Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Review
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS the standard kit lens for Canon camera APS-C format. Started producing in 2007, there is a kit lens for basic Canon DSLR cameras. Lens belongs to the second generation Canon kit lenses. And compared to previous Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II has better optical performance, constructive and have optical image stabilizer, as evidenced by the letters IS (Image Stabilization).
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Specs
Focal length: 18-55mm
Maximal aperture: f/3.5-5.6
Weight (gr): 200
Length (mm): 70
Filter Ø (mm.): 58
Aperture blades: 6
Min. Focus distance (m.): 0,25
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Handling and Mechanics
The lens has a plastic barrel, plastic bayonet mount, too. The middle part of the barrel is a broad rubberized zoom ring. There is also a manual focus ring, it is narrow and is located near the front of the lens. They certainly can be used, but is uncomfortable in comparison with manual focus lenses. When focusing, the front element rotates.
On the left, close to the camera has 2 switches. Mode AF/MF to switch between manual and automatic focus. And ON/OFF stabilizer switch.
The lens have a built-in motor focus. Autofocus is operating normally.
The overall build quality is quite good. I also like the design, the camera looks more serious than the Nikon kit lenses. Interestingly, the lens has a rounded aperture blades, which allows to obtain smooth bokeh circles.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Sample Photos
All examples are taken by the camera Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi. JPG without post-processing.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Sharpness
Is nothing special to say about sharpness. A typical kit lens is a typical of this lens class sharpness. Normal sharpness.
18mm f/5.7 1/640 ISO 400
If you compare it with Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II, it has the better sharpness of field on the edge of the frame.
55mm f/5.7 1/800 ISO 400
34mm f/4.6 1/60 ISO 400
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Character and Bokeh
The lens has a smooth creamy bokeh. It's over because of low fastest, well pronounced bokeh can be seen only at the macro or when shooting close portraits.
55mm f/5.7 1/200 ISO 400
In other cases, bokeh is not noticeably.
55mm f/5.7 1/60 ISO 400
The lens is designed for cameras with APS-C sensor. The effective focal length in comparison with the format of 35mm is 29-88 mm. Wide angle is enough for most scenes.
33mm f/4.6 1/1000 ISO 400
55mm f/5.7 1/400 ISO 400 MFD
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Contrast and Color Reproduction
The lens shows good contrast, but loses to modern kit lenses.
18mm f/8 1/160 ISO 100
Against the sun exposure is often seen and a slight drop in contrast.
24mm f/12,9 1/250 ISO 200
18mm f/7 1/100 ISO 100
I want to say about the work of the stabilizer. According to the manufacturer, it can be used to compensate for 4 aperture stops. Clearly, this is a marketing ploy, since the stabilizer can only compensate for hand shake. But the scenes with fast moving objects no stabilizer can not compensate.
18mm f/3.5 1/8 ISO 400
Crop 100% the size of the previous picture.
Note that the shutter speed of this photo. Exposure 1/8 it's great. But at 100% size has visible light motion blur, because during the exposure people slightly move. With static scenes stabilizer useful by 100%.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS is a standard kit lens. Many fans it is enough to get good shots for the home and family. You can see more examples of photos with this lens.
29mm f/4.6 1/60 ISO 400