Featured User Review: Canon EF-S 18-200mm IS Zoom Lens

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

by Doug Almy (Intermediate)

Price Paid: $650.00 from Murphy’s Camera, Lou
Review Date: December 15, 2008
Used product for: 1 to 3 months

Overall Rating: 4 of 5
Value Rating: 4 of 5

I have always used Canon products. I bought this lens to replace my Canon 28-135 that I had used for 5 years. Even though the 18-200 does not have USM auto focus, this new lens seems to focus faster than the 28-135. The IS also seems to be stronger. It has worked very well in low light, such as photographing kittens under a Christmas tree and outside neon lighting. The front of the lens does not have the side to side “play” in it that the Canon 28-135 and the Canon 28-200 have. It feels and appears to be more solidly built then the those 2 lenses just mentioned.

I bought this lens on the first full day of a vacation without being able to read any reviews because the lens brand new. I bought it based on Canon’s reputation. Took several hundred pictures and have been very happy with the performance. With the wide zoom range I will not have to change lenses as often and that means less chance of getting dirt on the sensor.

The 18-200 will not work well for macro work if you have to point the lens down because the barrel will creep out if it is not already zoomed out to 200mm. If it did not have that problem, I would have rated the lens a”5″

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Started with Canon 35-135, then 28-200, 28-135, and now the 18-200. Also currently use the Canon 10-22 and the 100-400 and the Close up 500D diopter for macro work. I use Canon XTi and XSi camera bodies.

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