Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom LensThe Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is a compact and affordable standard zoom lens suitable for a wide range of general purpose photography and is often included as a kit lens with Canon's EOS Digital Rebel cameras.
In a Nutshell:
This small, lightweight lens that usually comes bundled with one of Canon's entry-level digital SLR cameras constantly surprises its owners with much better-than-expected image quality and all-round optical performance.
It's a replacement for the original, non-IS 18-55 zoom lens that was introduced with the ground-breaking EOS Digital Rebel (EOS 300D) in 2003 and no one disputes that the current, image-stabilized model is a marked improvement over its predecessor.
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm (current and previous versions) is compatible with:
* EOS Digital Rebel (EOS 300D)
When fitted to any of the above bodies, the equivalent focal length of the lens is 28.8-88mm, as a result of the 1.6x crop factor caused by the smaller APS-C format sensor.
The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 will not fit on any EOS 35mm film bodies, or EOS digital cameras with full-frame sensors (1Ds and 5D range) or APS-H sensors (1D range).
User Review Roundup for Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
User Ratings Roundup:
Star Rating (max 5): 4
What Users Are Saying:
"The lens is lightweight, easy to operate and takes incredibly sharp pictures."
"The image quality is awesome for the money. Very sharp, and the IS works so so well."
"The zoom range is very useful, and the lens is very capable on the wide end.".
"The lens is a bit soft wide open on the telephoto end.".
"A decent kit lens worth considering for your first DSLR."
"This lens feels cheap and basic, and noticeably lower quality compared to any camera body that it comes with."
Manufacturer's Feature List for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:
* Affordable, multi-purpose zoom
* Portrait photography at long-end (88mm equivalent)
See also Canon EF Lenses for general information about Canon's range of EF-mount lenses that will fit all Canon EOS bodies, both film and digital.
Now that you've read about the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens, please return to Canon Lens Reports for more articles.