The Canon EF-s 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 went on sale in 2003, and could be bundled with the Canon 300D and 20D body.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS II. General

The first generation lens was considered not a very high-quality purchase due to its many aberrations and low sharpness. Over time, the model has been refined and improved. At the moment, there are several generations of lenses. The generations are distinguished by their cosmetics, the quality of optics, the presence of a stabilizer and an STM motor.

There are nine options in the series:

EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 (September 2003);
EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 II (March 2005);
EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS (September 2007);
EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 III (March 2011);
EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS II (March 2011);

EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM (September 2004);
EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 II USM (March 2005)

EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS STM (March 2013)
EF-S 18-55mm f / 4-5.6 IS STM (April 2017).

Canon EF-s 18-55 come bundled with EOS cameras with bayonetohm Ef-s. The first lenses of 2003 did not have very good image quality, even by the standards of a whale, so after a while a second version was released, and a little later, a lens with a stabilizer was released on the basis of the second version. By the way, lenses of later modifications, despite slightly better image quality, have obvious production optimizations.

So, for example, the second version lens with stabilizer (2011) does not have a rubber coating on the ring. bayonet, and the zoom mechanism uses screws that are cheaper to manufacture. In addition, (this is strange, but true) - EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS (September 2007) has better build and image quality than the 18 Canon EF-s 55-2011 IS II version. Visible at wide angles.

Perhaps there was some kind of quality optimization at medium focal lengths to the detriment of wide-angle.

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The lens is “kit” for many cameras with bayonetohm EF-s. What is a kit lens?

Kit lens (from the English kit - kit) - slang word - interchangeable lens, which comes with the camera at the time of sale. Often this refers to a specific entry-level zoom lens that comes with budget cameras (EF-S 18-55mm f / 3,5-5,6 for Canon, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 VA for Nikon, 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 Sony, DA 18-55 mm f / 3,5-5,6 AL from Pentax, etc.)

The lens from the review is from the fourth generation, and came with the Canon 600D.

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Name Canon EF-s 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS II
Mount to the camera EF-s
Issue 2012 (2011)
Manufacture Malaysia
A type Varifocal lens
Chassis Painted plastic. Information is painted on the body
Cost $ 150 included with the camera in 2013
Lens groups 9
Elements 11
Optical design no data
Aperture blades 6, rounded
Relative aperture 1:3,5-1:5,6
Iris control e
Aperture Scale Limits no scale, limits 1: 22-1: 38
MDF (m) 0,25
Focal length (mm) 18-55
Viewing angle (degrees) 18 and 55mm respectively
Filter diameter (mm) 58
Dimensions (mm) no data
Weight (g) 200

Lenses Canon EF-s 18-55 on the portal

  1. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS
  2. Canon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS II
  3. Canon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 III DC


Canon EF-S 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS II in action

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Chassis lens и bayonet the mount is made of plastic. The zoom ring is rubberized, the focus ring is a molded plastic frame. Diameter for filters - 58mm. The lens hood is put on in the "plug" on the body, in front of the focus ring. Light filters are screwed into the plastic housing of the lens block, the thread is internal. The production of this lens is Malaysia, a lens from a "whale" kit. There are several switches on the body - focus mode and stabilizer. The lens has a set of popular 18-55mm focal lengths and is able to cover their need for everyday use.

The copy in this article is equipped with a stabilizer - it helps to shoot in low light from hand to excerptx up to 1/8 second. The lens is very lightweight and easy to handle. Many started with this glass, and many know it like the back of their fingers. For its price, the lens has everything you need, and even more. Canon EF-s 5-18mm f / 55-3.5 IS II is a zoom lens, that is, it has a variable focal length... The main probable and practical application is an entry-level standard lens. Supplied with cropped cameras such as EOS 1100D, EOS 60D, EOS 650D, EOS 1300D, EOS 300D, EOS 600D, etc. with bayonetohm EF-s and crop factor 1,6.


Focusing drive - stepping, there is no possibility for manual adjustment without switching to manual mode. When focusing, the front part rotates around its axis. Outside focusing, the lens is a potential vacuum cleaner. During focusing, the lens works loudly, despite the fact that it happens quickly enough. Nevertheless, the lens hits the target as it should and always hits the mark. There is no focusing ring as such, and manual focusing by rotating the front lens barrel.

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In this case, the switch on the body must be in the “MF” position, since manual focus adjustment in the “AF” mode is not provided. More precisely, there is a possibility, but using it will lead to a breakdown of the focusing mechanism. The switch mechanically opens the drive. Focusing is carried out in the range from 0,25 meters to infinity. Infinity comes from about 30 meters. There is no focusing scale and depth of field calculation, manual focusing is possible only through the viewfinder.


The diaphragm is electronically controlled, rounded, has six blades. Maximum relative hole 1:3.5 at wide angle. At the far end of the zoom, at the 55mm position - 1:5.6. Zoom lens with variable aperture. In fact, the lens is not suitable for shooting indoors and in low light conditions. At the very least, you will definitely have to use a stabilizer or a tripod. In addition, you have to bully every time ISO.

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Image quality

On closer inspection, especially when viewed on monitors with a higher resolution, all its shortcomings will be noticeable, among which are (still) insufficient sharpness, color distortion, chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting at a wide angle. Edge sharpness lens much lower than in the central part. Contrast lens normal, the colors in the photo are faded.

During post-processing, various color distortions come out. Shadows in difficult conditions fall into black. The situation is the same with overexposures. The light meter of a camera with a lens does not often make mistakes, mainly in difficult conditions. It is almost impossible to shoot in side and backlight. Some older lenses do the job better.

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Sample photos on Canon 18-55mm IS II, Canon 600D and others

Sample Photos, Canon 7D and Canon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6

Sample photos, Canon 60D and Canon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 is ii


Video sample with Canon 18-55 is ii


If you develop further, then you can take something from the lenses more seriously for the crop. A qualitative leap in image quality will be immediately noticeable.


In general, the lens has a sufficient set of characteristics to allow printing photos for a family album, in a maximum size of 20x15cm. You begin to feel the difference in quality when you put on your camera a lens from the “L” series (the same old Canon EF 28-80 f / 2.8-4 USM), or analogues from Sigma or Tamron. Knowing the obvious shortcomings of the Canon 18-55mm, with skillful handling, nevertheless, some of lens you can pull it out.

In the early stages, the lens allows you to understand what to focus on in the future. For a beginner, at the time of acquaintance with the technique, a very suitable option. Some manage to shoot masterpieces and optics of a similar plan (samples do not pretend to be a masterpiece). In the secondary market, you can easily find it for a cost of two thousand rubles.

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