Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II
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typical kit lens
ToddB, B&H Photo
26 November 2014
Excerpt: If it is part of a kit and your first trip into the DSLR market you will love using this lens with your t3i or t5i. It is a cheaper, more plastic build. Results are solid as with any Canon or Nikon product, but as you use your equipment more you will likely want to upgrade on the lens. Great to get started. Limited range if you only have this lens. You'll likely want to add another to your kit.
Cheap lens. Not particularly durable or particularly clear.
Dark Entity, Amazon
15 April 2014
Summary: Kit lens. Cheap and cheerful. I bought one and it dropped it (inside a bag) and broke it when I was out shooting one day. Not particularly sharp. Not particularly fast. But cheap. If you need a good, durable lens get an L series lens as usual.
Excerpt: I purchased this to replace original kit lens. My first one was not a version II. Autofocus quit working on original lens. Not sure what all the differences are (if any) but this one does seem to be built a little better (focus ring seems tighter). Nicer lens cap (pinch-type). It'll do until I save enough for the 17-55 2.8 is.
Conclusion: This lens came with the camera I bought. I found it to be easy to work with when adjusting the basic settings such as auto/manual focus and turning the stabilizer on and off. I found that when shooting, a lot of pictures did not come out as expected due to the slow lens. I'd suggest this lense for beginner portraits, but nothing moving. The focus is easily broken, and it is extremely slow on auto focus.
Excerpt: This lens came with the camera I bought. I found it to be easy to work with when adjusting the basic settings such as auto/manual focus and turning the stabilizer on and off. I found that when shooting, a lot of pictures did not come out as expected due to the slow lens. I'd suggest this lense for beginner portraits, but nothing moving. The focus is easily broken, and it is extremely slow on auto focus.
Excerpt: The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is limited. It is basically a prime lens and not one for close ups or portraits. Best suited for wide-angle long range shots, such as pano's and such. No close ups should be expected from it. The color leaves a bit to be desired, except in certain lights, and not real sure what they actually are. Most previews all seem a bit washed out and lacking in much color.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: A fine kit lens to begin with, but don't expect stellar image quality. Feels solid enough, if "plasticky." Will get you through the experimentation phase with your new DSLR, but you'll want a better lens fairly soon.
Excerpt: This is a great lens to start out with. I got it to go with my t4i, and I haven't had any complaints. It is great for your basic needs, especially when you're just starting off like me. The auto focus is very loud, but I don't use it so I don't mind. If you need a lens for your basic beginner needs, and for a low price, this is a great lens for you.