Canon 18-55mm IS II

EF-S f/3.5-5.6 (2011-)

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Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon 18-55mm IS II (58mm filters, 7.0 oz./198g, 0.8'/0.25m close focus, about $199 or often kitted with Canon's basic DSLRs). bigger. I got mine at Adorama; I'd also get it at Amazon or at B&H.

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Canon 80D sample image file

Granite Springs, August 2016. Canon Rebel T6, Canon 18-55mm IS II at 40mm, f/6.3 at 1/100 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely show these high resolution files properly).

 

Canon 80D sample image file

Granite Springs, August 2016. Canon 80D, Canon 18-55mm IS II at 50mm, f/7.1 at 1/400 at Auto ISO 100. . bigger or camera-original file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely show these high resolution files properly).

 

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This tiny Canon 18-55mm is a basic kit lens. It's ultralight, more than sharp enough and weighs nearly nothing. It's a perfect lens for use with any of Canon's smaller APS-C DSLRs, and often comes included with some of these cameras like the Rebel T6 with which I got mine.

 

Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon 18-55mm IS II. bigger.

 

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This EF-S lens mounts only on Canon's APS-C DSLRs. It won't fit Canon's full-frame cameras.

It works on Canon's mirrorless EOS-M cameras if you use the EOS-M adapter.

 

Specifications

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Name

Canon calls this the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II.

    EF: Electronic Focus, as all Canon's lenses have been since 1987.

    -S: Only fits Canon's APS-C DSLRs.

    IS: Image Stabilization.

    II: Canon's second version of this lens.

 

Optics

11 elements in 9 groups.

1 aspherical element.

 

Diaphragm

Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon 18-55mm IS II. bigger.

6 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/22~38.

 

Focal Length

18 ~ 55mm.

When used on an APS-C camera, it sees the same angle of view as a 28 ~ 85 mm lens sees when used on a 35mm or full-frame camera.

See also Crop Factor.

 

Angle of View

74.3º ~ 27.8º diagonal on APS-C.

 

Autofocus

Front of lens rotates.

 

Focus Scale

No.

 

Infinity Focus Stop

No.

 

Depth of Field Scale

No.

 

Infrared Focus Index

No.

 

Close Focus

0.8 feet (9.8" or 0.25 meters).

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:2.94 (0.34×).

 

Image Stabilizer

Rated 4 stops improvement.

 

Filters

Plastic 58mm filter thread.

 

Hood

EW-60C.

 

Size

2.7" maximum diameter × 3.33" extension from flange.

68.5mm maximum diameter × 84.5mm extension from flange.

 

Weight

6.980 oz. (197.9g) actual measured weight.

Canon specifies 7.1 oz. (201g).

 

Quality

Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon 18-55mm IS II. bigger.

Made in Taiwan.

 

Announced

07 February 2011.

 

Promised for

End of March, 2011, with the simultaneously introduced Rebel T3 and Rebel T3i.

 

Canon Model Number

2042B002.

 

Price, USA

$199, August 2016-July 2017.

 

Performance

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Overall   Autofocus   Manual Focus

Distortion   Ergonomics   Falloff

Lateral Color Fringes   Macro

Mechanics   Sharpness   Sunstars

 

Overall

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The Canon 18-55mm IS II is a tiny plastic kit lens that works very well.

 

Autofocus

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Autofocus is fast enough, but uses a noisy little motor. It's not silent.

 

Manual Focus

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Manual focus is goofy; you have to move the switch on the lens to MF and then turn the thin little front section of the lens.

 

Distortion

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The Canon 18-55mm IS II has strong barrel distortion at 18mm, moderate barrel distortion at 24mm, and no visible distortion from 35-55mm.

If this bothers you and your camera can't be set to correct it automatically, use these figures in Photoshop's lens distortion filter to rectify it.

These aren't facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.

at 10'/3m
18mm
+4.50*
24mm
+2.70
35mm
±0.00
55mm
-0.50

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* Some waviness remains

 

Ergonomics

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Most of the lens is its zoom ring; that's good.

The manual focus ring is the tiny ring around the front of the lens. It's not much fun to focus manually, for which you have to move a switch as well.

If you want instant manual-focus override, get the newer 18-55mm IS STM instead.

 

Falloff

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I see no falloff. Be sure to set any camera lens compensation to ON if this is likely to bother you.

 

Lateral Color Fringes

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I can see some lateral color fringes, but most of them go away if you have a camera with automatic corrections.

 

Macro

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Macro performance is very very good. It gets very close and it's very sharp:

Canon 18-55mm IS II Macro

Kienzle Flieger Automat 800/2843, 01 August 2016. Canon T6, 18-55mm at 55mm at close-focus distance wide-open at f/5.6 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).

 

Canon 18-55mm IS II Macro

1,200 × 900 pixel crop from above. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).

If this crop is about 6" (15cm) wide on your screen, then the complete image printed at this same extreme magnification would be about 20 x 30" (50 x 75cm). In this case, you're seeing the texture of the silver paint on the watch face.

If this crop is about 12" (30cm) wide on your screen, then the complete image printed at this same extreme magnification would be about 40 x 60" (1 x 1.5 meters). In this case, you're seeing the texture of the silver paint on the watch face.

 

Mechanical Quality

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Canon 18-55mm IS II

Canon 18-55mm IS II. bigger.

It's a very well made all-plastic lens.

 

Filter Threads, Hood Bayonet Mount & Focus Ring

All one-piece plastic.

 

Front Barrel

Plastic.

 

Zoom Ring

Rubber-covered plastic.

 

Rear Barrel

Plastic.

 

Identity

Painted around front element and on rear barrel.

 

Internals

Plastic.

 

Moisture Seal at Mount

No.

 

Mount

Plastic.

 

Made in

Taiwan.

 

Sharpness

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This lens is sharp all the time, and it can get even sharper stopped down a little bit.

Just look at the  Sample Images.

The biggest limitation to sharpness is your skill as a photographer.

Sharpness isn't everything; here are two super sharp images from this lens that aren't exactly exciting:

Canon 18-55mm sharpness

Fabric at 18mm and f/10. bigger or camera-original file.

 

Canon 18-55mm sharpness

Fabric at 47mm and f/10. bigger or camera-original file.

 

Sunstars

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Sunstars

The 6-blade diaphragm makes 6-pointed stars on brilliant points of light as stopped down:

Canon 18-55mm sunstars

Stars on The Star at f/16. bigger.

 

Canon 18-55mm sunstars

Stars on The Star at f/36. bigger.

 

Recommendations

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This is a swell little lens, ideal for the small cameras with which it's kitted.

If I was buying a lens outright, I'd spend a little more for the newest 18-55mm IS STM which is the same size and has faster, silent autofocus with instant manual override and has incredible macro ability.

The very best protective filter for either of these is the Hoya multicoated HD3 58mm UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, but costs 1/3 as much as the lens.

For less money, the B+W 58mm 010 is an excellent filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt, and since filters last a lifetime, you'll use it on your next lenses. No big deal, I'd get the basic Hoya filter if all you're worried about is today.

Yes, you can lust after the 17-55mmm f/2.8 IS or 18-135mm IS USM, but either of those weighs more than some of the small Canon cameras that are ideal for use with this 18-55mm lens! Never underestimate the power of a small, lightweight lens: it will let you feel better and carry your camera longer and farther to make more pictures than a big heavy lens that you'd rather leave home.

I got my lens at Adorama; I'd also get it at Amazon or at B&H.

This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Canon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used lens. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Ken, Mrs. Rockwell, Ryan and Katie.

 

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