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differences

Reasons to consider the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Image stabilization Canon IS vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
More magnification 1:3 (0.3x) vs 1:6.7 (0.2x)
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Take macro shots with subjects more than 2x larger in your photo
More zoom 3.1x vs 1x
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More than 3x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 50 mm
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2.8x better wide angle
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Learn more about
the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Reasons to consider the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Is a prime lens Yes vs No
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Prime lenses have a single focal length, they are typically sharper and have wider apertures
Significantly wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest, the EF 50mm f/1.8 II captures much more light, 1.9 f-stops
Shorter 41 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 40% shorter
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Learn more about
the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

similarities

Compared to lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:$199.00
EF 50mm f/1.8 II:$91.94
Length Short Help
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:70 mm
EF 50mm f/1.8 II:41 mm
Focus motor No silent focus motor Help
Louder and slower
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:55 mm
EF 50mm f/1.8 II:50 mm

Compared to portrait lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

LensHero is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM

Low light lens

$339

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$290 - $799

Max focal length Has a slightly shorter telephoto lens
Zoom range Has significantly large zoom range
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Length Is longer
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Macro lens

$485

Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Magnification Has better macro
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Wildlife lens

$140

Max focal length Has a significantly shorter telephoto lens
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Wide angle lens

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Fixed aperture Has a fixed aperture
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Length Is longer
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$445

Max focal length Has a slightly shorter telephoto lens
Zoom range Has way more large zoom range
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Length Is longer
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

Wide angle lens

Aperture Has a narrower aperture

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX

Wide angle lens

$98

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Wildlife lens

$167

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Max focal length Significantly better telephoto
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Travel lens

$489

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Magnification Less magnification
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

Wide angle lens

Fixed aperture Has a consant aperture
Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Magnification Less magnification
Length Longer

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.8D

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Low light lens

$109

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

Low light lens

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Max focal length Slightly better telephoto
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Length Longer
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Low light lens

$217

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro

Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro

Macro lens

$299

Magnification Significantly more magnification
Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Aperture Narrower aperture
Length Slightly longer

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