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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens Test Photos & Review

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens is the basic lens that comes in the Canon EOS Rebel XTi 400D kit. There is currently no way to buy it new (there are the 18-55mm USM and the 18-55mm IS lenses that are available) -- but you can get it used and for a decent price on eBay.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens Image

The EF-S II 18-55mm lens is meant to be a beginner / novice lense, as the majority of the construction and the mount are plastic and there is not a sizable hold for manual focus, unless you add a lens hood. The good thing about the plastic design is that it does make the lens much lighter than metal construction. That makes it the perfect first camera lens for my me with my first DSLR camera.

Today while waiting for the Super Bowl I went and took a few more pictures with the camera. This time it was of Boney Peak -- also known as Mount Boney here in Newbury Park in the Point Mugu State Park. Approximate distance from the peak was four miles. I had some fun give that I was not using a camera tripod and there were some wind gusts up to 40mph as I caught a break between rain showers.

For the shooting -- I took some photos at 18mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 55mm -- the preset or notated focal lengths on the EF-S II 18-55mm lens. It is also important to remember that on the Rebel XTi and with the EF-S lens series there is a multiplier of 1.6 versus their standard full-frame lens. They were all taken in the fully automatic mode.

Below are the photos that I took in the order from 18mm to 55mm in which they were shot. Note that all pictures were shot in L size (10.1 megapixel, ~4MB), and no post processing was done to clean them up -- which is needed in this case. The full size pictures are reduced to 1600x1067 thanks to Google's Picasas while the 400x400 crops are at 100% maginification.

You can view full images by clicking on the image, the full size will open in a new browser window.

1. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 18mm focal length / 18mm / 3648 x 2736 / 4.00 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 18mm focal length / 18mm / 3648 x 2736 / 4.00 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second

2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 18mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 18mm / 3648 x 2736 / 4.00 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 18mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 18mm / 3648 x 2736 / 4.00 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second

3. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 24mm focal length / 24mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.67 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 24mm focal length / 24mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.67 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second

4. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 24mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 24mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.67 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 24mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 24mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.67 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/400 second

5. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 35mm focal length / 35mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.52 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/14 / Exposure time 1/250 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 35mm focal length / 35mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.52 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/14 / Exposure time 1/250 second

6. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 35mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 35mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.52 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/14 / Exposure time 1/250 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 35mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 35mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.52 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/14 / Exposure time 1/250 second

7. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length / 55mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.13 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/320 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length / 55mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.13 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/320 second

8. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 55mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.13 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/320 second
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens @ Full Automatic 55mm focal length cropped to 400x400 / 55mm / 3648 x 2736 / 3.13 MB / ISO-400 / F-stop f/13 / Exposure time 1/320 second

What do you think about the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens?

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