Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Review

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Review


Measuring a simple 205g and measuring 75cm long, the lens is one of the littlest and lightest standard lenses that Canon offers. As an EF-S lens, you can just utilize it on a Canon APS-C body, for the 29-88mm identical edge of perspective.

As you would anticipate from such a modest lens, construct quality is satisfactory instead of remarkable. The lens feels genuinely strong in your grasp even though the plastic mount is baffling. The centering ring is extremely thin yet has a rubberized, ridged hold band that helps with the fingertip operation.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM brags about the image stabilization that Canon claims offers a favorable position of up to 4 f-stops, unlike lenses without a stabilizer. This is enacted using the On/Off switch on the lens. If the camera body bolsters it, Canon’s IS innovation is likewise ready to recognize deliberate panning development and consequently change from Normal IS mode to Panning IS mode.

The last control on the lens barrel is a center mode switch with the typical AF/MF settings. Observe that this lens has full-time manual concentrating notwithstanding when AF is chosen.

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Specifications

General SpecificationCanon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Focal Length18-55mm
Camera Mount TypeCanon EF-S
Format ComitabilityCanon (APS-C)
Angle of View74º 20' - 27º 50'
Minimum Focus Distance9.13”
Actual Weight205g / 7.2 oz.
Aperture Range-Wide/ Long F3.5-5.6
Focus Ring Rotation55°
Lens Hood Included?NO / EW-63C
Image StabilizationYes
Case Included?No
Year Introduced?2013

Technical Specifications


For a lens that will be packaged with Canon’s entry-level cameras, the sharpness conveyed is very noteworthy. At 18mm sharpness is as of now amazing over the edge at the greatest opening and remains so until the lens is halted down past F8.

When the lens is zoomed to 35mm, sharpness in the focal point of the casing stays high at maximum aperture and in spite of the fact that clarity towards the edges is lessened, it is still great. Top sharpness over the casing is accomplished between F5.6 and F8. And here sharpness is phenomenal over the casing.

At last, with the lens zoomed to 55mm, general sharpness is diminished, however, clarity is still incredible in the focal point of the edge at the greatest opening and still great towards the edges of the casing. This example stays steady until the opening is halted down past F11.

Chromatic Aberration:

Chromatic aberrations are a bit high, particularly towards the edges at 35mm, where the 1-pixel width is surpassed at openings speedier than F5.6 and when halted down to F16 or the past. This level of bordering shouldn’t posture excessively numerous issues, however, may begin to end up obvious along high differentiation areas towards the edges.

Shading or ”Vignetting”:

The advancement of the light falloff was not an essential configuration objective. As usual, the most awful vignetting is at the wide-end with a somewhat amazing and simple obvious vignetting of about 1.8EV at F3.5. This is really of our standard scale. The vignetting enhances at F5.6 however it takes F8 till the issue is pretty much determined. The other central lengths are not as influenced but rather you ought to in any case figure around 1EV of vignetting at 24mm and 35mm at the widest aperture.


Distortion is genuinely normal for a lens of this write, with 3.12% barrel at 18mm. This level of distortion ought to pose a few issues for some, yet might be a lot for perceiving picture takers. On the off chance that straight lines are critical, then you’ll be happy to hear that the distortion example is uniform over the casing, which ought to make adjustments generally easy to apply in picture-altering programming a short time later.

Buy this lens if:

Need a lens for your children? The 18-55 IS STM is an awesome alternative for them. You don’t have to stress over them harming your important lens. The small size makes this lens perfect for child-measured hands and the light weight keeps photography a good time for children – for drawn-out periods.

If you just need the more extensive edges, this lens may be an OK decision (from an optical point of view). In the event that your wallet is light or you have to keep your DSLR light, this lens may be a decent decision. In any case, just in the event that you comprehend that you are getting a lower-end starter lens. On the off chance that it introduces you to the Universe of Canon EOS DSLR cameras and the extraordinary picture quality they convey, this lens merits beginning with. You can move up to a superior lens later.

So, we can fairly suggest the Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM as a lightweight, convenient standard zoom lens for APS-C DSLR proprietors that conveys satisfying results for both stills, portraiture, travel, or even street photography and video.

The zoom extent may not as wide as other pack lenses, for example, the Canon 18-135 STM IS. Indeed, even along these lines, this lens is reasonable for some subjects. For close-up photos over the entire zoom range, it can be worked from a separation of only 25 cm.

Don’t Buy this lens if:

Given the tighter maximum focal range, this may not be the best choice for a professional photographer, for those who wish to capture wide-angle landscapes, macros, or night sky photography. This is a general-purpose lens nevertheless you ought not to forget that this is not Canon’s “L” class series.

So, if you need to invest in a professional kit this may be a low-budget choice for you. Still, I would advise you to keep searching and see what other lenses have to offer.


Canon enhanced the mechanical nature of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM contrasted with its ancestors. It stays, obviously, a “plastic” lens, however, we can commend the rebound of a devoted center ring the usage of a non-pivoting front component and a by and large higher form quality.

The new STM AF is truly quiet and quite expedient. Standard’s IS (picture stabilizer) is a demonstrated innovation at this point and it’s an appreciated element to assist in low-light circumstances. Most clients will likely buy the lens as a feature of a camera unit at minimal additional expenses.

It’s not an expensive thing when purchasing it independently and you may see that there is a touch of value contrasted with its antecedents. All things considered, it is still a bargain.

One More Thing.

Gone are the days when the unit lens supplied with your entrance-level DSLR is just a substandard bit of garbage, just fit to hold you over until you set something aside for an update. Even though this lens might be made for the most of plastic, optically it performs all around ok to fulfill the requirements of general picture takers.

You Can Get The Lens From My Recommended Retailer: Amazon

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  • Great information in regards to the lens from Canon. I was thinking of buy this lens and after reading your in depth review I might dust do that.

    My wallet is a bit light but this lens just might be in my price range. I liked the fact that it’s a lens you would be happy to have your kids have due to the size and weight.

    I have been thing of killing two birds with one stone as I have an 18mm prime lens. This lens would offer more flexibility in terms of shooting situations.

    Nice to hear that sharpness for the price is acceptable.

    Great review.

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