A grown-up version of the 18–55mm lens, with more reach, but optics are kit-like or average for the class. In our tests, stabilization increased hand-holdability by 2–3 stops.
Standout Spec: Cost-effective bridge lens between 18–55mm and 18–200mm.
Lens Test: Canon EF-S 18-135MM F/3.5-5.6 IS AF
Pentax 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 DA AL II
Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G
Sigma 18–50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro
Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18–105mm f/3.5–5.6G ED
Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM