Canon 18-200mm IS Lens Review: Forget About It!

Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS  Lens

If you’re a serious photographer with very little tolerance for mediocrity, you’re going to pass for the new Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS all-around zoom lens.

It’s convenient for walking about, like when you don’t want to tote around too many huge lenses. Travelling, for instance, and taking casual pictures at the same time. But for quality images, you still have to carry along your trusty wide angle lens and your good old telephoto zoom lens.

The Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens, according to a review by DPReview.com, delivers poor sharpness across much of the frame at 18mm and wider apertures. There’s also pronounced barrel distortion at wide angle and pincushion distortion around 50mm. Chromatic aberration? That too, high levels of it at either end of the zoom range.

It’s very well-built, of course, as is expected of Canon lenses, and the IS is really excellent, giving you 3-4 stops leeway for taking that difficult shot in low-light or shaky conditions, but we’re talking image quality here and this new $700 Canon lens does not deliver an impeccable image.

[Via: DPReview.com]

Chris Malinao

About Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.

One thought on “Canon 18-200mm IS Lens Review: Forget About It!

  1. Ray Moses

    Ever actually shoot with a Canon 18-200? If you had, you’d know that either dpreview got a bad copy or they don’t know what they’re doing.

    The lens is sharp across the frame one stop down from max and sharp enough wide open. At all focal lengths. Major issue is distortion, barrel at 18 mm and pincushion around 50 or so, both easily dealt with in post. Some local contrast enhancement results in nice images. Would I use it in the studio? Probably not as I have a 5D and L glass. But for traveling light, with an XSi/450D, it’s just the ticket.

    I tried two copies of the Sigma 18-200 and they were both disastrously soft except in the very center in the middle focal lengths, even stopped down to f8-11. The Canon is a far superior lens.


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