Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

by Canon
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.

  • Aspherical element, with filter size - 58mm
  • Aspherical element, with filter size - 58mm
  • 4-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Super Spectra coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Circular aperture for good bokeh
  • Fast auto focus with 25cm close focusing distance
There is a newer model of this item:
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens 4.7 out of 5 stars (12)
In stock.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Visit our Canon shop to see the full range of Canon products.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 9 cm ; 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 2042B005AA
  • ASIN: B000V9F3AW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Oct 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Product Description

Compact and affordable, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3
6 IS is the ideal general-purpose standard zoom
Its 4-stop Image Stabilizer provides great performance in low light conditions
The EF-S 18-55mm f/3
6 IS is a high-quality, standard zoom lens that will appeal to photographers who prefer to travel light
With a focal length equivalent of 29-88mm in 35mm format, the lens' wide zoom range is suitable for most general photography
For close-up work, auto focus continues to work at distances of just 0
25m (25cm) throughout the zoom range
To minimize risk of image blur, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3
6 IS incorporates Canon's latest 4-stop compensation Image Stabilizer technology
This allows photographers to use shutter speeds up to 4 times slower with no perceptible increase in image blur - ideal for shooting in low light
As well as ensuring true color balance and sharp, high contrast images, Super Spectra coatings combat ghosting and flare by absorbing light reflecting off digital camera sensors or internal lens elements
An aspherical lens element delivers crisp, high contrast images even with the aperture fully opened

 Product Description

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon 18-55mm IS Lens Review 3 Mar 2008
This lens just about the same size and weight as the older 18-55mm lens. The coating is different and gives holding the lens a better grip. The performance of this lens is far superior to the old lens, images are sharper and to me have more depth and colour. The IS system works very effectively to reduce camera shake and can also keep the IS goning automatically if you are panning. I could not really get better than 3 stops advantage over a non-IS lens, not the Canon quoted 4 stops. This is not really noticeable in real life, so I would not define it as a minus point to the lens. Build quality is good for the price range even though it is a plastic build and mount, this is never going to be a pro lens and it is built to a price. Overall, top marks to Canon for an excellent lens. For picture quality verus price this lens will be a winner
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maggot Colony 2 Aug 2008
This lens has caused a mild stir on the internet in the last few months. To my mind, it's the zoom equivalent of Canon's 50mm f1.8, in the sense that it's very cheap but performs very well. On an optical level it has no obvious deficits. Physically it is small and light, and the image stabilisation works well. As a package, at this price level, it's hard to resist if you want a cheap decent walkaround lens. The only obvious competition I can think of is the Sigma 18-50mm, but that doesn't have image stabilisation, and from what I have seen it's blurry around the edges; at the very least, it offers nothing over the Canon 18-55mm IS and it's no cheaper.

This is the third version of Canon's 18-55mm camera kit lens. The first two editions of the lens were regularly derided on the internet for poor sharpness at the corners, chromatic aberrations, and general naff build quality. I can't confirm any of that, because I haven't used the older versions, although the samples I have seen were unimpressive. You can find these lenses going cheaply on eBay, because no-one wants them. In contrast, the 18-55mm IS has exceeded expectations, and has received good reviews, notably from Digital Photography Review and Photozone.de. They go into a lot of detail about the image sharpness and so forth, I will not try to duplicate their work.

I've had mine for a week or so now, and I've tested it and used it generally out and about. I like it, with some reservations. It's smaller and less conspicuous than my Sigma 18-125mm. It has far less distortion than my Canon 24-85mm. It's more versatile than my old Super Takumar f1.4, although in most other respects the Takumar squashes it like a bug, not least because it is made of metal. The 18-55mm's big drawback is its physical design.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars certainly better than the kit lens 27 Aug 2010
The `non-IS` version of this lens came with my Canon kit and having read so much about the `IS` version decided to buy it.I can only say that there is no comparison, the`IS` version is better in every respect.The lens is effectively much faster and allows you a greater flexibilty in low light situations. Recommended.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Kit lens out there (updated) 27 Nov 2010
As Canon's Kit lens by default these days, anyone getting a digital SLR kit with one or two exceptions will get this lens included.

To say it's better than the previous 18-55 kit is an understatement. It's not that the build quality is much better than the older version - it isn't - it has a pseudo alloy effect on the plastic barrel, and feels slightly tighter overall, while the extra (IS) switch 'boosts' the look. In actual fact, the durability of this (and the older kit) are reasonable enough in the proce range, and what you would expect.

As for image quality.. well quite simply it punches well above it's weight without question - it's not often you find products with (justifiable) 4 and 5 star reviews like this. If anyone uses the old kit lens and puts this on, they will immediately wonder why they didn't switch a long time ago.

At it's current offer price it's almost mandatory to own if you have the earlier kit lens. It may even get you using the camera more.

There are two newer versions of this lens a Mark II and a non-IS version. Optically there is very little, if any difference between them and this.

Although touching on build quality I don't think it is reasonable to underscore for this - the build is perfectly fine for 'normal' use.

Zoom lenses are a compromise, however, I have this lens in my bag along with several 'Prime' lenses which are considerbaly more expensive. If I need to use this lens for a particular shot, either if I need the IS, or more usually the wider angle, then I do not hesitate to use it. I don't think any kit lens can ask for more of a 'review' than that - which is that for most people, it is perfeclty useable and produces excellent results in its class.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great lens, only one complaint. 6 April 2008
Verified Purchase
I got this lens this morning and went out today taking photos with it. I'm really impressed with the results, it's a big improvement over the standard 18-55 kit lens. The optics perform better giving sharper results, and the image stabiliser is a handy addition.

I don't usually have a single bad word to say about Canon, but at a retail cost of around 140-160 for this lens, Canon should be ashamed of themselves for selling the lens hood separately at an additional 25! What a complete rip off for a little bit of cheap plastic.
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
also excellent lens arrived on time
Published 20 days ago by bill bain
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased customer.
Product as advertised. Very pleased with lens. Also Very quick delivery.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars By good
Yes it is working well creating good photos. The item arrived quickly and was what was expected. Already being put to good use
Published 4 months ago by patrick stappleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
I think this lens deserves 5 stars as it is very good value for money. It is lightweight, has reasonable resolution particularly when stopped down to f8, f11. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve James
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon Lens.
bought second hand but has been used with no problems, a good lens. which was bought as an alternative to my 18 - 135mm lens, which is much heavier and not always needed.
Published 7 months ago by J. Sniegon
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent everyday Lens
This is a very good everyday lens, for your canon DSLR Camera, it is suitable for everyday shots, closeup shots and even NIGHT shots. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Davy Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars good
A very good buy. An excellent product.

An excellent product. Do buy it, its worth it... totally loved it

Thanks and regards..............
Published 10 months ago by Hassan Ur Rehman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens!!!
I needed a sharp, clear lens that I could depend on when I'm photographing weddings. The image stabiliser feature
is exactly what I needed to give me the back up in the fast... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sarah Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5.6 IS Lens
My original lens was damaged in an accident and I needed a replacement. The replacement arrive3d within 48 hours and was everything that the Amazon Description said it was
Published 17 months ago by Peter Runciman
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Lens
This replaced the original standard lens (which I had ruined by dropping) on my eos 400D DSLR. It's lighter than the original and is image stabilised which the original was not. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Graham Wakeham
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category