It’s all about range: 18 to 200 mm is an incredible focal range, giving photographers the ability to get very wide and very tight, without ever having to switch lenses. For many Canon shooters (especially travelers) this is the only lens in the kit – especially since it weighs just 21 ounces – incredibly light considering the amount of glass necessary for that kind of range.
Once you buy this lens, take Steve’s advice and use it! Pay attention to which focal lengths you tend to favor, and you’ll learn more about yourself as a photographer. If you find that most of your favorite shots are taken with at a 50mm focal range, consider putting a few bills down for a prime lens – you’ll get at least five extra stops of aperture, which will give you an entirely different experience at night.
*Note this lens is an EF-S lens, which means it is made specifically for 1.6X cropped sensor cameras (e.g. the T3, T2i, T3i, 60D and 7D) and cannot be mounted on cameras with larger sensors (like the 5D and 1D series).*
From Canon USA:
Compact, lightweight and a wide magnification range – this standard zoom lens features a wide focal length range from normal to telephoto equivalent to 29-320mm in the 35mm format. It features an Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 4-stops of effective correction even at full zoom. Since Canon’s optical image stabilization system is in the lens, not in the camera, you can see the stabilized, steadier images through the viewfinder. And the circular aperture can give beautiful background blur effects. This new wide zoom ratio EF-S lens delivers excellent high-speed performance at an affordable price.
|Focal Length & Maximum Aperture||18-200mm f/3.5-5.6|
|Lens Construction||16 elements in 12 groups, including UD-glass and aspherical lenses|
|Diagonal Angle of View||74° 20′ – 7° 50′ (with APS-C image sensors)|
|Focus Adjustment||Gear-driven by DC monitor|
|Closest Focusing Distance||1.48 ft./0.45m (maximum close-up magnification 0.24x)|
|Zoom System||5-groups helical zoom (rotational angle 80°)|
|Max. Diameter x Length, Weight||3.1 in. x 6.40 in./78.6 x 162.5mm (maximum lens length)
Weight: 20.99 oz./595g