So although this may be a deviation from the usual aviation-related posts, I’ve been seeing so much hate and praise for Canon’s 18-55mm kit lens that I thought I might as well share my own opinion.
As you may know, most Canon entry-level DSLR’s are sold in bundles with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM “kit , mainly the XXXD (or Rebel in the United States) models. Opinions on this lens are quite varied considering it’s only a simple budget-friendly piece of glass for those who are only starting out with photography. Most people hate it because of its unimpressive image quality, cheap plastic build, and crap aperture. I mean if you were to ask a pro-tog to describe the overall quality of this lens in one word, that word would either be cheap or crap.
At the same time however, this lens does have its strengths. The most obvious would have to be its image stabilization and STM motor. The image stabilization is great for people who are transitioning from smartphone cameras or point-and-shoots and aren’t so good at holding the camera steady. The STM motor is great for beginning video work and won’t scare people off thinking there’s a fly stuck in their camera when their hear the buzzing sound of a standard focus motor.
In the end, I don’t think we should complain about the kit lens as it is dirt cheap and more than enough for people who intend on using their new DSLR as a point-and-shoot (a sad waste of money). However, if you’re into photography and know what you’re doing (as in you don’t shoot on damn auto mode), then you’ll want to upgrade to a proper lens such as the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC or Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, which have significantly better image quality and much larger apertures. The Canon 18-55 kit lens is great for its price point, but its rudimentary specs. is not quite enough for serious photography.
Here’s an in-depth review on one of my favorite photography websites: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-18-55mm-f-3.5-5.6-IS-STM-Lens.aspx
If you for some reason feel particularly inclined to do so, you can buy it now on B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Cameras/N/0/Ntt/CA1855STM