Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS EF-S Review Round-Up


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Photo Review

A general-purpose lens with an extended zoom range for Canon’s DSLR camera bodies with ‘APS-C-sized’ image sensors. Designed to provide a wide zoom range in a compact and lightweight form factor, Canon’s EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS telephoto zoom lens can only be used with cameras that have ‘APS-C-sized’ image sensors. Supporting a zoom range of approximately 11 times, it covers a focal length equivalent to 29-320mm in 35mm format but weighs only 595 grams. Built-in image stabilisation provides approximately four f-stops of shutter speed advantage and the stabilisation system can detect when the camera is panned. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS EF-S Reviews

SLR Gear

To sum up, the Canon 18-200mm Æ’/3.5-5.6 IS offers slightly better performance than we’re accustomed to seeing with vacation lenses, with image stabilization thrown into a very portable form factor. Users who seek optical perfection shouldn’t flock to this lens, but when used stopped down by one or two stops, it’ll give fairly impressive results. On its own, it’s a decent lens, but users considering replacing a kit 18-55mm IS lens with this model should consider the 55-250mm IS if they’re not adverse to switching lenses, and have room for it in their bag. Between the two-lens combination There’s as much and more range covered, and the optical performance between the two lenses exceeds that of the 18-200mm IS. But if you absolutely can only bring one lens, then you won’t be let down by the 18-200mm Æ’/3.5-5.6 IS. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Photography Preview

The EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS is a lens which many Canon users have been waiting for with great anticipation … Wideangle performance is distinctly mediocre due to a combination of barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, and softness at wide apertures; and while the lens is respectably sharp at longer focal lengths, this is tempered by pincushion distortion around 50mm and chromatic aberration at 200mm. … it’s also important to appreciate the positives. First and foremost is that hugely flexible zoom range … The superb image stabilizer extends the capability of the lens still further, allowing you to keep the lens stopped down to optimum apertures for longer as light levels drop. So overall, this lens has to be accepted for what it is: a general purpose solution which allows the photographer not to worry about fiddling around changing lenses when out traveling, but which makes inevitable optical compromises to achieve this goal. READ FULL REVIEW

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