Canon EF-S 18–55mm lens

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The 18–55mm USM lens.

The Canon EF-S 18–55mm lens f/3.5–5.6 is a Canon-produced wide-angle to mid telephoto zoom lens for digital single-lens reflex cameras with an EF-S lens mount. The field of view has a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 28.8–88mm, and it is a standard kit lens on Canon's consumer APS-C DSLRs. In February 2017 Canon announced the new Canon EF-S 18–55mm lens f/4–5.6 IS STM with a smaller aperture, which made the lens 20% smaller according to Canon.

Dhanmondi Lake taken by Canon EF-S 18–55mm lens
Dhanmondi Lake taken by Canon EF-S 18–55mm lens

There have been eight iterations of this lens, five of which are discontinued and three of which are currently in production.

  • I USM (discontinued)
  • I (discontinued)
  • II USM (discontinued)
  • II (discontinued)
  • IS (discontinued)
  • IS II (current)
  • III (current)
  • IS STM (current)
  • f/4-5.6 IS STM (current)

EF-S 18–55mm USM I/II / EF-S 18–55mm I/II[edit]

The lens body has a plastic construction, including the lens mount. Generally, however, this version of the lens is soft and must be stopped down to gain acceptable sharpness. Barrel distortion becomes quite noticeable at the wide-angle setting and chromatic aberration (purple fringing) is common.[1]

EF-S 18–55mm IS I/II[edit]

On 20 August 2007, the EF-S 18-55m IS was announced along with the EOS 40D. The lens featured improved optical quality over previous versions and added image stabilization.[2]

On 7 February 2011, the 18–55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS II was announced to be bundled with the Canon 600D and 1100D.[3] This lens is identical in specification to the previous version, and features exactly the same optics, but has a revised external design and a slightly different IS algorithm that attempts to recognize when the camera is being panned, effectively disabling IS in that direction.[4]

EF-S 18–55mm IS STM[edit]

On 21 March 2013, the 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM was announced alongside the Canon 700D/Rebel T5i and 100D/Rebel SL1. It has a different optical formula from that of any previous Canon 18–55mm lens, and includes Canon's STM (stepping motor) technology, claimed by the company to offer quieter continuous autofocus while shooting video when attached to bodies that have Canon's hybrid autofocus sensor technology. The STM is also the first 18–55mm version with an internal focusing design.[5] At introduction, it was offered as a kit lens on both the 700D[5] and 100D;[6] it has since become one of two alternative kit lenses for the 70D.[7]

EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM[edit]

On 14 February 2017, the 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM was announced alongside the Canon 800D/Rebel T7i and the 77D. It has a different optical formula from that of any previous Canon 18–55mm lens and a smaller aperture, which made it possible to reduce the lens' physical size.


Reference [8][9] [8][9] [10][11] [10][11] [12][13] [12][14][15] [12][14][15][16] [17][18][19] [20]
Image Canon EF-S 18-55mm.jpg Canon EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 II USM.jpg Canon 18-55mm IS.jpg Canon EF-S 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 IS II lens.jpg Canon EFS 18-55 III.jpg Canon EFS 18-55 STM.jpg
Key features
Image stabilizer No No Yes Yes (4 stops) No No Yes Yes (4 stops)
Micro USM Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
Stepping motor No No Yes Yes
Internal focusing No No Yes Yes
L-series No No
Diffractive Optics No No
Aspherical element Yes Yes
Macro No No
Short back focus Yes Yes
Improvements identical to the Mk I USM but without an ultrasonic motor similar optics to the Mk I, but with changes to the shape of the zoom ring and the tapered area at the front of the lens Identical to the Mk II USM but without an ultrasonic motor Adding image stabilization and addressing general image quality problems of the Mk I and II Identical to the IS I but with a revised external design Similar to the IS II but without image stabilization Featuring a revised optical design and utilizing stepper motor technology Featuring 20% less in size, but smaller aperture
Physical data
Weight 190 g 200 g 205 g 215 g
Max. Diameter x Length 68.5 mm x 66 mm 68.5 mm x 70 mm 69.0 mm x 75.2 mm 66.5 mm x 61.8 mm
Filter diameter 58 mm
Technical data
Maximum aperture f/3.5–5.6 f/4–5.6
Minimum aperture f/22–36 f/22–32
Horizontal viewing angle 64°30'–23°20'
Vertical viewing angle 45°30'–15°40'
Diagonal viewing angle; 74°20'–27°50'
Groups/elements 9/11 11/13 10/12
# of diaphragm blades 6 7
Closest focusing distance 0.28 m 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 0.28× 0.34× 0.25×
Lens hood EW-60C (circular) EW-63C (petal)
Case LP814 LP1016
Retail information
Release date September 2003 February 2005 August 2007 February 2011 April 2013 April 2017
MSRP $ $239.99 Kit only $239.99 Kit only $199.99 Kit only[21] $249.99 $249.99
Currently in production? No No Yes Yes


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  20. ^ "Canon U.S.A. : New Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D Cameras Possess Stunning Autofocus Capabilities". 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  21. ^

External links[edit]



18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 II[edit]

18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS[edit]

18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS II[edit]

18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 USM[edit]

18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM[edit]