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Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras

Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras

Item: IM1T38056    Model: 2042B002

Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras
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  • 18 - 55 mm
  • f/3.5-5.6
  • 74.2 - 27.5 deg
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18 - 55 mmf/3.5-5.674.2 - 27.5 degEachCanon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras18 - 55 mmf/3.5-5.674.2 - 27.5 degCanon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras206.99USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/m001385084_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/m001385084_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/m001385084/Canon-EF-S-2042B002-18-55-mm-f-35-56-Zoom-Lens/product_IM1T38056
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Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras
 
3.7

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Super-sharp images (14)
  • Fast auto-focus (13)
  • Superior build quality (6)
  • Light weight (4)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Poor build quality (9)
  • Slow auto-focus (8)
  • Semi-sharp images (5)
  • Rotating front element (3)

Best Uses

    Most Helpful Positive Review

     

    Great standard zoom for Entry Level DSLR

    I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit...Read complete review

    I purchased this lens in October, 2007 as an replacement for the non-IS version of the kit lens of my EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Now, after one year of experience, I must admit that I'm very satisfied. The IS works as advertised, 0.5 seconds w/18mm and 1/6 seconds w/55mm are no problem. When I was in London last year, I was able to shot a bunch of free-hand panorama photos at the River Thames bank, which I merged into one panorama which decorates my office now.

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    Most Helpful Negative Review

     

    Decent Start

    Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one...Read complete review

    Though not great, this lens is a decent start into the SLR world. Unfortunately, you'll quickly realize why it's only so-so useful when you get another lens with a better aperture, especially one that zooms in & out like this does. Even outdoors with good light, that 5.6 aperture at 55mm does a number on your shutter speed and I'm guessing that's why IS is built into it. Indoors, unless you have a tripod, really good lighting or have a very steady form, you will notice some blur, even with IS on. If you buy this with a body, it's good to help you test and experiment, but if you get a body with no lens, don't bother getting this as your first. Still, if you're new and get this with a body, use it to help you understand aspects of photography & lens technology.

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    2.0

    Skip this lens

    By Reviewer AX

    from New York

    This customer has reached Vice President level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

    Comments about Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras:

    The is not a lens I can recommend. If you can spend an extra $50-$200 depending on where you're looking, go with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm or Canon EF-S 18-200mm. Those lenses have absolute superior build quality and offer much greater zoom which you no longer have to contemplate always bringing the 18-55mm with a 55-250mm or even a 75-200mm lens.

    The EF-S 18-55 is has very poor build quality to it and it is constructed mostly with plastic. After handling the aforementioned lenses, you will know exactly what I'm talking about and the fact is you will end up buying other lenses. Those whose camera came bundled with this lens barely use it after they use other lenses.

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    5.0

    Good for landscapes, buildings

    By dran_reb

    from Wisconsin

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • takes good photos at night
    • Wide Angle

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras:

        Good all-around general purpose lens, versatile enough for many situations. Relatively light weight. Good for a walk in the woods because it can capture a decent wide-angle landscape shot, yet still take a great close-up photo of an object along the trail, such as a flower. Limited zoom means it cannot get a close-up of distant wildlife, so if that's your target, you will need to consider a different lens. This lens works great for fitting buildings into the frame when standing close. I have taken some beautiful night shots of cityscapes with this lens using a tripod and long exposure.

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        3.0

        Okay lens

        By asjs

        from Florida

        Pros

          Cons

          • focus easily obstructed
          • Poor build quality
          • Semi-sharp images
          • Slow Auto-Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras:

            This lens came with the camera I bought. I found it to be easy to work with when adjusting the basic settings such as auto/manual focus and turning the stabilizer on and off. I found that when shooting, a lot of pictures did not come out as expected due to the slow lens. I'd suggest this lense for beginner portraits, but nothing moving. The focus is easily broken, and it is extremely slow on auto focus.

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            (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Kit Lens + for Learning DSLR

            By merlexie

            from Undisclosed

            Pros

            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

            • Slow Auto-Focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras:

              This is the kit lens that came with my Rebel T3i. Overall, I think it serves its purpose well. The T3i is an entry-level DSLR, and this lens pairs well with it as a learning lens while newbies to DSLR figure out what exactly they're doing. The lens + camera combo is a huge step up from my Canon Powershot ELPH 300; the image quality is excellent, and it's much more versatile. So, the pros about this lens: it gives you enough zoom to experiment with both wide-angle/landscape shots as well as portraits and other close-ups. People get into DSLR for different reasons, so it's reasonable that Canon would pick a kit lens with versatility rather than confining people to a one-trick wonder. The IS does wonders, especially in low light. Now, the cons--and not all of them are really cons. The build quality does, admittedly, seem to be on the cheap side. But come on, it's a kit lens, and its retail price-point is at the very low end of the range for all Canon lens. So this shouldn't come as any surprise, and isn't worth causing a fuss over. More critical, however, is the autofocus: it's very finicky, and frequently has to hunt (which is slow and time consuming), especially in low light or low contrast situations. Honestly, I've found it easier just to focus manually; but I think that's more a reflection of me being too impatient to learn how to tell my T3i where I want it to focus (it's rather tedious to change zones) than anything else. I'm also not generally looking to capture the big action shot, so a fast autofocus is less critical to me. All in all, I've taken some amazing photos with this lens and am very pleased with it. Is it the greatest lens? No. Will I be upgrading it soon? Absolutely. But that's probably part of the idea behind most kit lens: give you something that's good--even very good--at many things but not the greatest at anything so that consumers are tempted into purchasing upgrades. Recommended as a kit lens (on the assumption you don't own any other lenses of higher quality), but not as a separate purchase (since Canon makes better quality lenses that are more tailored to your individual needs at prices comparable to this or that aren't all that much more).

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              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice Walk Around Lens

              By BT

              from VA

              Pros

              • Fast auto-focus
              • Super-sharp images

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon® EF-S 2042B002 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens For Canon® EOS SLR Cameras:

                  I got this w/ the T3i. I actually have no complaints about this lens at all. It delivers sharp images almost throughout. It is very versatile, and can shoot Macro shots, okay portraits, and ok zoom shots. I personally do alot of outdoor photography, and this does pretty good, but doesnt zoom enough for Birds, deer, etc without getting pretty close. But for Macro shots, I have been enjoying this lens alot and was suprised that it could do so well! I have already bought the 50mm 1.8 prime lens, which is perfect for portraits, and shows better colors and Bokeh in images. But my next purchase will be a better quality telephoto zoom lens to get a little more distance on my shots for further away subjects. Overall a Nice Walk-around/all-purpose lens. No complaints and love the IS!

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