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.
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.
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.