Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II is a Variable aperture Auto Focus (AF) Standard Zoom
lens with APS-C / DX max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with EF-S Mount
Canon replaced the older Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
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What type of photography is the Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
Lenses in Canon EF-S Mount with Same Focal and Aperture Range
Reasons to Buy Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II Lens
Here we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Minimum focus distance of 0.28m / 11.0 inch
| Light weight at only 190g / 6.7 oz
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| No Weather Sealing
| Lens Extends while zooming
| Slow Aperture at Tele end
| Variable Aperture
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II is compatible with cameras that have a Canon EF-S lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF-S lenses are Canon T8i, Canon 90D and Canon SL3.
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Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II has a maximum diameter of 69mm and total length of 80mm when not extended. It weighs 190g / 6.7 oz.
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II has a filter thread of 58mm. Below are links to the filters that we recommend you to consider for your Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II:
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II has a focal range of 18-55mm and 3.1X zoom ratio which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28.8-88mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.
Optical Image Stabilization
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Alternatively, you can check the Canon EF-S 18-55mm F4-5.6 IS STM in Canon EF-S mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
Lenses Similar to Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II With Optical Image Stabilization
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II features Rotary (extending) zoom method where the length of the lens changes as you zoom in or out. This makes it possible to design the lens with a smaller minimum length ( generally when it is zoomed out) compared to internal zoom lenses. The disadvantages of this design are being harder to seal against dust and moisture, weight balance shifting while zooming and zoom creep in certain lenses.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.1x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m. 0.1x means that the max magnification ratio is very low and not suitable even for modest close-up shots.
Below are the 3 Standard Zoom type Canon1 mount lens alternatives with highest max magnification ratios:
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II is a variable aperture lens with a max aperture of f3.5 and a minimum aperture of f22 at 18mm, and a max aperture of f5.6 and minimum aperture of f38 at 55mm .
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II's optical formula consists of 11 elements in 9 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- Optimised lens coatings to minimise ghosting
Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II is available in Black color.
Popular Comparisons of Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II
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