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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is an affordable standard zoom lens with image stabilization.

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Pros

small, short and light weight enough to not noticeably affect the camera's balance

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mounts and comes off the camera easily

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durable enough to handle heavy use

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fast and accurate auto-focus, can be depended on in most situations

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output is consistent throughout the zoom range, no distortion around the edges

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image stabilization - an improvement of 2-2.5 Ev in everyday shooting situations

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good standard range - equivalent to around 28-80mm on a 35mm camera

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rugged build feels substantial and like it can take being knocked around a little without damage

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great image quality next to previous generation kit lenses - sharp across the frame and aperture range

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Cons

stock kit lens - nothing special (slow, plastic build, 'boring' standard focal range, etc...)

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image stabilization is slower than claimed

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focus ring is small, found on the front of the lens

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slow aperture - f/3.5-5.6, poor in low light, cannot isolate subjects from their backgrounds as easily

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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is an affordable standard zoom lens with image stabilization. This is similar to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in design and function, but has a much smaller focal length. Optical Image Stabilizer technology is used to allow sharp images to be captured at up to 4 stops lower than what would normally be possible. Aspherical lens elements work to correct aberrations throughout the zoom range, improving image quality. The circular aperture narrows the focus on the subject, allowing the background to naturally go out of focus. 

Features
  • For EOS 40D, 30D, 20D, 20Da, Digital Rebel XTi, XT and Digital Rebel only
  • 4-stop Image stabilizing
  • Focal Length: 18-55mm
  • Circular aperture
  • Aspherical lens element
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 9 group
  • Focus Adjustment: AF (DC motor) with manual focus option
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 9.8 in./0.25m
  • Filter Size: 58mm, P=0.75mm/1 filter
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