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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens (Black)
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- Equipped with new NANO USM technology combining Ring USM and STM for smooth and near-silent video and high-speed AF for still capture.
- Improved driving speed of the focusing lens up to 4.3x* (Tele) and 2.5x* (Wide) for faster autofocus.
- Compatible with new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, providing electrical zooming that helps deliver more natural zooming while shooting video.
- Dynamic IS helps reduce camera shake when shooting video for improved image quality even when the user is in motion.
- Closest Focusing Distance:1.28 ft./0.39m
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An all-around lens ideal for creative photography and movies, Canon's EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM adds cutting-edge technology to an extremely flexible zoom range. Delivering remarkable performance for everyday capture, it's equipped with Canon's new NANO USM technology, featuring high-speed and near-silent AF. What's more, it's also compatible with Canon's new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 for more natural zooming during movie capture. For landscapes, portraits, sports videos and everything in between, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM provides great versatility with its magnificent optics, comprehensive zoom range and premium design. It's an impressive complement to the EOS 80D camera, or any EOS camera with an APS-C size sensor.
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An all-around lens ideal for creative photography and movies, Canon’s EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM adds cutting-edge technology to an extremely flexible zoom range. Delivering remarkable performance for everyday capture, it’s equipped with Canon’s new NANO USM technology, featuring high-speed and near-silent AF. What’s more, it’s also compatible with Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 for more natural zooming during movie capture. For landscapes, portraits, sports videos and everything in between, the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM provides great versatility with its magnificent optics, comprehensive zoom range and premium design. It’s an impressive complement to the EOS 80D camera, or any EOS camera with an APS-C size sensor.
Equipped with new NANO USM technology combining Ring USM and STM for smooth and near-silent video and high-speed AF for still capture.
Fast and incredibly quiet, the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM’s new NANO USM AF system not only delivers high speed AF, but also makes quiet, fast and smooth AF transitions that can be ideal for movie recording. Combining ring USM and STM (lead-screw type) features, the diminutive chip-shaped ultrasonic motor is engineered to help deliver high-speed, smooth, precise and near-silent operation, plus full time manual focus (when using one-shot AF).
Improved AF speeds up to 4.3x* (Tele) and 2.5x* (Wide) for faster autofocus.
Thanks to its new NANO USM motor, the Canon EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM focuses incredibly fast – a clear advantage for action photography and for working on the fly. Compared to the previous model*, it focuses approximately 4.3 times* faster at the telephoto end, and 2.5 times* faster at the wide end when using the viewfinder, for a noticeable speed advantage that can help ensure a stellar photo.
* Based on Canon’s standards. As compared to the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM.
Compatible with new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, providing electrical zooming that helps deliver more natural zooming while shooting video.
The EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM is compatible with Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 for electronically controlled zooming. This convenient accessory works with the lens to enhance an EOS camera’s video capabilities by providing a smooth and near-silent powered zooming function that’s an ideal complement to the lens’s speedy AF. The PZ-E1 has adjustable zoom speeds, an integrated locking mechanism, offers remote controlled zooming and is designed to integrate seamlessly with the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM for streamlined operability.
Image Stabilizer effect at up to 4* stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
Thanks to a newly enhanced Image Stabilizer system that features a more rigid mechanical structure and the incorporation of faster algorithms, the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM’s Image Stabilizer effect has been improved from 3.5 stops to 4* stops for better performance in even more challenging situations. Whether shooting in low light or any time a slow shutter speed is necessary, the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM’s Image Stabilizer helps deliver stable, sharp results.
* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera at a focal length of 135mm.
Dynamic IS helps reduce camera shake when shooting video for improved image quality even when the user is in motion.
When recording video, the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM’s Dynamic IS system helps compensate for camera shake such as when handholding the camera or making movies while walking, especially when using wide focal lengths. By compensating for the camera’s motion, it helps deliver sharp, accurately focused images with ease.
One UD lens and one PMo aspheric lens help provide high-resolution and high-contrast images with reduced chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range.
The EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM features a number of advanced Canon optics to provide a sharp, high-resolution picture throughout its zoom range. Featuring a UD lens and a high-precision aspherical lens element, its optical formula helps reduce chromatic aberrations, flare and ghosting, reliably delivering excellent results.
Premium exterior design includes a satin finish, sleek silhouette, black ring and metallic mount for high performance with a sophisticated look and feel.
The EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM features a new exterior design that gives it a feel of power and refinement. An elegant shape, comfortable zooming and focus rings as well as easy-to-read markings complement its new finish. A metallic mount and a new black ring that separates the zoom and focus rings add to the lens’s feeling of quality.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6
- Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 74°20'–11°30'
- Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
- Closest Focusing Distance: 1.28 ft./0.39m
- Filter Size: 2.6 in./67mm diameter
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.1 x 3.8 in., approx. 18.2 oz. / 77.4 x 96mm, approx. 515g
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CONSTRUCTION: excellent fit and finish, sturdy plastics and metal mount. Cosmetics are striped down, almost Gothic, losing the chrome and gold rings of similar prior designs. While not a small lens, it’s reasonably light and compact considering the wide zoom range. The underside sports a barrel lock (to prevent zoom drift) and interface for the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1.
FOCUS: A Nano USM Motor drives an internal lens group and the front element doesn't rotate or extend during focusing. I must say Nano USM lives up to the hype: smooth as silk for pulls and movie servo but but nearly as fast as Ring USM for stills. In fact, AF speed and accuracy compares favorably with my EF-s 15-85 3.5-5.6 IS USM.
Manual focus (MF) is possible without switching out of AF mode: simply grip and turn. However MF is wholly electronic so the shutter button must be half depressed for manual focus to work. The focus ring is wider than the prior 18-135 STM and easy to grab for pulls.
ZOOM: The zoom ring is large, covered with ribbed rubber, well damped and does not creep. A nested barrel extends considerably—adding about 2 inches in length--when racked out to 135mm.
OPTICAL QUALITY: Initially this lens was slightly soft with the 45-point AF system of my 80D. The dual-pixel AF (contrast focus) in LiveView was tack sharp so I figured an AFMA (Autofocus Microadjustment) session was in order. The wide end needed +6 while the telephoto side needed +4 to render tack sharp photos from close focus to infinity. The bottom line is, after AFMA, this lens is very sharp.
Blazing Hawaiian sunsets result in little or no ghosting and flare, and typical high contrast night scenes with street lights or interior lamps are normally immune from flare. Chromatic aberration is well controlled as well, with only slight magenta fringing visible on high contrast edges. Mild light falloff is evident wide open at 18mm but disappears when stopped down.
IMAGE STABILIZATION: I almost always get a sharp picture, even three stops below my normal hand held shutter speed. I can’t squeeze out four stops unless I brace myself against something. There isn’t a panning switch for IS but it seems to auto-detect panning and compensate accordingly.
LENS HOOD: Use a hood to protect this lens from stray light, doggie noses and raindrops. A hood is not included but the Canon EW-73D Lens Hood is available at a cringe worthy 35 shekels. Knockoffs of the EW-73D will eventually appear at a fraction of OEM. Incidentally, I own two other EW-73 series hoods—EW-73C for the 10-18 STM and EW-73B for the EF-s 17-85 IS USM—and they don’t fit the EF-s 18-135 3.5-5.6 IS USM.
FINAL BLURB: This is a very good general use APS-C zoom: I love the petite size, zoom range, AF speed/smoothness and sharpness of this lens. Coupled with the 80D, it makes a wonderfully versatile, nimble and lightweight travel combo. I feel confident to shoot in most situations and bring back sharp images and videos.
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The lowest quality auto-focusing system would be found in like the cheapy kit lenses, like the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens. In that, it's a basic motor and gear. The end result is an auto-focus that is both noisy any slow. Being slow is negative for obvious reasons, being noisy is both annoying and if used while shooting a movie can drown out the audio of the subject of your video.
The next step up (no pun intended) is the STM otherwise known as a stepping motor. With this, the focusing is still slow, but this time it's very quiet. These lenses were designed to allow for auto-focusing during videos without the sound being distracting during the video. But the problem is that it's still slow.
A step up from there is the USM otherwise known as the ultrasonic motor. Now here's the confusing thing, there is now 3 types of focusing mechanisms that are all labeled with "USM." This is why I said I wish Canon would advertise their lenses accordingly to the type since not all USM lenses are created equally. Before there was the Micro type and the Ring type. The desired one then was the Ring type. But basically the advantages of USM lenses is that they focused very quickly, and more quietly than the cheap motor one but still a little more noisy than the STM (in videos you'd hear like a chirping sound) but since it's fast and the focusing occurs quickly it shouldn't distract that much. The difference between the Micro-USM and Ring-USM is the Ring allows for full-time manual focusing even while you're in auto focus mode. SOME Micro-USM allowed for it but not all.
But now there's a third type, and this is the newest one, one I think, and wish, Canon will make all of their new USM lenses with this technology. They call it "nanoUSM." Basically nanoUSM combines the advantage of the STM lenses of being quiet, with the advantages of the Ring-USM lenses of being very quick to focus and allowing for full-time manual focus. Basically it's the best of all worlds, lol.
Now that we got that out of the way, this EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens is the third type, the best type, the nanoUSM. So far I'm in love with the focusing mechanism and the lens itself is a very well-built lens. The optical lens doesn't rotate with focusing or zooming like the cheap ones do, so you can attach a lens hood or a polarizing filter without needing to constantly adjust it as the camera changes focus or zoom. But that's expected from anything but the cheapy kit lenses. Just figure I mention it, not claiming this to be some revolutionary feature or anything.
The image quality has been really great so far. I don't notice any obvious signs of vignetting or chromatic aberration with this lens. Not saying it doesn't have it, my "tests" haven't really been scientific, I'm just looking at the photos I happen to have taken with the lens and looking at them at 100% especially around the edges of the photos and so far not really noticing anything.
Zooming with the lens is a LITTLE on the rough side compared to the 70-300mm IS II USM lens, not sure if it's like that with all of them or just with mine, but it's not a big deal to be honest, I only mention it to make this review as detailed as I can to help with people's purchase decision. While using it you likely wouldn't really notice it and it doesn't keep me from getting to the focal lengths I need to quickly and precisely.
Overall this is a typical high quality Canon lens with the amazing new nanoUSM focusing technology. I see some cameras like the T7i and T6i come in kits that come with the STM version lens with the same focal range, I highly recommend for you guys who want this range, to skip that kit and buy just the body and then get this version lens separately. It'll definitely end up costing more, unless you find someone selling their's brand new at used prices (like I did), then it might end up being the same cost to you in the end (shout-out to seller linhphoto, the lenses he's selling is off a kit from a higher-end camera, and is listed as used but is as far as I can tell after buying two from him, brand new).