Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Shots

Ok, finally here're some sample shots taken with the EOS 350D (converted RAW files via RSE).

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 55.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/250s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/160s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 1600
Focal Length 44.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/640s
Size 3472x2312
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 1600
Focal Length 31.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 1/3200s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/160s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 27.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/160s
Size 2312x3472

Verdict

In lens land there's no such thing as a free lunch and the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II is an example for that. Under controlled conditions (stopping down two stops at 18mm) the lens can provide very decent results - certainly more than enough for casual users who are the target group anyway. However, technically the resolution is mediocre all-in-all and at 18mm @ f/3.5 it's downright poor. Distortions and vignetting are very high at the wide-end but no big issue at the tele end. The construction quality is soso at best. In its price range there're few alternatives in Canon EOS mount and they probably aren't better either. However, serious users looking for a good quality lens should save a little longer and look elsewhere.

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