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

25 May 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very good image quality in the frame centre at shorter focal lengths,
  • even performance on the edge of the frame,
  • well-controlled chromatic aberration at the longest focal length,
  • moderate coma,
  • satisfactory work against bright light,
  • decent price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • plastic casing and mount,
  • chromatic aberration at shorter focal lengths could have been lower,
  • noticeable distortion at 18 mm,
  • high vignetting at the widest angle,
  • not efficient stabilization,
  • modest standard accessory kit.

The results of our test indicate that the new version of this lens, compared to its predecessor, has undergone nothing more serious than a delicate “lifting”. Additionally the alterations concerned mainly the casing because the optical system features just one change – new coatings, which improved slightly the work against bright light. Other differences, which appeared during testing, were rather a result of measurement errors and/or the quality dispersion factor between particular specimens than any real differences in optics of both instruments (perhaps apart from the stabilization which in the tested lens was exceptionally bad).


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The summary can be exactly the same as in the case of the previous model and based on an old adage saying that you should never look a gift horse in the mouth. Taking into account the fact that this lens comes with a body virtually for free, it’s better to start taking photos and refining our technique than to complain.


Sample shots

Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.21 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/7.1, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.36 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.39 MB
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/30 s, ISO 800
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.15 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/7.1, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.85 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.74 MB
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 55 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 55 mm, f/9.0, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.59 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 55 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.37 MB
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 53 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.13 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 53 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.14 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 27 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 6.73 MB
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.62 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 34 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.38 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 35 mm, f/9.0, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.4 MB



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