Zoom – wideangle
Used at 18mm the Canon 18-135mm IS kit lens is able to fit
plenty in the frame, although it does produces some notable barrel distortion.
This isn’t quite so noticeable in this image as the vertical lines of the
building are closer to the centre of the frame. The next image demonstrates it
(1/125sec @ f/8, ISO
100, 18mm, AWB)
Zoom – telephoto
At 135mm the 18-145mm kit lens has produced an image
displaying good levels of sharpness and detail. There is, under close
examination, some unwanted purple fringing in the windows.
(1/100sec @ f/8, ISO 100, 135mm, AWB)
Using the ‘Landscape’ Picture Style has increased the
vibrancy of both the cherry blossom and the blue sky behind it, with fairly pleasing
(1/640sec @ f/8, ISO 200, 53mm, AWB)
Even with the sensitivity cranked up to ISO 3200, there is
still plenty of detail visible when this image of a Chinese dragon is viewed at
(1/100sec @ f/8, ISO3200, AWB)
Shot through a shop window, the bright display lights have
fooled the 600D’s evaluative metering system here into slightly overexposing
(1/60sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 126mm, AWB)
The 600D’s 63-segment evaluative metering has performed well,
with only some very minor highlight loss in some of the white-painted areas of
the boat in direct sunshine.
(1/400sec @ f/8, ISO 200, 100mm, AWB)
Flowers and Statue
By selecting the A-Dep shooting mode we’ve asked the 600D to
maximise the depth of field and yet it’s selected an aperture of just f/3.5.
There’s also some nasty purple fringing on the edges of the statue that really need
fixing in post production.
(1/500sec @ f/3.5, ISO 200, 18mm, AWB)
In this quick grab of a passing squirrel we’ve raised the
ISO to compensate for using the zoom at its telephoto extreme, thereby ensure a
fast enough shutter speed to keep the main subject sharp. With the Image
Stabilisation feature of the kit lens switched on this has produced a good
(1/250sec @ f/5.6, ISO 500, 135mm, AWB)
Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.