In response to demands of photographers, this standard zoom lens is designed with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology while retaining the compactness and lightness of previous models. Its stabilization allows sharp hand-held shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than otherwise possible.
It consists of 11 elements in 9 groups and uses an Aspherical lens element to correct aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range and a circular aperture for exquisite rendering of out-of-focus backgrounds.
Without a lot of size, weight or cost, this lens expands picture-taking possibilities any time slow shutter speeds are needed.
The Canon 18-55mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Sports/action, Upgrade, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 18-55mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 18-55mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 18-55mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Light weight, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images
Most Liked Positive Review
Great standard zoom for Entry Level DSLR
I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit that I'm very satisfied. The IS works as advertised, 0.5 seconds w/18mm and 1/6 seconds w/55mm are no problem. When I was in London last year, I was able to shot a bunch of free-hand panorama photos at the River Thames bank, which I merged into one panorama which decorates my office now.
Most Liked Negative Review
Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one that zooms in & out like this does. Even outdoors with good light, that 5.6 aperture at 55mm does a number on your shutter speed and I'm guessing that's why IS is built into it. Indoors, unless you have a tripod, really good lighting or have a very steady form, you will notice some blur, even with IS...View full Review
Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one that zooms in & out like this does. Even outdoors with good light, that 5.6 aperture at 55mm does a number on your shutter speed and I'm guessing that's why IS is built into it. Indoors, unless you have a tripod, really good lighting or have a very steady form, you will notice some blur, even with IS on. If you buy this with a body, it's good to help you test and experiment, but if you get a body with no lens, don't bother getting this as your first. Still, if you're new and get this with a body, use it to help you understand aspects of photography & lens technology.
Reviewed by 101 customers
My kit lens for my Canon T3i was damaged by a fall. This lens is a replacement. It has IS, which my original didn't. My first is lens and as I am in my 80's is welcom indeed
T3i purchased after long consideration given to cost and options...Best choice in a camera for this 45 year plus career photographer among the last four digital purchased.
The lens was included with a kit and is no longer included with the T4i kits with good reason! If I knew how poorly it was built and noisy it was (useless shooting video unless you use a external mic) yes it's loud might as well shoot video next to a passing freight train, as for the build I have never seen anything made by Canon built so cheap! I though it was a counterfeit lens at first until I read others reviews if I knew canon was going to remove it from the kit and replace it with a STM version I would have waited! I had to buy a new STM lens to shoot video, I don't know what Canon was thinking when they included this piece of plastic pretending to be a Lens.
Just by others reviews alone sold me on this camera. I have No regrets!! Takes Beautiful pictures. Having a Lot of Fun with this camera
I'm still learning how to use this lens but I'm very pleased with it.
Good all-around general purpose lens, versatile enough for many situations. Relatively light weight. Good for a walk in the woods because it can capture a decent wide-angle landscape shot, yet still take a great close-up photo of an object along the trail, such as a flower. Limited zoom means it cannot get a close-up of distant wildlife, so if that's your target, you will need to consider a different lens. This lens works great for fitting buildings into the frame when standing close. I have taken some beautiful night shots of cityscapes with this lens using a tripod and long exposure.
Using for a general low weight walk around lens. Have used for portraits, some landscapes.
I ordered this lens for a Canon T4i. The STM was designed for this camera for focusing while filming. The noise created by non STM lenses is horrendous! The noise was eliminates with this lens but thats about it. The auto focus is not as advanced on this camera as the recently released 70D so it didnt benefit me. I'm also not a fan of really light weight lenses so that was a con. I never use the kit lens and since this is simply the kit lens with a twist, it didn't work out for me.
It does job! The focus range provides very good use for indor or the outdor close range photography.
I really love this lens, and I use it for a wide variety of shooting options. On Easter Day, I couldn't have shot my family portraits without this lens. I currently own a Telephoto Lens EFS 55-250, one Prime Lens EF 50mm 1.4, and The EFS 18-55 lens. I couldn't use The Telephoto Lens, and The Prime Lens posed to many challenges for wide portraits. I am so happy with this lens. It is the one lens I used the most. At a price of 199.99 it was the least expensive out of the lens that I currently own. I highly recommend this compact lens for any amateur, to intermediate photographer who wants to grab one lens and go.