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

Last updated (20 January’13):
– Review by Popphoto

The Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS features 18-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 74° 20′. Focus adjustment: Gear-driven by DC monitor, Closest focusing distance at 1.48 ft./0.45m and has a filter size of 72mm. The Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens weighs 20.99 oz./595g and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 6.4 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

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

Popphoto reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“In the past two years, the 11X IS superzoom has become the ideal general-purpose lens — certainly for shooters whose cameras don’t have on-board shake reduction. This Canon fits the mold. Very light and compact, it’s a gracious and adaptable traveling companion. Impressively sharp, it’s also an obvious choice for hand-held low-light pictures, including event and theater work.”
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PDNGearGuide reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“At 18mm, I am getting a very good percentage of sharp images at .6 sec. and still getting sharp shots with exposures as long as 1 second. At 200mm, I am getting solid results at 1/20 sec. with some even longer exposures resulting in sharp images. Auto-panning is featured (no switch required) – IS operation is barely audible. I’m impressed.”
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SLRGear reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“the Canon 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS offers slightly better performance than we’re accustomed to seeing with vacation lenses, with image stabilization thrown into a very portable form factor. Users who seek optical perfection shouldn’t flock to this lens, but when used stopped down by one or two stops, it’ll give fairly impressive results.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“The Canon 18-200mm IS is a sharp lens with a huge zoom range, super-fast AF and very close macro focusing It has a healthy dose of distortion at some settings as expected, but its only real downfall are the primitive AF mechanics.”
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“Backlit shots showed neither flare nor ghosting and contrast remained relatively high when the sun was just outside the imaging field. Bokeh was generally pleasing..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Amateurphotographer reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“Performance This lens offers a sharp, well-defined image with high contrast. As often happens with high-contrast lenses, there is a minor tail-off in definition at the highest resolution figures. Central image quality at full aperture is high across the zoom range with good gradation of tones and hues..”
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Cameralabs reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“in terms of optical resolution, while the EF-S 18-200mm IS has sufficient resolving power for 8, 10 and 12 Megapixel DSLRs, it begins to struggle with higher resolution models like the 15.1 Megapixel EOS 50D. The bottom line is if you want to enjoy the maximum resolution of the 50D, you’ll need to fit it with a higher quality lens.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photozone reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“The center performance is great but the border quality is soft based on a 15mp sensor – the potential is roughly sufficient for 6mp here. The situation improves significantly (good borders) at 24mm. At 50mm the resolution is on a very good level even at max. aperture..”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and writes;
“Flare is well-controlled overall, but shows up stronger at the longer end of the focal length range (where the lens hood is less effective). Here is a Canon-Mount Super Zoom Lens Flare Comparison that shows the EF-S 18-200 to be best-in-class in this regard. Color and contrast seem fine…”
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Features & Specifications

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

Compact, lightweight and a wide magnification range – this standard zoom lens features a wide focal length range from normal to telephoto equivalent to 29-320mm in the 35mm format. It features an Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 4-stops of effective correction even at full zoom. Since Canon’s optical image stabilization system is in the lens, not in the camera, you can see the stabilized, steadier images through the viewfinder. And the circular aperture can give beautiful background blur effects. This new wide zoom ratio EF-S lens delivers excellent high-speed performance at an affordable price.

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Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
Lens Construction :16 elements in 12 groups, including UD-glass and aspherical lenses
Diagonal Angle of View: 74° 20′ – 7° 50′ (with APS-C image sensors)
Focus Adjustment: Gear-driven by DC monitor
Closest Focusing Distance: 1.48 ft./0.45m (maximum close-up magnification 0.24x)
Zoom System: 5-groups helical zoom (rotational angle 80°)
Filter Size: 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.1 in. x 6.40 in./78.6 x 162.5mm (maximum lens length)
Weight: 20.99 oz./595g

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