- Preowned equipment that shows little to no signs of wear
- Including Front & Rear Caps.
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens is currently available only as part of a Canon DSLR kit - or used. It is designed as a starter/beginner lens that is low cost.
You do not pay much for this lens, and you see this in its construction quality. The first sign is the plastic lens mount. Actually, everything on the outside is plastic except for the lens glass. The advantage to this construction (besides low cost) is low weight - the 18-55 weighs an extremely light 6.7 oz (190g). This lens is small as well - 2.6" x 2.7" (69mm x 66.2mm).
There is no distance window on the 18-55 II. The tiny manual focusing ring is barely usable and is located on the end of the extending objective end of the lens. This lens is not meant for serious manual focusing as the object end of the inner barrel wobbles significantly when holding the MF ring - this moves the image in the viewfinder. This lens is shortest at around 35mm and extends to maximum length at either end of the focal length range. A micromotor autofocus drive means you will hear the autofocus action but it is not too slow. There is no FTM (Full Time Manual) focus. The large zoom ring is easy to find with no manual focus ring in the way.
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens exhibits moderate and somewhat unique barrel distortion at 18mm. The corners are fine, but there is a blob of distortion over a good portion of the middle of the image. Distortion clears up around 30mm and relatively minor pincushion distortion is present through the balance of the focal length range.
If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Products which are imported and sold other than by Authorized Dealers are referred to as "Gray Market" (or "parallel") products. Camera Wholesalers will never sell you illegitimate products.
Camera Wholesalers are authorized retailer for:
- Canon http://downloads.canon.com/dealer/canon-ad-06-04-20.pdf
- Nikon https://cdn-6.nikon-cdn.com/where-to-buy/nikon_img_auth_dealers.pdf
- Sony https://www.sony.com/retailers
- Leica https://us.leica-camera.com/Stores-Dealers/Leica-dealer-locator
- Fujifilm https://stagewww.fujifilmusa.com/shared/bin/AUTHORIZED_DEALER_LIST.pdf
- Olympus https://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/AuthorizedDealers.pdf
- Tamron https://www2.tamron-usa.com/dealers.aspx?alpha=C
- Sigma https://www.sigmaphoto.com/where-to-buy-sigma
- Manfrotto https://www.manfrotto.com/us-en/find-a-store/
- GoPro https://gopro.com/en/us/store-locator
- And many more
Why are Gray Market products risky?
No branded Warranty
- Gray Market products may contain a limited warranty from the seller, but they are not covered by a Canon/Nikon etc. USA warranty.
Not eligible for repair service
- Not eligible for USA repair service by the relevant brand, even if you want to pay for it.
- May include counterfeit or third party accessories that could damage your equipment.
Missing user manuals
- User manuals are often missing, incomplete or photocopied, and they may even be in a foreign language.
- The software included often is either copied or counterfeit.
May not be as expected
- Since Gray Market products were not designed for sale in the USA, they may not meet your expectations.
Wrong power cord
- May include an incorrect power cord or adapter not designated for use in the USA.
Not eligible for rebates
- Gray Market products are not eligible for USA promotions or instant rebates from the relevant brand.
Learn more on Nikon https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-store/gray-market.page
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