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

Updated: 26 July, 2019 seen 619

At the end of July, I finally got replacement lens for original Canon Rebel T5 (Canon 1200D) DSLR camera - I ordered online from Amazon Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens.

For the original kit lens, the autofocus stopped working properly and for the most time I had to shoot in manual mode, it's perfectly fine for me, but I admit having working autofocus is really neat, it can help a lot (for example in bright sunlight).

I was inching between 18-55mm zoom lens and 24mm pancake lens, but after all, I went tor the 18-55mm (as I have been shooting with it for the last 4 years)

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Designed for high-quality still image and video capture while being compact and lightweight, the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens features the optics, AF and image stabilization necessary for shooting in any number of situations.

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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

In total, I paid ~ $79 for this STM zoom lens, which is a fair price. The STM is quiet and will work for video shooting excellent.

When you see a Canon lens with STM in the name, it means that it features Canon’s Stepper Motor technology. Canon introduced this motor design to be a quieter and smoother focus system that allows for near-silent focusing during video recording. When Canon’s lenses were first designed many years ago, DSLRs could not shoot video so there was no need for them to be extremely quiet. These days, not only do Canon’s DSLRs and mirrorless cameras shoot video, but they also have the Cinema EOS line of movie cameras which also use the same EF Mount lenses.

Capturing details with Canon EF-S 18-15mm lens

Capturing details with Canon EF-S 18-15mm lens

For brilliant image quality, it has one high-precision aspheric lens to reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range. It features optimized lens coatings to ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare and a 7-blade circular aperture to ensure beautiful, soft backgrounds. For outstanding performance, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens perfectly complements the Movie Servo AF feature found on select EOS Cameras with a compact six-group zoom system and a new stepping motor and focus mechanism to deliver smooth and quiet continuous AF during movie shooting. Still photography benefits from a high-speed CPU and an optimized AF algorithm.

Full-time manual focus is available in AF mode and the front element does not rotate during focus, perfect for use with polarizing filters. Handheld photography is enhanced by the lens' Optical Image Stabilizer system, offering the equivalent of four stops of compensation. Compact and highly versatile, it is the ideal lens to carry anywhere.

Landscape photography at 55mm

Landscape photography at 55mm


  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 18–55mm 1:3.5–5.6
  • Lens Construction: 13 elements in 11 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 74°20' – 27°50'
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.82 ft. / 0.25m
  • Filter Size: 58mm
  • Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 2.7 x 3.0 inches, approx. 7.2 oz. / 69.0 x 75.2mm, approx. 205g
The Bottom Line

A decent budget lens for crop sensor Canon DSRL cameras. I hope this lens will serve for years to come.

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