Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II

Wednesday May 11 2011

Review

The new entry level Canon kit lens has been tested by DxOMark and the results are now available.
You will also find the complete measurements for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II and in conjunction with cameras such as: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 50D or the older Canon EOS 20D.

Brief report on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II measurements

It is rare that entry-level lenses achieve a high level of image quality and this is no exception.

  • The overall resolution is a bit low on the center and it worsens towards the field.
  • Lens distortion is high at 18mm; however it remains well controlled for other focal lengths.
  • Chromatic aberration is too high on the whole focal range.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II vs Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS

This lens is the new version of the older EF-S 18-55mm IS. A comparison between these models is available here : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II  vs Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS, it’s worth noting both lenses are mounted on a Canon EOS 7D.
The results on the two Canon stabilized lenses are very close and there are no relevant differences to report except for chromatic aberration, which is a bit less well controlled on the latest model.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II (with Canon EOS 7D)  vs Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (with Nikon D7000) (please, remember to select the right camera body on the drop-down menu).

It seems like we have a tie when comparing the Canon and Nikon offerings, even if chromatic aberration is a bit higher on the Canon side, the test results are pretty close, making it difficult to choose a winner.
Resolution on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II (with Canon EOS 7D) is a bit higher but not really significantly.
Other metrics are almost equal, the DxOMark global map indicates a slight advantage for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II (with Canon EOS 7D).