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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 zoom 3.1x vs 1x
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More than 3x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly better wide angle 18 mm vs 50 mm
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2.8x better wide angle
Slightly 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
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
Weight Light weight Help
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS:200 g
EF 50mm f/1.8 II:132 g

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

Compared to portrait lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

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

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM

Low light lens

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

Low light lens

Min focal length Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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

Travel lens

$289 - $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

$469

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

$141 - $309

Max focal length Has a significantly shorter telephoto lens
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Canon EF 35mm f/2

Canon EF 35mm f/2

Low light lens

$289

Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Wildlife lens

Max focal length Has a significantly shorter telephoto lens
Wide maximum Has a higher max f/stop
Aperture Has a narrower aperture
Length Is longer

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 - $197

Length Slightly longer
Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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

Wildlife lens

$234

Max focal length Significantly better telephoto
Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Length Longer
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 - $599

Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Zoom range More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Weight Slightly heavier
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Canon-ef

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Canon-ef

Wide angle lens

$519

Fixed aperture Has a consant aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Weight Heavier

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

$115

Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro

Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro

Macro lens

$299

Wide maximum Significantly narrower aperture
Magnification More magnification
Aperture Narrower aperture
Length Slightly longer
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Low light lens

$217

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