Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens - Black
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- Image stabilised ultrasonic motor (USM) makes for silent and reliable operation
- Lets you focus right down to 45 cm/1.5 feet
- Switch between autofocus and manual operation
- Comes with 1 year manufacturer's warranty
- Filter size: 72 mm
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Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens - Black.
Zoom lenses are very convenient. The equivalent of two or more fixed focal length lenses in one unit. The maximum aperture of some zoom lenses changes as you alter the focal length, but through-the-lens (TTL) metering takes this into account to give correct exposure.
Compact, lightweight and a wide magnification range - this standard zoom lens features a wide focal length range from normal to telephoto equivalent to 29-320mm in the 35mm format. It features an optical image stabilizer for up to 4-stops of effective correction even at full zoom.
Since Canon's optical image stabilization system is in the lens, not in the camera, you can see the stabilized, steadier images through the viewfinder. And the circular aperture can give beautiful background blur effects.
This wide zoom ratio EF-S lens delivers excellent high-speed performance at an affordable price.See all Product description
From the Manufacturer
One of the joys of photography is using your camera to tell the stories of everyday life. There is beauty in the simplest of subjects – reflections in a shop window or someone you pass in the street. And once you start looking for these shots, you’ll see them everywhere.
Versatile, Long-Range Zoom in Compact Form
The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS compact proportions and its powerful zoom range of 11x make it an ideal general-purpose zoom for photographers on the go.
Aspheric and UD Elements
High image quality is assured with the addition of two high-precision aspheric lenses to correct aberration including curvature of field and distortion.
4-Stop Image Stabiliser
A 4-stop optical Image Stabiliser works to counteract image blur, which can occur during handheld shooting, or at slow shutter speeds. Automatic panning detection ensures effective performance when tracking moving subjects and, as the IS system is based in the lens, results are visible through the viewfinder during framing.
Canon’s lens element coating minimises the ghosting and flare caused by reflections off the image sensor and internal lens surfaces. Light transmission is improved and reflections are reduced to deliver clear, crisp images.
|EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS||EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM||EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM||EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM||EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM||EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM|
|Focusing motor||DC motor||USM||USM||USM||USM||USM|
|Size (width x height)||78.6 x 102mm||81.6 x 87.5mm||83.5 x 110.6mm||83.5 x 107mm||83.4 x 93mm||88.5 x 113mm|
|APS-C camera bodies only||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Step-up||Huge zoom range for many types of photography, good for travel where one lens solution is needed||More compact size, reduced zoom range but higher optical quality and faster focus motor||Constant wide f/2.8 aperture for low-light photography. Increased ability to blur the background and make the subject stand out||General purpose lens with L-series optical quality and flexible zoom range||More compact size, higher optical quality. Close macro focusing mode and Hybrid Image Stabilizer for steady macro shots||Constant, wide f/2.8 aperture, very best optical quality in a zoom lens|
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Top Customer Reviews
The image stabilisation is impressive and also works well with panning. Autofocus is fast although it lacks USM...which would have cost more. The build quality is much better than I expected...it is surprisingly chunky and weighty...and there are no untoward rattles! As stated, the image quality is good.
If I had one criticism it's a general Canon one...they never supply a lens hood for the price (unlike Nikon), and the lens specific hoods are always ridiculously over-priced for bits of plastic. Canon take note!
'Zoom creep' as described by another reviwer isn't really an issue, any more than with any other weighty zoom lens...even of 'L' quality. A zoom lock is built into the lens if required. I must say I haven't had to use it.
I have already had a photograph on local television with this lens within a couple of days of owning it. I think it's great...and no regrets.
Purists will argue that there are lens aberrations at the extremes of wide-angle and zoom. This may be true, but for the majority of users this will not be an issue and is more than compensated by the ability to do it all out of one lens. After all if you miss a shot because of changing lenses, lens aberrations are irrelevant. I cannot see any defects in the shots I have taken.
Others have spoken about the lens extending under its own weight, and this is true. However, you quickly learn to carry the camera by the lens or flick the zoom lock switch on /off with your middle / third finger so this really is not an issue.
In addition, the image stabilisation built into the lens can also sharpen images, reducing the need for a tripod - although that's still a necessity for extreme zoom and low light. Finally your camera bag will be a lot lighter, because you can leave the separate wide angle and zoom lenses behind. This lens is now permanently on my camera (Canon EOS) 450D.
The image stabilization is very impressive. It's so cool when you press the shutter-release half way and the jittery viewfinder image solidifies, or at least becomes more treacle-like. It won't make your tripod redundant, but it does improve handheld shooting considerably, especially at the 200mm end.
The lens does extend under its own weight, but why would this be a problem to anyone? Adding this lens to your camera does make it a heavy combination, so you'll likely be holding it by the lens as well as the camera anyway.
I haven't held the lens up to the rigeur of scientific scrutiny as far as optical performance goes. That's not really my thing. Life's too short. A very slight barrel distortion in my pics of Torremolinos wouldn't cause me any sleepless nights. I've taken lots of pictures with this lens and I'm more than happy with it.
Let's get this out of the way: any superzoom is going to be a lens of compromises. At 11x zoom range, this lens is no exception - it's not going to compete for image quality with the high-end Canon 'L' zooms, many of which are no more than 3x or 4x zoom range. Superzooms are perfect lenses to carry around on a small DSLR when travelling and space is at a premium, or for those short trips where photography isn't the primary goal, but you don't want to be without a decent camera.
Now that we've dealt with that, this is still the best superzoom available for the Canon format - and as you've read above, I've tested a lot of them. There are a lot of options to choose from in this market: Sigma have an 18-200, 18-250 and an 18-300; Tamron have an 18-270 and a 16-300; and of course Canon have this 18-200.
Looking at image quality in a little more detail, this is probably the only superzoom I'd willingly use wide open. As with other superzooms, sharpness does improve down to f/8 and the extremes of the zoom range do suffer edge softness to some extent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just used this on holiday,brilliant because I only needed this one lense instead of all my other 3 I would usually take. Has covered all the angles for me.Published 5 days ago by Mr Ian Silsbury
For me as a beginner this is a lovely lens for my canon 650d lots of scope for fabulous photographyPublished 2 months ago by lady penfold
A good range telephoto lens. It is a bit heavy but is stops the need to carry another lense and to have to stop and change lens.Published 5 months ago by Optimist
A good all round lens for quick 'up and out' photography. Very happy with it, however after 30 days it has developed 'lens creep' so have the hassle of sorting that with Canon!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A professional photographer friend recommended the 18-200 as a great all-round lens, and he was not wrong. Read morePublished 9 months ago by FM
Excellent service and delivery. Keep it up! Definitely recommend to anyone...Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer