this lens came with my camera package from Costco. It does take great photos but I dislike the fact that when taking close ups at 18mm there is a shadow at the bottom of the picture. I also extremely dislike the weight and the fact that the lens will not stay at the zoom I am at if I tip the camera forward.
February 13, 2013
This lens has very good zoom lite and each kind of zoom in it is very good. 18 is very good WIDE and 200 is very good TELLE.
November 30, 2012
Love the lens, hate the creep
This is a great walkaround lens. It takes suitably clear and sharp photos and can go from sem-wide angle to a good zoom quickly with quick focus. So I like the lens. What I don't like is the lens creep. I've put up with it because I don't have the warranty card (don't know if I EVER had one!). Don't know what lens creep is? You know how you walk around taking shots, with the camera over your shoulder, and the lens creeps out to its max zoom if you don't have it on lock? Or, using the Canon 60D with its vari-angle LCD monitor that you can twist around so you can focus on your target while holding your camera up over the target - but you can't do that because the lens creeps down to full zoom when you want it to stay at 50mm? I've read this on other reviews so have sort of let it go. I have an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM that I've never had this problem with. Trouble is, Canon doesn't have any other lenses with this versatility other than the 18-200 that I'm complaining about now. So wake up, Canon! If you can do a superb EF 70-300mm, why not do a superb EF 18-100mm?
November 11, 2012
Very convenient lens
I bought this lens after having been to Mt. Rainier and been frustrated by having to switch back and forth constantly between the two kit lenses (18-55 and 55-250). It might be a little less sharp than those two lenses, but it's good and convenient. The 18-200 lens is the one that will be on my camera 90 percent of the time.
October 13, 2012