Compact, lightweight and a wide magnification range - this standard zoom lens features a wide focal length range from normal to telephoto equivalent to 29-320mm in the 35mm format.
It features an Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 4-stops of effective correction even at full zoom. Since Canon's optical image stabilization system is in the lens, not in the camera, you can see the stabilized, steadier images through the viewfinder. And the circular aperture can give beautiful background blur effects. This new wide zoom ratio EF-S lens delivers excellent high-speed performance at an affordable price.
I haven't used this lens much, but so far I have been very pleased with it. It seems a little heavy, but I need just a single lens to carry on travels. So far I have nothing bad to say about the lens.
My first DSLR was the Canon kit which included the 60D w/ the 18-200 Lens. I still own the lens, but not the camera. I've read all of the reviews, and would like to say that the cons on this lens are not a big deal, and easy to live with, considering what this lens does, especially for the money!! And YES, if you take care of your things, it makes all the difference in the world. This lens may not take the abuse that other more expensive lenses do. I don't consider this lens a poor build at all, it's just not an "L" lens, which causes some to rate it down. I now use it on my 7d and love it. I also own a 5d mrk III. The lenses I own are: (all Canon) EF-S 15-85 / 18-135 / 18-200 EF "L" 16-35 @ F-2.8 "L" 24-70 @ F-2.8 "L" 24-105 @ F-4
I bought this lens in Oct, 2008 to replace the Canon 28-135. I like the longer focal length so I do not have to change lenses. Less chance of getting dust on the sensor. After 5 1/2 yrs of using it, I have had no problems to speak of. Barrel is still very tight, very very few specks of dust in the lens. I and my wife travel extensively and the lens is always used. Auto focus is as fast as with the lens with the USM. Some people complain about chromatic abberation, however I have not had any problems with that even with enlargements. Yes, there is lens creep but then if you know that up front, which a person should from looking at the lens prior to buying it, then it is not a problem. Quality wise it is not an L lens but then neither is the price. If people take care of their equipment and don't abuse it, then the lens should last a long long time or until Canon comes out with an upgrade you would want. I have used this lens with the T1i, T2i, 60D, and now the 70D.
I've had this lens for about a month. I've used it for some landscape, some street pictures around town and some shots of flower gardens and macro photos of flowers. I've used it on a 50D body and a T3i body about equally. I've shot three or four hundred frames with it. Overall, I'd say that it's a pretty mediocre lens. Photozone.de has described it as "substandard". It is reasonably sharp at the center of the frame at all focal lengths, but it is very soft at the edges at both ends of the focal length range. The edges only get reasonably sharp in the middle of the range and when stopped down to f/8-f/11. It has high chromatic aberration at both ends of the focal length range and very high vignetting, as well. It's main claim to fame is the wide range of focal lengths. The focus is also reasonably quick and accurate. I never noticed any focus problems. Having said all of this, it is possible to take acceptable pictures with it. I'm going to use it for snapshot type photos and when I want to travel light, and only want to take a single body and lens. It'll be for when I am more interested in recording where I have been than in getting the best quality images. I bought this lens used from Adorama. It was rated by them as "D" grade and I was very impressed with the packing and quality. It arrived wrapped in three layers of bubble wrap and in pristine condition. If it had come out of a Canon box, I would have thought it was new. So, I'm completely happy with the Adorama service.
This lens has become my favorite to use. I use it for a bit of everything from landscape to weddings and everything in between. though I dislike the fact that the lens will not stay at the zoom I am at if I tip the camera forward even slightly.
A great lens - I love using it. although it is marginally on the heavier side. my only real complaint is i miss the fact that it doesn't reach till 250 like the sigma lens does...
Bought this lens with a 60D camera 18 months ago. Wanted something that would work for most shooting situations. Do not like switching lenses. This is a great lens for anyone that wants to use just one lens to shoot in almost every situation they encounter. Has worked out great. Have taken over 2000 pictures so far. Could not be more satisfied. Yes the lens does creep. Yes it is a little heavy. So far these have not been major problems. Would recommend this for anyone who wants to take great photos.
This is a good lens for my general use as a professional architect. The weight gives balance to steady freehand shots. Substantial lens creep is the only drawback as there is not allways a time for using the lock.
When I first bought this lens I was slightly disappointed in the photo quality. But as I have become more familiar with its high & lows in setting with camera I have discovered it capabilities and have exploited on them and it has become one of my favorites for a single carry lens whenever I travel short or long distance. Nice lens for the price.
all purpose lense that I use when I do not feel like carrying heavier lenses