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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:15 pm 
hey does anyone have any experience with the canon 18-55 IS lens from canon??? is it an okay lens??

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:35 pm 
I'm not entirely sure about this one but I think it's of similar quality to the non-IS version. Designed as a budget kit lens to get you started.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:06 pm 
okay thanks

i'm getting a 40d with a 17-85 IS lens and i was just wondering how the 18-55 was

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:18 pm 
Here are the specs for the 18-55 ... sp?specs=1

and the specs for the 17-85 ... sp?specs=1

Think they speak for themselves

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:41 pm 
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In addition to Roy's links if you want to get really down and dirty with lens construction and MTF charts and much much more check out these pages from the Canon website:

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM Technical Report

EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Technical Report


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:33 am 
Hi, I'm a long time listener, first time caller ^^ ... /index.htm

Interestingly, from this (rather elaborate, technical) test, the new 18-55 IS seems to be hugely impressive. Although it retains the cheap build and construction, and also the slow aperture range, it does add an effective 3 stop IS, and image quality (corner sharpness, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, fringing) surpassing the 17-85 and even coming close to the (hugely expensive) 17-55!

Even considering the possibility of this being an exceptional sample of the lens, the new kit lens seems to be the ultimate budget king for the 400D/40D crowd.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:31 pm 
I’ve been just reading around the net about new kit lens and although I tend to buy 17-40L or 17-85 IS, now with this new 18-55 IS there is no doubt. Next month I going to Austria/Graz and I’ll get one of these 18-55 IS. Picture quality is just amazing comparing to non-IS version and when U combine this with price of 178E (498E for 17-85 or 735E for 17-40L) that’s the winner. I know that build quality isn’t much better than non-IS version but that’s fine with me!


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