I bought a 500D twin IS kit with the intentions of having a light weight camera kit and a kit that doesn’t draw much attention. Here are my impressions with these two IS kit lenses.
The EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS
This lens is much better then the old 18-55 non-IS version which I also owned when I purchased my 300D a few years ago.
The build quality is better then the old version, with a nicer finish and a better feel to the lens. The 18-55 IS has a all plastic construction, including the lens mount. It’s not the best built lens, but it is small and lightweight.
The lens is a little noisy when focusing, and the front element rotates while focusing, so using a polarising filter means focusing first, then adjusting the filter to the desired setting. There is no proper manual focus r…