Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II review With Sample Photos

Very common starter lens in canon line up. Canon 18-55mm lens is very useful, the popular lens in a very low price. by the way, Canon has once again updated its kit lens. Recently canon launched very smartly and good looking 18-55mm IS II lens.

Basically, there is not a lot of change under the weight, size and lens element configuration. But canon upgraded its image stabilization system a lot. Its plastic construction keeps booth the weight and the price down.

This lens isn’t a ”constant” lens, in that as you increase the focal length, both the maximum and minimum aperture sizes decrease. Here is a table to understand the maximum and minimum aperture changes.

Focal Length 18mm 24mm 35mm 55mm
Max. aperture f/3.5 f/4 f/4.5 f/5.6
Min. Aperture f/22 f/25 f/29 f/36

Auto Focus Operation

Canon 18-55mm IS II is extremely good in autofocus mode. Though it is not USM lens, it works great in autofocus operation.  USM lens is faster than IS II lens in autofocus operation. It has AF/MF switch in its body. you can focus in manually by changes this switch.


you will not get much improvement in sharpness if you compare with the previous one. But you will get a great difference in 18mm wide-open at ƒ/3.5. Basically, it shows you excellent sharpness in wide angle.

The sharpness performance improves at ƒ/3.5 as you zoom out the focal range and stop down, achieving its optimum sharpness at 35mm and ƒ/5.6. The Lens telephoto performance at 55mm is awesome. you will get better sharpness at 55mm by dropping down to f/8. Actually at this price point this one the best one in canon line up.


Actually, this one is not good for macro photography. Because its minimum focusing distance is 25mm. So its very tough to capture macro photos by this lens. But you can use it as a macro lens by using the reverse ring. Which is not so high price as any other macro lens.

Building and Image Quality

There are no fundamental changes to the design of the lens from its immediate predecessor. This one is completely a plastic body. Though it’s a plastic body it has high quilty construction.

Like most lower cost lenses the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is not sealed against dust or moisture. The minimum focusing distance is 9.8 ” which results in a nice maximum magnification of 0.34 x – good enough for a little close-up work.

The lens only has two switches to speak of: one to enable or disable autofocus (”AF/MF”) and one to activate or deactivate image stabilization  ”ON/OFF”. Image stabilization works as advertised, providing several stops of steadiness in our hands, though as always the actual usefulness is going to depend largely on the capability of the individual camera user.

The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II has a 58 mm filter thread which is great because filters in this size are common and not expensive. Please note that the use of circular pole filters or graduated filters with this lens is possible but a little tricky.


Compare to other wide angle lenses this one is cheaper. Here I show a price list of Canon 18-55mm IS II price list with compare to other wide angle lenses. So have a lock :

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II- $99.00

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM- $199.00

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8- $293.00

Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM- $349.00

Image Quality

Here are some ordinary photos to understand the actual quality of the image.  However, this lens is softer in terms of focus than some of the other lenses in this category. Centre resolution is very good but corner sharpness is disappointing and reduces the average, while chromatic aberration is poor. Let’s see some sample photos of Canon ES-S 18-55mm IS II lens:

Over To You

This one is decently a good lens in canon line up. On the other hand for a novice, this one is blessing to learn photography. I like this one not only its wide angle view but also telephoto view.

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Sharif Mishu

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