Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Review
What Digital Camera
23 November 2008
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Much improved optics compared to Canon's previous non-IS 18-55mm kit lens, Effective image stabilisation, Very compact and lightweight, Good macro performance
Cons: All plastic construction, Rotating front element a pain for filter users, Narrow and very loose manual focus ring, Near-useless lens hood
Conclusion: The resolution capabilities of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is amazing even based on the EOS 50D. The lens resolution may no longer reach the limits of the sensor resolution (as it did on the EOS 350D) but the quality level remains very high throughout the zoom range.