MaxY's reviews

  • Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    buld quality, image quality, versatility
    lens creep, CA

    I have this lens for about a month now and overall Iā€™m very happy with it.

    Build quality:
    Very good. Although there is a little play between the lens and the camera mount (40D).

    Fast, quiet and accurate. So you need to switch to MF to focus manually.

    Image quality:
    The image is sharp. Inside camera sharpening (level 3 or 4) is sufficient to make the picture very sharp. Very good resolution, no flares, good color saturation.

    Fantastic. In 200mm even with the steadiest hands, you can see some shake.
    Press the shutter half-way and the image stablizes lake magic.

    CA ā€“ visible in high contrast
    Vignetting ā€“ not very noticable
    Pincusion ā€“ noticable at 18mm, not a problem at other focal legths
    In any case, if you see a one-in-a-milion shot, take it in RAW and correct using DPP. It works well.

    Pain in the a$$:
    Lens creep. Take a non-horizontal shot on a tripod? Forget about it.

    Bottom line:
    Unless you are a professional, get this lens.

    reviewed February 23rd, 2009 (purchased for $750)