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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

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Specifications:
Name: Canon EF-S 18-55mm /3.5-5.6 IS STM
Image Circle: APS-C
Type: Standard Zoom
Focal Length: 18 - 55mm
APS Equivalent: 1.6x: 29 - 88mm
Max Aperture: /3.5 - 5.6
Min Aperture: /22 - 36
Diaphragm Blades: 7 (circular)
Lens Construction: 13 elements in 11 groups
Diagonal Angle of View
(Based on image circle): 74.3 to 27.8 degrees
Focus Details: AF (Stepper Motor), with manual focus option; inner focusing
Front Element Rotation: No
Zoom System: Rotary
Closest Focus: 0.25m / 9.8 in.
Magnification Ratio: 0.34x / 1:2.9 (at 55mm)
Filter Size: 58mm
Dimensions
(Length x Diameter): 75.2mm x 69.0mm / 3.0 in. x 2.7 in.
Weight: 205g / 7.2 oz.
Notes: Image Stabilization (up to 4-stops of correction); EF-S lens mount, exclusively for bodies with APS-C sensors. STM AF stepper motor for smooth quiet AF during video recording.
Online price: $250 (Nov 2013)



 


      
akustyk
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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: decent level of detail, vivid colours, very appropriate size and weight for a Rebel body, quick and silent AF, very OK mechanically
Cons:
lack of microcontrast

on paper (and in the internet) it's a mechanically sub-par standard zoom with suprisingly great sharpness

in my experience it is different. mechanics are very much OK, nothing to be ashamed of for an inexpensive standard zoom. level of detail on the photos also appears good. yet it doesn't entirely feel right - there is decent detail but it simply doesn't feel contrasty and as sharp as any respectable prime you'd put to use. I mean - if you just look at the pictures from 18-55 STM there doesn't seem to be anything wrong even at 1:1 view... until you put some 50 STM or even 24 STM and notice how superior microcontrast is.

is it a disaster? surely not, it's still way better lens than any previous 18-55 from Canon. and it is capable of delivering very decent photos even viewed at 4K monitor. but it simply isn't as tack sharp as internet reviews make you believe. it may have similiar resolution measurements as the likes of 50 STM of 24 STM but make no mistake - this is not the same sharpness, by a margin.


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nick williams
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Review Date: Dec 28, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very light with good image stabilisation and it's nice and sharp
Cons:
You have to look after it as it's plastic but at this price you can not complain

Im a full time professional photographer who bought this along with a Canon 100D for my 9 year old daughter. She loves it and the camera. I used them today when our girls were sledging in the snow. I was not expecting much in the way of image quality but I got a shock when I opened the files up in photoshop. The sharpness is very good much better than I was expecting for a lens of this price. A wonderful starter lens

Dec 28, 2017
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Hobbyfotograaf
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Review Date: Feb 24, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good image quality, fast AF, light, cheap, IS works
Cons:
No "L" build quality (but the price is much better)

It is the kit lens on my 700d, the image quality is very good, even compared to the Canon 17-40 f4 L that i used to have.
The AF is fast enough for most subjects.
The IS is working very good.

For this price it is really very good.


Feb 24, 2014
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
3 14746 Jan 28, 2018
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers None indicated
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
6.67
8.67
8.3
Screen_Shot_2013-11-14_at_9_07_32_AM_copy