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Photography Equipment => User reviews => Topic started by: oRGie on January 29, 2009, 12:21:54 AM

Title: Canon ef-s 18-200 IS user review
Post by: oRGie on January 29, 2009, 12:21:54 AM
I'll add some photos at some point, but I've had this lens for a couple of months now and am really enjoying it, very handy focul length for walkabout and decently wide too. The IS makes a great difference to long shots at 200mm, well worth it as a basic lens. The IQ isnt bad either, I have to say its not the best, but as I've got used to the lens I am getting better and better results.

I've noticed lots of sigma 18-200's for sale recently, I guess lots want to upgrade to the canon with IS.

The lens has a nice ballance on my 40D, feels just right.

Lens creep hasnt been a problem, but I havent tried using it facing down or up on a tripod yet, it doesnt seem to creep open on my shoulder from 18mm, initial friction seems to hold it, but there is a catch if I ever find it starts to drop open.

I read about using an elastic band to hold it in place on a tripod, but not sure where you would put the band, I'm guessing partly on the zoom ring ?

My only gripe is the lack of lens hood, it should be included, but even so it would be nice if canon made some more, they've been out of stock since I got the lens, doh!
Title: Re: Canon ef-s 18-200 IS user review
Post by: oRGie on January 31, 2009, 12:16:33 AM
Here's one of the first shots taken with my new lens. At 200mm hand held, misty day hence the foggy background, but I think it helped focus on the surfer.. 

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_wind_surfer_4266.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon ef-s 18-200 IS user review
Post by: oRGie on February 03, 2009, 06:23:46 PM
Here's a 100% crop of a handheld shot, full size in my gallery

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_moon_4595_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon ef-s 18-200 IS user review
Post by: Mick on February 03, 2009, 06:35:23 PM
Looks like a good lens, and as you said very handy as a walk about.  ;) 

I use my 50-500 as a walk about lens, it's always on my camera, but it's far too heavy..  ???

Ps:  I've added a link to your CC gallery in your signature for you. ;)
Title: Re: Canon ef-s 18-200 IS user review
Post by: oRGie on February 03, 2009, 07:30:56 PM
thanks for the link  :beer: