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

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This is the latest incarnation of Canon's 18-55mm image stabilised kit lens for EF-S compatible EOS cameras sporting their new STM stepping motor technology, which promises to provide smooth, silent autofocus, especially well-suited for shooting video. Although most people who end up owning this lens will pick it up as part of a kit, bundled with one of Canon's entry-level SLRs, it can also be purchased for around £200. In this review, we'll take a look at how it performs.
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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM ($249.99 direct)$249.00 at is the latest iteration of Canon's basic 18-55mm kit lens. Most folks will get one bundled with a new camera, like the EOS Rebel T5i, but some shooters may want to consider it as an upgrade to an existing lens, or to replace an older 18-55mm that was damaged or lost. It offers STM focusing, which the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II$199.99 at Sears does not, and its front element doesn't rotate when adjusting focus. It doesn't offer the zoom range of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM$379.99 at 42nd Street Photo, but it is smaller and lighter.
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Every now and then, it is time for a new "kit" lens in the Canon lens lineup. Normally this is nothing to get overly excited about since most of the "upgrades" are just on the cosmetical side. However, the latest update - the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM IS - is a little different since Canon came up with a completely new lens offering not only an updated optical design but also an improved construction as well as a new AF motor so it's worth to have a deeper look once more.
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