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  Canon standard zoom lenses
 
 

Standard zoom lenses offer a general-purpose range from wide angle to short telephoto, thereby giving you great day-to-day flexibility. The vast majority of standard zoom lenses in use are those kit models which are popularly bundled with many DSLRs, such as the Canon EF-S 18-55mm model. Mounted on a Canon APS-C body like the EOS 400D / XTi, this will deliver an effective range of 28-88mm, thereby covering typical landscape shots to basic portrait work.

You may already own a standard zoom, but it can often be worth replacing it for a superior model. After all, as the lens range you use the most, you’ll see the benefit on the most photos. Better quality standard zooms may offer superior optics, an extended focal range, tougher construction, quicker focusing, brighter apertures or image stabilisation to reduce camera-shake.

 

As always, bear in mind any reduction in field due to your DSLRs sensor when choosing a lens. Canon’s APS-C models like the EOS 400D / XTi and 40D have a reduction factor of 1.6x, which effectively multiply lens focal lengths by 1.6 times. So if you go for a 17-85mm lens, you’ll actually have an equivalent of 27-136mm.

Note: Canon ’s EF-S lenses are not compatible with full-frame DSLRs. For a full explanation of lens specifications and examples of coverage at different focal lengths, check out our Camera Labs Lens Buyers Guide.

   
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - review

     
Focal length: 15-85mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 24-136mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 35cm
Filter thread: 72mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-78E
Construction: 17 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 575g
Size (diam x length): 82x88mm



 
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM - review

     
Focal length: 17-55mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 27-88mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 35cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-83J
Construction: 19 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 645g
Size (diam x length): 84x110mm



 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM - review

     
Focal length: 17-85mm
Aperture: f4-5.6
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 27-136mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 35cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-73B
Construction: 17 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 475g
Size (diam x length): 79x92mm


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

   
Focal length: 18-55mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 29-88mm
Full-frame compatible: No
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: Micro Motor
Closest focus: 28cm
Filter thread: 58mm (rotating)
Lens hood: Optional EW-60C
  Construction: 11 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 190g
Size (diam x length): 69x66mm



Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM

   
Focal length: 18-55mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 29-88mm
Full-frame compatible: No
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
Closest focus: 28cm
Filter thread: 58mm (rotating)
Lens hood: Optional EW-60C
  Construction: 11 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 190g
Size (diam x length): 69x66mm
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

     
Focal length: 18-55mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 29-88mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: DC Motor
  Closest focus: 25cm
Filter thread: 58mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-60C
Construction: 11 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 200g
Size (diam x length): 69x70mm


 
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - review

     
Focal length: 18-135mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 29-216mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: Micro Motor
  Closest focus: 45cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-73B
Construction: 16 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 455g
Size (diam x length): 75x101mm


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

     
Focal length: 18-200mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 29-320mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: Micro Motor
  Closest focus: 45cm
Filter thread: 72mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-78D
Construction: 16 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 600g
Size (diam x length): 79x102mm

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

     
Focal length: 24-70mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 38- 112mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 38cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: EW-83F
Construction: 16 el. / 13 groups
Diaphragm blades: 8
Weight: 950g
Size (diam x length): 83x124mm

 
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

     
Focal length: 24-85mm
Aperture: f3.5-4.5
Lens mount: Canon EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 38- 136mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: USM
  Closest focus: 50cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: Optional EW-73II
Construction: 15 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 6
Weight: 380g
Size (diam x length): 73x70mm


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