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Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

22 June 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros
  • good image quality in the frame centre in the whole range of apertures and focal lengths,
  • decently corrected coma,
  • efficient image stabilization,
  • autofocus in good working order.

Cons:

  • average image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • chromatic aberration corrected weakly,
  • significant distortion,
  • huge vignetting,
  • distinct astigmatism at the shortest focal length,
  • modest accessory kit.

The mere comparison of the lists of pros and cons shows that our summary can’t be positive. Good and even but not splendid work in the frame centre is simply not enough a reason for a lens to be only praised. Its main problem is the fact that it doesn’t offer more than the rivals – rather the opposite is true. There is no USM motor, which can be found in similar Nikkor, Sigma or Tamron constructions. Optically it fares worse than lenses with even wider focal range. What’s the point of buying the Canon when an owner of a Canon reflex camera can buy better lenses, with a wider focal lengths range like, e.g. the Sigma 18-250 mm OS or the Tamron 18-270 mm VC for a similar price?


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Sample shots

Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.23 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/7.1, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 6.47 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/9.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.05 MB
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.49 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.3 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 18 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.29 MB
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 28 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.46 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.36 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 32 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 6.11 MB
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 28 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.47 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 3.81 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.41 MB
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 60 mm, f/7.1, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.42 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 50 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 6.31 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 70 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.52 MB
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 135 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.02 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 140 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.14 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 120 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 3.81 MB
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 110 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 3.79 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 130 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 6.28 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 200 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.01 MB
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - Summary
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 200 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.01 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 200 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 5.65 MB
Camera: Canon 50D
Parameters: 200 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4752×3168 pix, 4.74 MB



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