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

Looking to find more information regarding the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II? Read our latest review to learn more about the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II, its specifications, and if it’s a good camera lens for you. 

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

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II was first announced on 02/01/2011 with a Canon EF-S mount type.  This camera lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras of approximately 29-88mm. It’s minimum aperture is f/22 and it has 7 diaphragm blades. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II weighs 0.62lbs (280g) and it measures 1.81’’ x 2.64’’ (46.5mm x 67mm).

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II has a 0.35x maximum magnification along with a smaller minimum focusing distance of 9.84″. It has a standard filter size of 58mm and it can be used with circular polarizing filters. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is made out of plastic and it has the following special features:

  • Image Stabilization (IS)
  • AF/MF Switch
  • Zoom Lock

Below is a summary of this lenses specifications: 

  • Indicative Price: $178
  • Focal Range: 18-55
  • Aperture: F/ 3.5-5.6
  • Filter Diameter (millimeters): 58
  • Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 68.5
  • AF Motor: DC motor
  • Stabilization: Yes
  • Zoom Type: Ring
  • Tripod Mount: None
  • Colors Available: Black
  • Manual Focus: None
  • Number Of Lenses: 11
  • Length (millimeters): 84.5
  • Weight (grams): 200

How Does Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Score? 

Below are the lens metric scores we’ve measured for this specific lens: 

  • Sharpness: 1.9/10
  • Transmission: 2.4/10
  • Vignetting: 6.3/10
  • Chromatic Aberration: 5/10
  • Distortion: 4.8/10

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

Since the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II has a low price, as well as very low sharpness levels, we give it a score of 1.9 out of 10 for its performance.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II delivers poor image sharpness. Images are very soft and blurry, even on a high resolution camera like the Canon T5i (18 megapixels) .

Colors also look washed out with visible luminance noise throughout most of the range. The lens is prone to blooming as well, which means it doesn’t control chromatic aberration as well as other lenses do.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is very light at only 200 grams and it’s also compact with a fixed maximum aperture of f/3.5, which are both nice features that make it easier to carry around.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Pros and Cons

Below are some of the pros and cons regarding this lens. 

Pros: 

  • Lightweight (200 grams)
  • Compact (46.5mm x 67mm)
  • Low Price: $178 Lowest in its class

Cons:

  • Low sharpness throughout entire range
  • Very soft and blurry images
  • Vignetting Chromatic aberration Comma distortion
  • Blooms easily
  • No manual focus
  • Ring zoom is not smooth
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