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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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Lens zoom Zoom lens zoom telephoto
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX
Maximum Aperture Range F3.5 - F5.6 F3.5 - F5.6 F3.5 - F5.6 F4.0 - F5.6
Min Aperture 38 38 36 32
Photo Filter Thread Size 67 millimeters 72 millimeters 72 millimeters 58 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.45 meters 0.45 meters 0.35 meters 0.85 meters
Item Weight 1 pounds 1.31 pounds 1.27 pounds 0.83 pounds
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  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002NEGTT2
  • Item model number: 3558B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 31, 2009

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The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens 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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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

Customer Reviews

Has a good basic focal range.
Erica Palmisano
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
I highly recommend this lens to anyone looking to get something better than their kit lens that came with the camera.
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351 of 358 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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694 of 730 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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325 of 342 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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