Perfect lens for beginners
fairly bright as Zooms go at f/3.5
Lack of advanced features
Plastic mounting ring
no USM (I know it SAYS USM, but it's not really - it's a micro motor and not the faster ring-type)
This is a great lens that often times people will put down just because it is simple. The truth of the matter is that if you're a true beginner, it has the level of sophistication you want to learn on. Will you outgrow it and want more features? PROBABLY! but that's okay.
If you're considering getting your first digital SLR, I recommend getting the body only and picking up the standard kit lens (this lens) separately, you can save $100 (USD) or better total. I was always impressed with this lens, especially its close focus ability. It is quite sharp from edge to edge and superb for macro photography, landscapes and portraiture. True, it doesn't have a distance gauge, but most novices, whom this lens was designed for, don't want or need that. You don't learn how to ride a motorcycle on a chopper. once you "outgrow" this lens, which could be 6 months or 3 years depending on how much you shoot, you can either keep it as a backup, use it as a reverse-lens macro (with an adapter ring) or resell it on eBay: the fetch between $70-$100 regularly (for good condition). Bottom line: it is a great beginner to intermediate user lens that has fantastic optics for the price.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
The best lense to start with for Canon Digital SLR
I'm writing this review because I'm tired of hearing self-named experts degrade something that wasn't made for them. You don't want to start with professional lenses any more than you would want to buy a race car to drive around town (though it would be fun). Professional lenses are made for specific things, which is why pros need so many of them (i.e. the soup lense, the salad lense, the butter lense, the appetizer lense, the pasta lense, you get the point). Professional NASCAR would laugh if you tried to enter a new Ford Mustang at Indy, but nobody laughs at the one in your driveway. Anyway, on with the review:
Two years ago I purchased the Digital Rebel to replace a combination of film SLR and digital point-and-shoot. My SLR was a Minolta, so when I decided to go with Canon my lenses became obsolete (Minolta just hasn't been keeping up). This was my first lense investment. Everyone, even professionals, still want photos of friends and family and that's just what this lense will do.
My next lense investment was based on my reasoning for going with SLR. I wanted to get closer to far away objects, so I started looking for telephoto.
If you are considering stepping up to digital SLR from point-and-shoot, there is little question that you should invest in this lense. This lense will allow you to take all of the photos that you were used to taking with your point-and-shoot, and it will auto-focus and zoom with similar efficiency.
You may read or hear complaints about image quality from this lense. The image quality with this lense is comparable or better than any of the high end point-and-shoot cameras and better than any of your generic alternatives.
The price is great. The professional lenses that everyone compares this lense to cost 10 times as much. If you have $500 to $1000 to blow on a lense, I recommend sending me the difference via PayPal and getting this one anyway. Hey Ebay, I was kidding!
51 of 60 people found this review helpful.
Great lens & would buy it again no hesitation!
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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Great quality for a non-prime or L series lens. Excellent if all you can carry (and/or afford) is one lens for a crop sensor camera. Fast focus for a non USM, more quiet then the mirror and shutter flop or focus beep, fairly low flare unless directing straight into the sun or bright light but even then it's pretty darn little. Good bokeh wide open but do get that starlight effect at small apertures from bright objects at night, but I suppose just about any lens would do that. I also use the Canon EFs 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 on anther camera and they perform equally including that awful lens drop when pointing down (they call it (lens creep?... NOT, lens 'drop' because it's now and fast). The 18-135 does NOT have the barrel lock. Bring some sort of tape if using it (them) pointed downward and on a tripod. I used the Tamron 18-200 for a couple of years which is great all around as well but, just wanted to upgrade to a stabilizing feature because I was loosing too many shots at low light due to camera movement. In adequate light it was fine and frankly just as good, I still use it on another body. The 18-135 fits perfectly on the Rebel size bodies, excellent balance at all focal lengths and very unobtrusive in crowds. It does NOT come with a hood but they are very reasonable on eBay, even genuine versions which is what I got for $13 and free shipping.
Keep in mind that this lens is designed for crop sensor cameras so will not fit a full frame sensor camera.
Overall a great lens and highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Great Lens for the Price
This Canon lens, also known as a "kit lens", because it is commonly included with many Canon Digital Camera Kits, is specifically designed for digital cameras that have the x1.6 image sensor, such as all of the Canon Digital Rebel models, the 20D, and the 30D. It can not be used with the 5D or 1D models with has a full frame image sensor.
This lens is inexpensive yet performs like an expensive lens. It is a must for every camera bag. Even if you can afford the more expensive versions of this lens, you will want this lens for everyday shooting. It is sometimes better to take a risk with a $100 lens than a $1000 lens.
You can read all the technical specs on this lens on the Canon website if you want. What I know is that the 18-55mm zoom lens is perfect for 90% of your general picturing taking. The wide angle is necessary for shooting group shots inside where you may not be able to get back far enough to get everyone in the shot with other lenses. The zoom range of 55mm is actually like a 90mm lens on a film camera, which is adequate. Team this lens with the Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6 Tele-Zoom lens (generally under $200 on ebay) and you have the entire shooting range covered for a fairly small investment.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Although much of what everyone says about lens glass quality and build being poor, it's only when compared to the higher brands of the Canon 'L' series. This lens, with it's image stabilizer, is a great asset to not only beginner photographers but also cinematographer's working with DSLRs. This kit lens is often looked at as a lowly lens simply because it comes with the kit, but the range of 18-55mm makes it ideal for an independent filmmaker because more often then not, their audio equipment won't be picking up too far anyway. The f-stops of 3.5-5.6 also allows for a wide range of aesthetic choices when it comes to depth of field and lighting.
If you choose to upgrade to a higher zoom range, keep this lens! It is, in my opinion, one of the few lenses with a close 1-to-1 ratio when compared with the ratio of price-to-quality.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.