Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM review

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM boasts some major advantages over the previous edition of this popular kit lens

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This lens is often bundled with Canon’s entry-level APS-C format DSLRs as part of a complete kit but is a good-value purchase in its own right. Upgrades over the older IS II kit lens include a far superior autofocus system, which is quick and virtually silent. Handling is also improved. It’s compact and lightweight yet gives pleasing overall performance, making it good value at the price.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Stepping motor autofocus system

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    4-stop image stabilizer


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    Plastic mounting plate

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    Sharpness could be better

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    EW-63C hood sold separately

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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is a relatively new and improved ‘kit lens’ for Canon APS-C format DSLRs, taking over from the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II. At the time of posting this review, both are still available for purchase as standalone lenses in their own right. The newer IS STM lens is a little more expensive but very much worth the extra outlay.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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