Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens has been announced and this review page, currently featuring expectations, will be updated once the lens is in our hands.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens is the 6th Canon APS-C kit lens having this same focal length range (not counting the EF-M variant and a III version available in a limited number of countries). Out of these 6 lenses, only 2 have featured a version number in their names, meaning that there was an acronym or feature change referenced in the name, keeping it unique. Until this lens was announced, name-included changes were the addition of image stabilization (IS) and the immediate predecessor lens received the "STM" designation, indicating that it featured Canon's Stepping Motor-driven AF. Even though this is the 6th such lens, a version number is once again lacking.

Though at first glance, this lens appears to have the same name as its predecessor, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. But, look closely and you will see the widest angle max aperture has increased by 1/3 of a stop to f/4.

While a narrower max aperture is seldom welcomed from a brightness perspective, one benefit of a narrow max aperture is smaller size and this lens brings that. The predecessor is a small lens, having a 2.96" (75.2mm) length spec. The f/4-5.6's length spec is only 2.43" (61.8mm) for an 18%, .53" (13.4mm) reduction.

Most of the other key differences between the 18-55 IS II and the 18-55mm IS STM Lens have been retained in the f/4 version, including:

  • STM (Stepping Motor) AF (vs. Micro Motor)
  • Continuous AF during video recording with compatible cameras (those with Hybrid CMOS AF)
  • Vastly improved manual focus ring
  • Front element does not rotate and does not extend with focusing
  • Full time manual focusing supported during shutter release half-press
  • Shorter minimum focus distance (9.8" vs. 11", 250mm vs. 280mm) and maximum magnification (0.36x vs. 0.28x) specs
  • 7 rounded aperture blades (vs. 6 rounded)

Kit lenses included with APS-C format DSLRs (such as the Rebel Series and 70D/80D DSLRs) typically represent a good value, meaning you get a useful lens for a low price. To be useful for a large percentage of camera-with-kit-lens buyers, the focal length range must fit general purpose needs. To keep the value part of the equation, the price must be low. People typically buy DSLR cameras because of the image quality they deliver and Canon has indicated that the new lens will have image quality similar to the previous version, which is ... reasonable. As with the 5 similar kit lenses that came before it, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens promises to be a good value.

While some of the EF-S 18-55mm lens iterations appeared to be mostly cosmetic, the "STM" version of this lens came with some definite advantages over its predecessor, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, which continues to be available at review time.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Front

Focal Length Range

As everyone would expect from a kit lens, this lens is designed for everyone's most-common focal length needs. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens' focal length range falls squarely in the recommended general purpose zoom lens focal length range for ASP-C/1.6x FOVCF sensor format DSLRs including the Rebel series, **D, ***D, ****D and 7-series models (this lens is not compatible with full frame DSLRS as its image circle is not large enough to cover these sensors).

An 18mm focal length acts like a 28.8mm angle of view on a full frame DSLR camera. This is a moderately wide angle of view that is common with EF-S zoom lenses, but 18mm may leave you wishing for modestly wider on occasion, especially when photographing wide landscapes, interiors and architecture.

The 55mm end frames like 88mm on a full frame camera. This is a nice angle of view that encompasses portraiture, though you might want to save the headshots for a longer telephoto lens. Portraits taken from a close distance will start to show a bit of perspective distortion (including big noses) and are best avoided.

Here is an example of the 18-55mm focal length range.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Focal Length Range Example

Note that these images were captured with the predecessor lens, though the same images from the new lens would look ... the same.

Really, this focal length range finds usefulness practically anywhere, from in the house to at the park, from in the city to in the wilderness. It is used to capture life as it happens.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D with EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lenses Compared

Max Aperture

The f/4-5.6 in the product name specifies how wide the lens aperture is able to open. Because aperture is measured as a ratio of lens opening to focal length and because this lens' maximum opening does not increase enough with focal length increase to maintain the same ratio, the max aperture is a variable one, ranging from f/4 to f/6.3 as the focal length range is traversed.

As always, the lower the aperture number, the more light the lens will allow to reach the sensor. Each "stop" in aperture change (examples: f/2.8, f/4.0, f/5.6, f/8, f/11) increases or reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor by a factor of 2x (a big deal). Allowing more light to reach the sensor permits freezing action, handholding the camera in lower light levels and/or use of a lower (less noisy) ISO setting. In addition to allowing more light to reach the sensor, increasing the opening permits a stronger, better subject-isolating background blur (at equivalent focal lengths). Also, lenses with an opening wider than a specific aperture (usually f/2.8) enable the higher precision AF capabilities (most often the center AF point) in some cameras and present a brighter viewfinder image.

This is one of the narrowest-aperture lenses available in this focal length range. While narrower is never better from a low light perspective, narrower apertures have some very nice advantages. Because the size of the lens elements can be reduced significantly, narrower aperture lenses can be lighter in weight and lower in cost. Those are two factors that we all can appreciate and they are especially desirable in a kit lens.

The variable max aperture has the same two advantages, compounding the benefit. A downside to the variable max aperture is that, by definition, the same max aperture cannot be used over the entire focal length selected. Your camera will automatically account for the change in auto exposure modes, but those making use of the widest-available aperture in manual exposure mode encounter a slight complication.

Again, this lens has a relatively very narrow aperture at the widest focal length and by 55mm, it has the narrowest max aperture found with any frequency in any 55mm lens.

This is not an ideal lens for stopping low light action. When the sun goes down, action sports photographers using this lens (or similar models) will be reaching for very high ISO settings to keep images bright enough with the short shutter speeds needed to freeze their subjects' motion. This lens is not a good choice for indoor sports or other similar subjects. This lens will not provide the brightest viewfinder image possible.

Here is a table comparing the max aperture step down focal lengths with some other Canon alternative lenses (the 18-55 f/4-5.6 table values will be added when the lens arrives).

Modelf/2.8f/3.2f/3.5f/4.0f/4.5f/5.0f/5.6
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens  15mm18mm27mm38mm61mm
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS Lens17mm      
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens   17mm26mm38mm47mm
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens  18mm24mm32mm37mm47mm
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens  18mm24mm29mm39mm47mm
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens  18mm24mm28mm39mm47mm
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens   18mm??mm??mm??mm
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens18mm24mm35mm50mm76mm
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens  18mm24mm35mm50mm76mm 
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens  18mm22mm31mm41mm64mm
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens  18mm24mm40mm50mm90mm
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens24mm28mm42mm50mm67mm

If your lens is missing from this list, head over to the full Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens using the site's Lens Spec Comparison Tool that enables far more comparisons.

Obviously, the f/3.5-5.6 predecessor lens will have a 1/3 stop advantage until 24mm as the 18-55 f/4-5.6 does not have f/3.5.

On many cameras, the sharpness-reducing effects of diffraction kick in with some strength at f/11 through f/16 (depending on the DSLR being used), so there is a somewhat narrow range of sharp apertures remaining for use. Fortunately, those remaining apertures are quite useful and I find myself using the wide open apertures most frequently on telephoto lenses.

One of the advantages of using DSLR cameras is the subject-isolating background blur they can create. The larger imaging sensor is a key in this effect, and while not the largest sensors out there, the APS-C sensors the EF-S lenses are designed for are much larger than most other camera types. apertures work in conjunction with Larger sensors require longer focal lengths for similarly-framed subjects compared to smaller sensors and the longer focal lengths increase the magnification of the image background. Wider apertures work in conjunction with longer focal lengths to create a shallower depth of field (DOF) and with the out of focus area being enlarged courtesy of the longer focal length, a stronger blur results.

Basically, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens is not going to win many competitions over other similar lenses in regards to background blur strength, but will be able to create a respectable amount background blur with a close subject, distant background and 55mm selected.

Image Stabilization

Advances in DSLR low light performance (reduced high ISO noise), make even slow (narrow aperture) lenses more useful and, image stabilization comes to the rescue for motionless-subject photography. Image stabilization has (practically) become a standard zoom lens feature these days and it is extremely valuable to me. In-lens IS will allow a camera to be handheld at very long exposure settings and provides a stabilized viewfinder image that aids in subject framing. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens, like its predecessor, features a 4-stop-rated IS system.

With each stop being a 2x change in the amount of light reaching the sensor, 4 stops of assistance means that you can shoot in 1/16th as much light as without IS (1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2). That difference is huge. Image stabilization does not stop subject motion, but it makes a remarkable difference in still subject photography.

Image stabilization has matured significantly over the years. I expect this lens’ IS implementation to be similar to its predecessor (a positive thing). This IS implementation should be similar to that in its predecessor. That system is virtually silent (will not be heard in sound recorded in-camera during video capture) and does not cause image framing to jump around.

On the predecessor, testing showed that, at 18mm, most of my 1/4 sec images were sharp and a significant percentage of my .3 sec images were also sharp for about 3 2/3-stops of assistance for me. The rate of sharp images slowly dropped until about 1 second where my sharpness rate reached 0%. At 55mm, most of my 1/8 sec images were sharp and a significant percentage of my 1/6 sec images were also sharp for just under 4 stops of assistance. The rate of sharp images trails off through about .3 sec. Don't expect sharp images at these long exposure times under less-than-ideal conditions, but expect the amount of assistance to be analogous. The results from the f/4-5.6 should be similar, but ... that hypothesis will be tested.

Image Quality

You are buying a DSLR camera to get great images. And great image quality is a significantly important part of great images. Canon set the expectations for EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens image quality to be similar to EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens image quality, even though the optical formula is slightly different for these lenses (12/10 elements/groups vs. 11/9). Here is what we learned from the EF-S f/3.5-f/5.6 STM lens:

With a wide open aperture, vignetting (peripheral shading) ranges from about 1.5 stops in 18mm frame corners down to a barely-noticeable about-.8 stops in 55mm frame corners. You will get less vignetting from full-frame-compatible EF lenses on an APS-C format camera, but these results are not bad. Stopping down (selecting a narrower aperture), as usual, reduces vignetting.

The 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM shows a considerable amount of CA (Chromatic Aberration) until the long end of the focal length range. A good way to visualize this is to view the 18-55mm STM Lens image quality results for 18mm. The test chart is only black and white. The colors you see are the different wavelengths of light being refracted by different amounts. Because software can (often) nicely clear up CA, it is my favorite lens defect (if I have to pick one).

With a wide open aperture, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is reasonably sharp from 18mm through the mid focal lengths. Stopping down a stop or two (narrower aperture) makes little difference in image sharpness in this range. At 55mm, where the CA resolves, you will better appreciate the mediocre image sharpness at f/8 than what a wide open f/5.6 aperture will provide. Stopping down beyond f/8 will result in softer images from most recent DSLR models due to diffraction.

The IS II lens is slightly sharper at 55mm, but the IS STM has some minor advantages in wider focal length comparisons. Neither is going to be renowned for sharpness.

The first 18-55 IS STM lens showed some flare. While the flare pattern should be different from the IS II, which lens will be better in this regard will likely be a matter of opinion.

The first 18-55 IS STM lens has relatively strong barrel distortion at 18mm. This distortion is noticeable in images with straight lines near the borders – such as in the photo shown below.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens 18mm Barrel Distortion

The big issue with barrel distortion (or pincushion distortion) is that straight lines are rendered as curves. Relative subject sizes are also distorted with center-of-the-frame subjects becoming larger.

Distortion also makes the original capture more difficult as it is hard to level a curved subject in the frame. The results of distortion are usually correctable with software, but this is a destructive process to pixel-level details.

The first 18-55 IS STM holds its barrel distortion to a longer focal length than the IS II. The crossover/neutral distortion focal length is around 35mm. By 55mm, a mild amount of pincushion distortion is visible.

The 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens received a nice upgrade in the bokeh (background blur quality) department. With an extra curved aperture blade (now 7), OOF (Out of Focus) points of light remain circular-shaped and relatively smooth even with a stopped down aperture (where the number of blades and blade shape affect the results the most). The 18-55mm IS II's aperture blades are curved, but I could clearly see 6 blade edges in OOF highlights in some stopped-down-aperture images. Because lenses such as these do not create a strongly blurred background unless shooting at minimum focus distance at 55mm, few will significantly care about this improvement.

Focusing

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens' improved focus system was worth every penny of the increased street price over the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II when it first hit the streets. The f/4-5.6 variant has the same system, so it is worth looking at some of these improvements.

To begin with, the first 18-55mm STM focuses quickly and very quietly. So quietly that you need to put your ear next to the lens in a quiet room to hear the click sounds autofocusing makes while, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the IS II AF was very audible.

An additional improvement the first 18-55mm STM lens brought with it – a trait now shared by the f/4-5.6 lens – is internal focusing. The STM version eliminated the extending and rotating front element all previous EF-S 18-55mm lenses had. The lack of extension is very nice and the fixed front filter threads were a huge improvement – especially for circular polarizer filter use. These filters are rotated to dial in just the right amount of effect and when focusing turns the front filter threads, that effect can be adjusted to something less than optimal.

Yet another improvement delivered by the first 18-55mm STM was that the lens hood could be installed without the lens barrel extension turning the focus motor gears to one extent or the other before enough resistance for the hood to turn into (or out of) place was gained. Hoods on the STM lens versions install normally as with most other quality lenses.

With a generally deep DOF (Depth of Field), the 18-55 f/4-5.6 STM's AF system should not be overly challenged to focus accurately. But, all of the Canon STM lenses I've used to date focus very accurately and with decent speed.

STM utilizes a focus-by-wire or electrical manual focus design (vs. a direct gear-driven system). The manual focus ring electronically controls the focus of the lens. FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is supported in AF mode with the camera in One Shot Drive Mode, but the shutter release must be half-pressed for the focus ring to become active. Note that FTM does not work if electronic manual focusing is disabled in the camera's menu (if this option is present). The lens' switch must be in the "MF" position and the camera meter must be on/awake for conventional manual focusing to be available.

With electronics driving AF, the rate of focus change caused by the focus ring can be electronically controlled and it can be variable, based on rotation speed. That was the case with the 18-135 IS USM and I will not be surprised to see the same again in the 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.

Based on other STM implementations (including in the predecessor lens), I am going to predict that: With the camera powered off, this lens will be dramatically far from being parfocal - the scene will go from in sharp focus to very strongly blurred and back into focus by changing focal length from 18mm to 55mm. However, when the camera is powered on and awake, the lens will make an attempt to be parfocal and will in fact be very close to completely successful at this task. Movie Servo and AI Servo AF modes will automatically compensate for change in focus during zoom, but otherwise, it is usually a good idea to refocus after a focal length change.

Cameras featuring Hybrid or Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF make video recording very easy and the STM lenses are very well-suited for this task. Their smooth focusing makes focus distance transitions easy on the viewer's eyes and the sound of the lens focusing is not picked up by the camera's mic. Even the STM lens' aperture changes are quiet and smooth.

Instead of a slim, raised, knurled area molded onto the end of the wobbly extending lens barrel as found on the IS II, the first 18-55 STM was fitted with a real manual focus ring and the f/4-5.6 gets the same. The focus ring remains small, but it will be incredibly more useful than the IS II. Certain is that no longer will the image framing change greatly while manually focusing the lens and focus adjustments will be able to be precisely made.

This is a kit lens designed with economy priorities and focus distance indications, such as in a window, have been omitted.

The EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens had a very nice MM (Maximum Magnification) spec of 0.34x, the first 18-55mm IS STM took a tiny step forward with a 0.36x spec, one of the best-available MM specs for non-macro-specific lenses. While the f/4-5.6 matches the previous STM in both MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) and maximum focal length, it has received a much lower 0.25x MM spec. Unless there are errors in one or two of the specs, the only conclusion I can draw is that the 18-55 f/4-5.6 is breathing some focal length at close distances, becoming a somewhat wider angle lens.

ModelMFDMM
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens13.8"(350mm)0.21x
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens13.8"(350mm)0.16x
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens11.8"(300mm)0.20x
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens9.8"(250mm)0.25x
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens9.8"(250mm)0.36x
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens9.8"(250mm)0.34x
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens9.8"(250mm)0.34x
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens11.0"(280mm)x
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens11.0"(280mm)x
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens15.4"(390mm)0.28x
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens15.4"(390mm)0.28x
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens19.3"(490mm)0.21x
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens17.7"(450mm)0.24x
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens15.7"(400mm)0.30x

The 0.25x is still a respectable maximum magnification spec and this lens will work well for images of relatively small items including larger flowers and products in a wide range of sizes.

Magnification from wide angle through standard/normal focal length lenses is generally significantly increased with the use of extension tubes which are basically as their name implies, hollow tubes (with electronic connections) that shift a lens farther from the camera. Doing so allows the lens to focus at closer distances, though at the expense of long distance focusing. With the EF-S 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM lens, the magnification range with the Canon EF 12mm Extension Tube II increases to 0.55-0.23x and to 0.91-0.51x with the Canon EF 25mm Extension Tube II. Note that extension tubes are not compatible at wide angles on this lens.

No current-at-review-time Canon EF-S Lenses are compatible with Canon extenders. These extenders are physically unable to mount behind the EF-S lenses.

Build Quality & Features

When you buy one of the cheapest zoom lenses available, there are sacrifices being made in the lens design to make that low price possible. Build quality is one area where a sacrifice is frequently made.

I expect the second 18-55 STM to be built similarly to the first 18-55 STM. That lens has a reasonable feel to it. One construction detail easily noticeable in the new lens’ product photos is the plastic lens mount (vs. metal).

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Side View

The zoom ring appears to be nicely-sized (though shorter than the previous 18-55mm STM lens' ring) and it should be reasonably smooth.

It is hard to find complaint in the size and weight of this lens. Few lenses are smaller or lighter, and as mentioned, smaller is one of the benefits this lens brings over the previous EF-S 18-55 STM. You can carry this lens indefinitely without fatigue.

ModelWeightDimensions w/o HoodFilterYear 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens13.6 oz(385g)3.3 x 3.5"(84 x 90mm)77mm2004
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens20.3 oz(575g)3.2 x 3.4"(81.6 x 87.5mm)72mm2009
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens16.8 oz(475g)3.3 x 3.8"(84 x 97mm)77mm2003
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens22.8 oz(645g)3.3 x 4.4"(83.5 x 110.6mm)77mm2006
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens16.8 oz(475g)3.1 x 3.6"(79 x 92mm)67mm2004
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens7.6 oz(215g)2.6 x 2.4"(66.5 x 61.8mm)58mm2017
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens7.2 oz(205g)2.7 x 3"(69 x 75.2mm)58mm2013
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens7.1 oz(200g)2.7 x 3.3"(68.5 x 84.5mm)58mm2011
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens7.1 oz(200g)2.7 x 2.8"(68.5 x 70mm)58mm2007
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens6.7 oz(190g)2.7 x 2.6"(69 x 66mm)58mm2006
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens6.7 oz(190g)2.7 x 2.6"(69 x 66mm)58mm2004
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens16.9 oz(480g)3 x 3.8"(76.6 x 96mm)67mm2012
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens16.1 oz(455g)3 x 4"(75.4 x 101mm)67mm2009
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens21.0 oz(595g)3.1 x 4"(78.6 x 102mm)72mm2008
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens18.5 oz(525g)3.3 x 4.1"(83.4 x 104mm)77mm2014

For many more comparisons, review the complete Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Specifications using the site's Lens Spec tool.

The 18-5 f/4-5.6 STM Lens, like all of the previous EF-S 18-55mm lenses, utilizes 58mm filters. This filter size is relatively small, popular and inexpensive. While I sometimes recommend using UV and clear lens protection filter, I rarely recommend low quality filters. In this case, the cost of the quality filter to cost of the lens ratio is high enough for me to give pause to the recommendation. However, a quality circular polarizer filter is worth adding to any lens (unless your photography never makes use of such).

Canon does not include a case in the box with this lens, but they specify the Canon Lens Case LP1016 as being an optional accessory. The LP1016 is a suede-like, draw-string pouch that offers light protection aside from the more-thickly-padded bottom. I suggest considering one of Lowepro's Lens Cases if such a case is desired. They are of good quality and reasonably priced.

Price and Value

As I mentioned in the beginning of the review, this lens, especially when included in a DSLR kit, is all about value. Its purpose is to provide as much functionality as possible for the cheap price. While I fully expect to see it succeed in this regard, I doubt you will see many not-severely-budget-limited serious photographers using it.

As also mentioned earlier, but just to avoid mistakes, this lens is not compatible with full frame cameras. EF-S lenses will only mount on Canon EOS APS-C cameras such as the EOS Rebel series / EOS ***D models (such as the Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D this lens shared a press release with), EOS 1***D models (such as the 1300D), EOS **D models (such as the 80D, 77D, etc.), EOS 7-Series model and EOS M models when an adapter is utilized.

The review lens will be obtained retail/online.

Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lenses Compared

Alternatives to the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

While I expect this lens to be the best or nearly the best EF-S 18-55mm STM Lens made available to date, I do not expect it to be the best lens in a variety of regards. It may be the lightest and the smallest of similar zooms. It's IS and STM features will be desirable assets. But, I suggest consideration be given to the lenses listed in the general purpose lens recommendations.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Right Side

Summary

Need a lens for your kids? The 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM is a great option for them for a couple of reasons. One is that the small size makes this lens ideal for kid-sized hands and the light weight keeps photography fun for them – and fun for longer periods of time. Another is that you do not need to worry about them damaging your more-valuable lens(es).

If your wallet is light or you need to keep your DSLR light, this lens might be a good choice. Understand that you are getting a low end starter lens with expected reasonable performance. If this lens gains you entrance into the incredible world of Canon EOS DSLR cameras and the incredible image quality they deliver, this lens is worth starting with. You can upgrade to a better lens later.

The savings of buying this lens in the kit vs. standalone are quite good – consider upgrading your DSLR if buying this lens.

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