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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • 18-135mm lens with f3.5-f.5.6 aperture; for use with APS-C cameras
  • 35mm equivalent to 29mm-216mm focal length range
  • Dedicated image stabilization
  • Lens construction of 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Compatible with 67mm filters

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  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 4 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B002NEGTT2
  • Item model number: 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 31, 2009

Product Description

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Covering a range from 29mm-216mm in 35mm format, Canon's new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS offers a winning combination of size, range and features and is a perfect complement to APS-C cameras. With high-quality optics, dedicated image stabilization and more, this new lens promises to be a favorite for EOS users.
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Lens Specifications
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 18 - 135mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • UD Glass: 1
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 74 degrees 20' to 11 degrees 30'
  • Focus System: Inner focusing system
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1.5 ft. / 0.45m
  • Filter Size: 67mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length: 3.0 x 4.0 in./75.4 x 101mm
  • Weight (lens only): 16.0 oz./455g
  • Comes with Rear and Lens Caps
  • 1 yr limited warranty

Product Description

  • 18-135mm lens with f3.5-f.5.6 aperture; for use with APS-C cameras
  • 35mm equivalent to 29mm-216mm focal length range
  • Dedicated image stabilization
  • Lens construction of 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Compatible with 67mm filters

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Photos are of a very good quality.
    Darrell
    Image quality is very good relative to consumer grade lens, it is certainly not as good as expensive high grade Canon L lenses.
    Enche Tjin
    Overall I think this lens is a good choice for nonpro photographers looking for a multipurpose zoom lens.
    Ivan Barakumba

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    337 of 343 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Barakumba on October 3, 2009
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    Week after buying Canon T1i camera I went to Mt St Helens National Park and realized how much I need extra zoom. So I ordered the new Canon 18-135IS. My first impressions are very positive:
    - The build quality is pretty decent.
    - The lens is relatively light and feels pretty balanced on the T1i body.
    - Front of the lens doesn't turn during auto focus which is a plus if you use a polarized filter.
    - AF is quick and very accurate - it easily finds focus even in dark conditions.
    - Image Stabilizer supports horizontal and vertical panning.
    - I think sharpness is comparable with the kit 18-55IS (looks like corners are a bit softer).
    - Zoom range is perfect for vacation/outdoor photography.
    - There is no zoom creep (so far).
    - Very smooth bokeh (background blurring)

    Few cons:
    - No zoom lock.
    - Doesn't have USM/full-time manual focus - this is the feature I'd expect in the $500 lens.
    - Distortions on the wide end (18-24mm)
    - More CA than 18-55IS.

    P.S. I've spent the last couple of weeks reading endless forum posts and reviews. Here are my notes about the similar/competing products:
    1. Canon 55-250IS - My friend got this lens - it's sharp but some shots have bad color saturation/contrast. He also told me that he needs to change lenses too often.
    2. Canon 28-135 IS USM - sharp, has full-time manual focus, but the lens is quite big and heavy for T1i and has a zoom creep. 28mm is too much for the wide shots on the x1.6 cameras.
    3. Sigma 18-125 OS HSM - good zoom range/color/price, relatively sharp. I almost bought this lens but then I noticed that almost every review mentions the constant background noise produced by the image stabilizer.
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    683 of 717 people found the following review helpful By B. Stubblefield on October 17, 2009
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    I was more than a little apprehensive about purchasing this lens before many official reviews came out, but I'm really glad I did. I have an 18-55 kit, 70-300, 60mm f/2.8 Macro, and 50 prime (all great beginner lenses, BTW) but I needed something I could stick on my camera and forget about when going out around town. As a young lady that likes small purses, this is a constant internal struggle- hang my awesome camera around my neck like an "I'm on a project and shouldn't be hit on" necklace, or stuff it in a big camera bag with my other lenses in a "I don't have kids but I might as well cause this looks like a diaper bag" fashion. I deflect male advances either way. It's just a matter of how light I travel when I do it. And if I can leave some highly-stealable stuff at home, I will.

    How does it feel?
    This seems to have the same feel as my 70-300. Not a plastic-y light feeling like the 18-55, slightly rubber ridges and hefty, but not heavy, weight to it. I wouldn't use this lens to bludgeon enemies, but it doesn't feel as though it came out of a gum ball machine either.

    What's the color like?
    We compared this lens to the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (took identical photos at same focal length, f-stop, settings, etc.) Both lenses were incredibly sharp at the sweet spots and still great at the edges (when taken at F8) but the colors of the 18-135 were much less washed out. We definitely had the white balance settings locked for both photos, but the 18-135 just showed reds, purples, blues, greens, all colors were more vibrant and true.
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    311 of 325 people found the following review helpful By P. VANDALEN on November 11, 2009
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    Switching from Pentax to Canon, I had to start with no Canon lenses. Therefore, I had to go with the 7D kit. I had wanted the EF 28-135 USM kit but after waiting months on a backorder situation, I went with the 18-135 kit from a local camera store. I knew that the 28-135 was a pretty good "kit lens" whose only consideration was that the 28mm aperture is very restricting for wide angle on a crop-sensor. I had read preliminary reviews of the 18-135 that didn't sound too encouraging (this is in contrast to working with pro-level glass from Pentax for some time). However, after a week of using this lens with the 7D, I found that it's not as bad as I expected. Pictures taken with it are reasonibly sharp, have reasonible contrast and fairly even image quality across the frame - when I follow these guidelines:

    1. Avoid 18 - 24mm shots, even at stopped-down apertures due to overall reduced image quality; softness, especially away from center, distortion and fringing.

    2. Don't shoot at wide-open aperture for any focal length if given the choice due to increased softness.

    The lens is built reasonibly well for a kit lens. It does focus quickly without USM and is not too loud doing so. What I don't like is that there is no distance scale. I will often take candid shots, either with flash or without, where I first guess the distance to the subject and set that manually on the lens, and then take a surprise photo without any focus delays or focus-assist lighting from the flash to warn the subject that a picture is about to be taken. Can't do that with this lens.

    While the 18-135 is generally a reasonible kit lens, it is not the right lens to do the capabilities of the advanced 7D justice, however.
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