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.
Most Liked Positive Review
Great little lens
Great companion for the Rebel camera bodies. Quick focus, Image Stabilization, sharp, and great colors and contrast. Only thing better would be the 17-55 f/2.8 (which I own) for faster speed, but this lens is much easier to use and a lot more fun... because it's so light weight. Shoot at ISO 800 on any of the Rebel bodies and you'll have great results, even in low light.
Most Liked Negative Review
Good General Lens
Bought this to extend the range of my 40D (which was an upgrade to my Rebel XT, which came with the previous version of this lens. Used occasionally when my 28-mm wouldn't do the trick.
Reviewed by 111 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.
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.
This lens makes a nice lens for the money. It's not the fastest lens but for the money it's a good lens to use for general photography in the standard focal length range.