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Canon 18-135mm f/5.6-38 for Canon EF-S Cameras Standard-Zoom Lens Fixed Zoom White Box (Bulk Packaging)
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- Wide Zoom Range (29-216mm equip)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- Light and Compact Design
- EF-S Mount for APS-C Format EOS Cameras
- Bulk Packaging Come in White box use with card
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-S|
|Item Dimensions||3 x 3 x 4 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Maximum Aperture Range||3.5-5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||135|
|Minimum Focal Length||18|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Style Name||White Box 18-135mm|
|Zoom Type||motorized zoom|
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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One suggestion I give it on all my reviews on lenses is to purchase a good quality UV filter to go with it. I also have a lens hood for this lens. These will really protect the lens and you will thank me later :))
Yes, it is a "cheap" Canon lense. Yes, it is a bit noisier than many other Canon lenses. But, it also is of the quality in terms of photo quality that you would expect from Canon. Plus it's super easy to use. Only feature that I miss is the ability to manual focus while autofocus is on. I can get over that though. The lense is plenty fast for my use, which is definately in the "pro-consumer" level. And the zoom level is what I've been looking for in a Canon lense. The lense was also not quite as bulky as the pictures of it seem. It fits the camera very nicely. While bigger than the 17-55 kit lense, it's not overbearing at all in my opinion. The zoom grip is very nice and smooth, with just the right amount of motion to zoom in and out. The focus ring is the right size too, it doesn't get in the way while it spins during auto focus. While it is louder than a Canon USM auto focus lense, you won't notice the difference in sound while using the camera while out and about. It's just not that much louder to be noticable. I've been getting better pictures from using this lense, not sure why. I also get great video with it too. I now wish this was the kit lense I'd recieved when I originally bought my T2i.
Bottom line, if you want a good all purpose lense for your consumer level Canon DSLR, this is the one to get.
One thing that most of the lens sites seemed to indicate is that this lens needs to be stopped down a little more than the STM version. I don't know if this is true, but I just went outside with a tripod on a sunny day in Chicago to do some photo tests of buildings and trees and found these results: You must stop down to at least f/5.6 at all focal lengths (this is typical of these kinds of superzoom lenses) but that by 85mm and beyond you must be stopped down to f/8 for best clarity. In real world tests I found little difference between f/5.6 and f/8 at most of the medium focal lengths, which I guess is a good thing.
I was surprised at how much clearer this lens was than my old Canon 18-55mm kit lens. I had to go and check that I had the older lens's autofocus on during the test shots--that's how soft they looked compared to this lens. I tried both lenses on my old xSi and got very different results; that the 18-55mm was at least as good as the 18-135mm at the shortest focal length. So it's settled: the 18-55mm stays with the xSi.
On the downside, I should mention that I've never encountered as much lens creep as this lens has. If you walk holding the lens pointing down, it is guaranteed to slowly extend itself a little more with each step. This bothers me more than I thought it would, because you often want to look down at the LCD to review your shot, and when you lift the camera to take the next shot, the lens has extended nearly to full telephoto. It's an annoyance but obviously doesn't affect the quality of the photos. It also rattles a little when you shake it. My Sigma 18-125 neither rattled nor crept, but it was also heavier and didn't take as good pictures.
A walk around lens like this is very nice to have, and if you use the optimal aperture setting for each focal length (using aperture priority) you can get the most out of it. You can also clean up a multitude of lens imperfections using software such as DxO, which does an amazing job with middle of the road lenses like this one. It has made amazing improvements on some of the thousands of photos I took with the aforementioned Sigma, and looks like it will do the same for this lens, though early results suggest that this lens won't need as much improving as the older lens. So you don't necessarily have to buy a thousand dollar lens to get good digital pictures, but it helps!
I was thinking about getting the 24-105L but aside from cost, 24 is not wide enough in some cases. Also, I often stop down between 5.6-8.0 so the 4.0 aperture is not that important to me. If need be, I can use a speedlight or the 85 1.8.
If I get a full frame camera, I may get a Tamrom 24-70 or EF 24-105 and a wide zoom but for now this lens is perfect for my T2i.