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Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - 2042B002

Abt Model: EFS1855IS | UPC Code: 013803079296
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Canon Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS In Black - EFS1855IS/ Optical Image Stabilizer/ 11 Elements In 9 Groups/ 58MM Filter/ Black Finish
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Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, Model EFS1855IS

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. Compatible with the 20D, 30D, 40D, XT, XTi and XSi.

Specifications:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 74° 20' - 27° 50'
  • Focus Adjustment: AF (DC motor), with manual focus option
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 9.8 in./0.25m
  • Filter Size: 58mm, P=0.75mm/1 filter

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Max. Diameter: 2.7 in/ 68.5mm
  • Length: 3.33 in/ 84.5mm (maximum lens length)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 7.1 oz. (0.44 Ibs)
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts & Labor
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Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
 
3.8

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Super-sharp images (14)
  • Fast auto-focus (13)
  • Superior build quality (6)
  • Light weight (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Poor build quality (9)
  • Slow auto-focus (8)
  • Semi-sharp images (5)
  • Rotating front element (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great standard zoom for Entry Level DSLR

    I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit...Read complete review

    I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit that I'm very satisfied. The IS works as advertised, 0.5 seconds w/18mm and 1/6 seconds w/55mm are no problem. When I was in London last year, I was able to shot a bunch of free-hand panorama photos at the River Thames bank, which I merged into one panorama which decorates my office now.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent Start

    Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one...Read complete review

    Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one that zooms in & out like this does. Even outdoors with good light, that 5.6 aperture at 55mm does a number on your shutter speed and I'm guessing that's why IS is built into it. Indoors, unless you have a tripod, really good lighting or have a very steady form, you will notice some blur, even with IS on. If you buy this with a body, it's good to help you test and experiment, but if you get a body with no lens, don't bother getting this as your first. Still, if you're new and get this with a body, use it to help you understand aspects of photography & lens technology.

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    5.0

    Good for landscapes, buildings

    By dran_reb

    from Wisconsin

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • takes good photos at night
    • Wide Angle

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

        Good all-around general purpose lens, versatile enough for many situations. Relatively light weight. Good for a walk in the woods because it can capture a decent wide-angle landscape shot, yet still take a great close-up photo of an object along the trail, such as a flower. Limited zoom means it cannot get a close-up of distant wildlife, so if that's your target, you will need to consider a different lens. This lens works great for fitting buildings into the frame when standing close. I have taken some beautiful night shots of cityscapes with this lens using a tripod and long exposure.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Okay lens

        By asjs

        from Florida

        Pros

          Cons

          • focus easily obstructed
          • Poor build quality
          • Semi-sharp images
          • Slow Auto-Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

            This lens came with the camera I bought. I found it to be easy to work with when adjusting the basic settings such as auto/manual focus and turning the stabilizer on and off. I found that when shooting, a lot of pictures did not come out as expected due to the slow lens. I'd suggest this lense for beginner portraits, but nothing moving. The focus is easily broken, and it is extremely slow on auto focus.

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            (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Kit Lens + for Learning DSLR

            By merlexie

            from Undisclosed

            Pros

            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

            • Slow Auto-Focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

              This is the kit lens that came with my Rebel T3i. Overall, I think it serves its purpose well. The T3i is an entry-level DSLR, and this lens pairs well with it as a learning lens while newbies to DSLR figure out what exactly they're doing. The lens + camera combo is a huge step up from my Canon Powershot ELPH 300; the image quality is excellent, and it's much more versatile. So, the pros about this lens: it gives you enough zoom to experiment with both wide-angle/landscape shots as well as portraits and other close-ups. People get into DSLR for different reasons, so it's reasonable that Canon would pick a kit lens with versatility rather than confining people to a one-trick wonder. The IS does wonders, especially in low light. Now, the cons--and not all of them are really cons. The build quality does, admittedly, seem to be on the cheap side. But come on, it's a kit lens, and its retail price-point is at the very low end of the range for all Canon lens. So this shouldn't come as any surprise, and isn't worth causing a fuss over. More critical, however, is the autofocus: it's very finicky, and frequently has to hunt (which is slow and time consuming), especially in low light or low contrast situations. Honestly, I've found it easier just to focus manually; but I think that's more a reflection of me being too impatient to learn how to tell my T3i where I want it to focus (it's rather tedious to change zones) than anything else. I'm also not generally looking to capture the big action shot, so a fast autofocus is less critical to me. All in all, I've taken some amazing photos with this lens and am very pleased with it. Is it the greatest lens? No. Will I be upgrading it soon? Absolutely. But that's probably part of the idea behind most kit lens: give you something that's good--even very good--at many things but not the greatest at anything so that consumers are tempted into purchasing upgrades. Recommended as a kit lens (on the assumption you don't own any other lenses of higher quality), but not as a separate purchase (since Canon makes better quality lenses that are more tailored to your individual needs at prices comparable to this or that aren't all that much more).

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              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice Walk Around Lens

              By BT

              from VA

              Pros

              • Fast auto-focus
              • Super-sharp images

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

                  I got this w/ the T3i. I actually have no complaints about this lens at all. It delivers sharp images almost throughout. It is very versatile, and can shoot Macro shots, okay portraits, and ok zoom shots. I personally do alot of outdoor photography, and this does pretty good, but doesnt zoom enough for Birds, deer, etc without getting pretty close. But for Macro shots, I have been enjoying this lens alot and was suprised that it could do so well! I have already bought the 50mm 1.8 prime lens, which is perfect for portraits, and shows better colors and Bokeh in images. But my next purchase will be a better quality telephoto zoom lens to get a little more distance on my shots for further away subjects. Overall a Nice Walk-around/all-purpose lens. No complaints and love the IS!

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                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great kit lens. Slow ...

                  By D.T.

                  from Twentynine Palms, CA

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use

                  Cons

                  • Poor build quality
                  • Semi-sharp images
                  • Slow Auto-Focus

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

                    Great kit lens. Slow auto-focus misses in anything less than perfect lighting. The images are good quality, but not as sharp as I'd like, even under pretty decent lighting. BUT, it's easy to use and to learn with. For the price, the images are great. It can be used in most situations, and I will probably keep it on hand because of that.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Lense noise with auto focus

                    By cl

                    from california

                    Pros

                    • Fast auto-focus
                    • Super-sharp images

                    Cons

                    • noise while taping

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

                      nice lense, however don't like the noise on auto focus when video taping. Very loud. The kit should of came with the better lense with less noise. Other then that great lense

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love My Lens!

                      By CindyH

                      from Indianapolis, IN

                      Pros

                      • Fast auto-focus
                      • Superior build quality
                      • Super-sharp images

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

                          After years of loving my Canon SLR 35mm camera and the quality of my pics, but increasingly finding it difficult to buy the film and processing I wanted, I took the plunge into DSLR. I love my camera and lens. They aren't heavy to cart around, and I can switch lens in a flash. Have only had it one one trip, but can't wait for the fall colors to explore even more!!

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                          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Camera

                          By Betsy

                          from New York

                          Pros

                          • Fast auto-focus
                          • Superior build quality
                          • Super-sharp images

                          Cons

                          • not good at a distance

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

                            I love the camera, so far. I do wish I could take far awy pictures better. I wish is came with a strong zoom lens. they are very expensive. I was able to clear some distance pictures with the program that came with it. The pictures so far are beautiful but the camers is made for close-ups.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent Purchase

                            By Love

                            from Davis, Ca

                            Pros

                            • Superior build quality
                            • Super-sharp images

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

                                This is the second time I have Purchased this lens. I first bought it as a kit lens wit Canon 300D a few years ago. I have many fond memories of taking many fine photos encompassing portraits, landscapes, animals and birds. Right now with several L series lenses and some others I did not need this lens but it is very handy for walks with my dog. Excellent purchase for a very small price. photos come out very sharp.

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                                (1 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                exp EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

                                By Gil

                                from Western part of Texas, hot& dusty! LOL

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor build quality
                                  • read - non canon reviews
                                  • Semi-sharp images
                                  • Slow Auto-Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:

                                    I gave the kit lens 1 star simply because I had little use for this lens. This is the kit lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II. This would be better: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens + this hood: Zeikos ZE-LH52 52mm Soft Rubber Lens Hood (Black). Yes, BOTH are cheap lenses but it is more useful than the kit lens, for me. I shoot more kids, family, portraits, etc. & the bokeh is great, This is just my 2 cents. I had more use from the nifty fifty & T2i in 2 weeks than 2 months with the kit lens. Please give us a choice Canon. Gil

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                                    Canon Black Standard Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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