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About Canon 18-55mm

The Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a standard zoom lens that's exclusively designed for EOS M Digital Camera. The focal length is equivalent to approx. 28 - 90 mm in 35 mm format, which makes it an ideal everyday lens.

The lens features Canon's optical image stabilizer technology, which provides up to four equivalent stops of shake correction for eliminating image blur caused by camera shake and slow shutter speeds. This ensures clear, crisp images, even in dim light. Equipped with Movie Servo AF, the EF-M lens is great for shooting video. It also features Dynamic IS, which provides the image stabilization needed for walking while shooting video.

Designed specifically for digital photography, the EF-M lens has a seven blade, circular aperture. This promotes beautiful, soft backgrounds. Plus, optimized lens placement and coatings ensure minimized ghosting and flare. The lens also features three aspheric elements, which reduce aberration throughout the zoom range.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easily interchangeable (41),Fast / accurate auto-focus (40),Consistent output (30),Durable (18),Super-sharp images (14),Fast auto-focus (13),Superior build quality (6),Strong construction (5),Rugged (4),Light weight (4),Nice bokeh (3),Value (3)
Lightweight (50),Poor build quality (9),Weak casing (9),Slow auto-focus (8),Poor in low light (6),Semi-sharp images (5),Blurry focus (4),Slow focus (4),Rotating front element (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (26),Weddings (16),General purpose (14),Low light (12),Wildlife photos (11),Sports/action (10),Night photography (9),Video (6),Macro photography (5),Landscape photography (5),Portraits (5),Upgrade (4) Back-up (3),Travel (3),Wildlife (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (19),Enthusiast (11),Semi-pro photographer (9),Casual photographer (9),Pro photographer (3),Semi-professional (3)

Canon 18-55mm Features

  • Standard zoom lens for EOS M digital camera with image stabilization for up to four equivalent stops of shake correction
  • Compact and lightweight design allows easy portability
  • Compact and ultra-lightweight with impressive close-focusing ability of 9.8" (25 cm)
  • Supports Movie Servo AF during video shooting by utilizing a stepping motor
  • Three aspheric lens elements reduce aberration throughout the zoom range, for superb image quality
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) creates beautiful, soft backgrounds
  • Dynamic IS (video mode only) delivers a wider image stabilization correction range, making it ideal for shooting while walking
  • Maximum magnification of 0.25x at the telephoto end
  • Minimum focusing distance (full zoom range): 9.8" (25 cm)
  • Diagonal angle of view is 74deg.20' - 27deg.50'
  • Inner Focusing System focus adjustment
  • Rotating zoom system

Canon 18-55mm Specifications

Focal Length
18 - 55 mm
Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Camera Mount Type
Canon EF-M
Format Compatibility
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View
74deg. - 27deg.
Minimum Focus Distance
9.8" (25 cm)
Diaphragm Blades
Image Stabilization
Tripod Collar
Filter Thread
52 mm
Dimensions (D x L)
2.4 x 2.4" (60.96 x 60.96 mm)
7.41 oz (210 g)

Canon 18-55mm Reviews

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(based on 101 reviews)


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Reviewed by 101 customers


meets expectations


from Portland, or  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from East Tennessee

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Throw away lens I should have waited


from Walhalla, SC

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.


So Happy I did


from Botkinburg,Arkansas

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


Nice lense


from Milan, Indiana

I'm still learning how to use this lens but I'm very pleased with it.


Good for landscapes, buildings


from Wisconsin

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.


Great low weight lens for daily use.


from Roanoke, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Using for a general low weight walk around lens. Have used for portraits, some landscapes.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Kit Lens with a twist


from Irving TX

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.


great lens for the price!


from Houston, Texas  -  Casual Photographer

It does job! The focus range provides very good use for indor or the outdor close range photography.


My Wide Variety Lens


from New Orleans  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


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Kelli G  Will this lense work with the canon 7D?
VANCE M  As far as I know this lens only works with the EOS-M camera and will not work with the 7D. At this time I think the EOS-M camera is discontinued.
Shopper  will this lens work on any other canon cameras or ESO M only?
Shopper  Is this a glass lens or the plastic kind that comes with the cannon kits?
VANCE M  Plastic housing; high grade; and glass lens. Very nice lens, adapts well to this new and amazing camera.
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