Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Autofocus Lens

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Filter thread 58 mm
Weight 7.1 oz (201 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.7 x 2.8" (6.86 x 7.11 cm)


Groups/elements 9/11
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:2.9
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 38
Focal length 18 - 55 mm
Format compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Minimum focus distance 9.8" (25 cm)
Diaphragm blades 6
Magnification 0.34x
Angle of view 74.2° - 27.5°
Camera mount type Canon EF-S


Tripod collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
23 November 2008

In short, the need to achieve a low price-point has compromised performance slightly but for users who want an affordable, yet versatile, point-and-shoot lens the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is worthy of consideration.

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    Fantastic value for money

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    Poor manual-focusing experience

Dp review.32823956
28 January 2008

The EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 looks destined to carry the flag as the kit lens sold with virtually every Canon dSLR over the next few years (and that counts as an awful lot of lenses), so it really needs to perform well in the face of some impressive competition.

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    Much improved optics compared to Canon's previous non-IS 18-55mm kit lens, Effective image stabilisation, Very compact and lightweight, Good macro performance

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    All plastic construction, Rotating front element a pain for filter users, Narrow and very loose manual focus ring, Near-useless lens hood

Photo net.32822890
15 January 2009

The EF-S 18-55IS is the latest incarnation of Canon's general purpose "Kit Lens" for the Digital Rebel line of DSLRs. This time Canon has added a new Image Stabilization (IS) system to the lens, which they claim can add as much as 4 stops of extra stability when handholding the lens.

Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

At $175 (street), this digital-only wide-to-normal standard zoom offers Canon EOS Digital Rebel shooters image stabilization for only about $35 -- and 1.3 ounces -- more than Canon's non-IS kit zoom.

User Reviews
20 June 2015

is my first purchase of a Canon SLR camera and Canon lenses. My first set of photographs of my grand son's birthday part were more than satisfactory. All pictures were clear, crisp and color balanced. I hope to take more pictures, particularly nature pictures in the near future.

Office depot.34444728
25 December 2014

T3i purchased after long consideration given to cost and options...Best choice in a camera for this 45 year plus career photographer among the last four digital purchased.

6 October 2014

Great lens. My Canon didn't come with this one, and I'm very happy with the ease of use. It blankets most photo situations rather well. (Some descriptions show it with a bunch of different accessories. Mine only came with the lens and caps)

Review buydig com.33956271
12 August 2012

After buying the 60D, I wanted to switch the 18-200 to the new one. Wanted this lens for the second/old rebel xsi for my wife. She is a photo enthusiast and loves the range of this lens. She also loves the light weight of this lens since it is easy for her to handle.

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1 February 2014

Very useful for group and landscape photography, great definition, easy to use

19 November 2009

My perfect budget DSLR kit would include this lens for everyday use and macro photography, the Canon 55-250 zoom lens, and a 50mm prime lens for low light. Get a set of 58mm filters to protect your lenses, the filters are much easier to clean, and breaking a filter is a LOT cheaper than breaking...

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    Note: This lens is the kit lens that comes with the Digital Rebel XSi and a few other Canon cameras. The lens has a decent zoom, and is easy to use, even for beginners. Image stabilization works well and is quiet. Cheap.

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    Sometimes this lens has problems focusing in low light. The focus ring is actually the end of the lens, so for beginners it is a little tricky to find. Aperture is not as fast as I would like, but it certainly works for low light photography, as long as you have a good tripod.

Photoalley com.32823162
20 September 2008

This lens is a kit lens but it's still very good, especially for a kit lens. Here are some more detailed pros and cons from my use of this lens:Pros:-Very light, granted it is mostly plastic-Sharp photos (especially in RAW mode)-Decent walk around lens-Image StabilizationCons:-Build quality isn't...

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    Easily Interchangeable, Good IQ, Lightweight, Sharp Focus

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    Weak Casing

21 December 2011

This is an excellent lense for any photographer looking for a good, standard lense for shooting landscape shots. Or if you simply want to be able to

Product Highlights
  • Canon EF-S Mount Lens
  • 29-88mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-38
  • Aspherical Element
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Constant Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • Circular Diaphragm
  • 58mm Filter Diameter
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In The Box
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year B&H Warranty
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