EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS

introduced 26th August 2008

versatile, compact, telephoto zoom

Canon strengthens its EF-S series of lenses with the launch of a versatile new model: the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. Giving a field-of-view equivalent to a focal length of 29-320mm on a 35mm full-frame camera, the lens offers an 11x zoom range – making it a powerful, lightweight alternative to carrying multiple lenses.

The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is designed exclusively for use with EOS cameras featuring an EF-S lens mount – including the EOS 50D, EOS 1000D, EOS 450D, and earlier models.

High quality optics

The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS features a 16 element, 12 group construction. This includes UD and aspherical lens elements, which minimise chromatic aberration and ensure crisp, corner-to-corner detail across the zoom range. A close focusing distance of just 45cm offers photographers total framing flexibility.

4-stop Image Stabilizer

A Canon 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer – specially designed for the specific focal length range of the lens - works to counteract image blur that can occur when shooting handheld, or at slow shutter speeds. Automatic panning detection ensures effective performance when tracking moving subjects. Plus, because the IS system is based in the lens, results are visible through the viewfinder during framing.

No flare or ghosting

Reflection off a digital camera’s image sensor can cause flare and ghosting. To suppress this, the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS uses optics treated with Canon’s patented Super Spectra coatings – for crisp, undistorted images with natural colour balance.

Pricing & Availability

The EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is available in the UK and Europe from end of September 2008 priced at 549.99 / €729.99 RRP inc. VAT. In the USA the lens is scheduled to be in stores in October 2008 at an estimated selling price of $699.


Lens mount EF-S

Image size APS-C

Angle-of-view (diagonal) 74 to 8

Elements/groups 16/12 (includes two ultra-dispersion elements and two aspherical elements)

Number of diaphragm blades 6

Minimum aperture f22 to f36

Closest focusing 0.45 metre

Maximum magnification 0.24x

Distance information for E-TTL II flash metering Yes

Image stabiliser 4 stops (with auto panning detection)

AF actuator Micro motor

Filter diameter 72mm (filter does not rotate during focusing)

Lens hood EW-78D (not supplied)

Size 79mm diameter x 102mm length

Weight 600g


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