Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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Value for money 6
Overall quality 6
13 February 2013
Conclusion: this lens came with my camera package from Costco. It does take great photos but I dislike the fact that when taking close ups at 18mm there is a shadow at the bottom of the picture. I also extremely dislike the weight and the fact that the lens will not stay at the zoom I am at if I tip the camera forward.
Good zoom range & sharp, but vignettes & heavy front element
W. Stock, Amazon
26 February 2012
Summary: I purchased this lens to go with my Canon EOS 20D digital SLR, which I inherited from a friend who unfortunately had passed away. The camera came to me with only a wide angle zoom, but most of the photos I shoot are in the normal to telephoto range. So I chose this lens because of its good zoom ratio, and it's relatively compact size. The latter makes it a good all-around lens to travel light, such as on overseas vacations.
Summary: I purchased this as an upgrade lens for my Canon Rebel XS. After reading many reviews I decided to give this lens a go, I was looking to upgrade from the kit 18-55, to a lens that could offer quality optics as well as an all-in-one lens. I am a mom and I primarily use my camera for pictures of my children to scenic views of our outings. My children are still young so I couldn't afford the time to change lenses to get the perfect shot.
Conclusion: The lens is big and heavy but feels good and balanced on my 60D.......but my tripod wasn't strong enough to hold it up while i was shooting video of a model. The thing attracts dust like crazy and the 200 side isn't long enough. Autofocus is not bad and images are sharp but not great.
Conclusion: So I'm not quite sure how to rate this. I bought it solely so I didn't have to take my professional quality L lenses on vacation to the mountains camping, or just out when we go see family and that. I feel more comfortable leaving the big $$ lenses at home. So I knew when i ordered it I wasn't going to have the same quality. I knew that going in. So here are my thoughts. I found the auto focus to be quick and quiet. It focused where I wanted it to.
Conclusion: I recently bought a 60D in Malaysia, replacing my Rebel XT(350D) that my son now owns.. The kit lense that came with it is the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. For your average user, this lense will be all that they need, but with 5 years of owning Canon products under my belt and 4 SLR lenses so far, I need to step up to a L class lense to get the quality that I'm looking for in my photos.. it's true, that the lenses can make or break the quality of your photos...
Conclusion: The lens is very versatile, but if you plan to use the zoom in the 200 range the quality of pictures are poor, pictures are not sharp. In the short range or portraits I had some really good pictures. I will definitely go with the L as soon as I can afford it.
Summary: It is a reasonable value. I am not impressed with its focusing ability as compared to the 28-135 EF IS USM lens that came as the kit with my 40D. The price is about the same or slightly more if buying either seperately. The 28-135 seems to work better, but does not offer the zoom range that is useful for me traveling and wanting to minimize things I carry. So, I still use this lens instead and live with the slower or worse AF performance.
Summary: I bought on ebay about 1 month ago. I use it on a Canon 40D, it's a quite good lens, not expensive, light and useful in everyday walkabout situation. Not strong in construction term, but it works well and you can take good pictures even if it's not a fast lens. If you want a faster and crisper lens, the best in this zoom range, you have to spend around 5-6 times for Canon 17-55 IS 2.8.