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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
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- Focal length and maximum aperture: 18-135mm, 1:3.5-5.6
- Closest focusing distance: 0.39 m/1.3 ft.
- Lens construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 11 Degree 30 ft. - 74 Degree 20 ft.
- Inner focusing system
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-83M|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 3.27 x 4.09 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.66 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.16 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.39 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||13|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||3 pounds|
|Zoom Type||motorized zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||—||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Micromotor||automatic_only||Stepper motor||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 4.09 x 3.27 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.95 x 3.98 x 2.95 in||3.02 x 3.78 x 3.02 in||2.76 x 4.37 x 2.76 in||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in|
|Item Weight||1.16 lbs||5.61 ounces||1 lbs||1.06 lbs||0.83 lb||0.53 lb|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||49 millimeters||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters|
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens is designed to exceed expectations and ideal for video and still images alike. This lens marks a standard for EF-S lenses. It features a refined Image Stabilization system that delivers up to four equivalent stops of shake correction throughout the zoom range and offers a maximum magnification of 0.28x at the telephoto end, while remaining even more compact in size. This EF-S lens supports the Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR's Movie Servo AF feature for smooth and quiet continuous AF during movie shooting by utilizing a six-group zoom system and the adoption of a stepping motor and focus mechanism. High-speed autofocus is achieved thanks to an Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithm. This lens also features a Dynamic IS (Movie Shooting Mode only) that uses a wide image stabilization correction range to help ensure steady video while shooting when walking.
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Cannon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Designed to exceed expectations and ideal for video and still images alike, the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM marks a new standard for EF-S lenses. It features a refined Image Stabilization system that delivers up to four equivalent stops of shake correction throughout the zoom range; and offers a maximum magnification of 0.28x at the telephoto end, while remaining even more compact in size. This EF-S lens supports the Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR's Movie Servo AF feature for smooth and quiet continuous AF during movie shooting by utilizing a new six-group zoom system and the adoption of a stepping motor and focus mechanism. High-speed autofocus is achieved thanks to an Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithm. Appearing for the first time in a Canon lens is Dynamic IS (Movie Shooting Mode only) that uses a wide image stabilization correction range to help ensure steady video while shooting when walking.
Whether shooting movies or stills, image quality is phenomenal, with one UD and one PMo aspheric lens providing high resolution and high contrast images with reduced chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range. A 7 blade, circular aperture ensures beautiful, soft backgrounds and optimized lens coatings ensure excellent color with minimized ghosting and flare. A zoom ring lock even prevents the lens from accidently extending.
|Focal Length & Maximum Aperture:||Focus Adjustment:||Zoom System:||Max. Diameter x Length, Weight:|
|18-135mm, 1:3.5-5.6||Inner focusing system ||Rotating Type ||3.1 x 3.8 inch, 16.9 oz. / 76.6 x 96.0mm, 480g|
|Lens Construction:||Closest Focusing Distance: ||Filter Size:|
|16 elements in 12 groups ||1.3 ft./0.39m ||67mm|
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We have a Sigma 18 to 250 mm 1:3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens with which we were becoming increasingly unimpressed as a general walk around lens. The images seemed flat and lifeless somehow. This Canon lens is much much better. The images seem to jump out at you. This may be because the Canon camera body recognizes the lens and applies corrections to the image as a result. Whatever the reason this lens feels orders of magnitude better than the Sigma in resolution, contrast, bokeh and sharpness.
Focus is very quick and silent (which can be disconcerting at first) and image quality is excellent. As has been pointed out by Tony Northrup and others, high resolution APS-C cameras can be very effective for sports photography since you get the multiplication factor (x1.6 in a Canon) and you can crop to get your picture and still get better resolution than a longer focal length lens on a full frame camera which has the same pixel count on a larger frame sensor. So do not be put off by the apparent short focal length at the zoom end of the range. Pair this with a dedicated macro lens and a wide angle lens for those really tight shots and you have a very good outfit to cover most situations.
We love this lens and would thoroughly recommend it.
Onto my experience(s). From what little I could read from the sparse reviews out there, this lens was suppose to be very close optically to the 15-85 (since I don't have a copy of the 15-85, I have to rely on MTF charts). There is some barrel distortion at 18mm, appox. the same as the 15-85 at 15mm, but it goes away very quickly on my copy between the 18-24 range. One thing I do like about this lens is there's plenty of space between the 18 and 24, it's not crammed together like other lenses on the wide end. The lens is a 3.5-5.6 aperture. In its progression you'll hit 4.0 in the 25-35mm range, 4.5 40-50mm range, 5.0 in the 55-80mm range and 5.6 from 85-135. On the 60D, be sure to load the peripheral illumination correction and chromatic aberration profile from Canon to eliminate any fall-off.
Physically, this lens is bigger than I thought it would be (I don't know why I was expecting anything different really). It's about a 1/4 of an inch shorter than the previous 18-135 and about a 1/2 inch longer than the 15-85. Weight is about 1 oz more than the previous 18-135 and about 3 1/2 oz less than the 15-85. Diameter is roughly the same for all these lenses. The overall feel of this lens is superb. You really feel like it has enough heft to not be considered a plastic piece of junk but not so much that it creates a "boat anchor" feeling around your neck. The zoom ring is very nice and smooth along with the electronic manual focus ring. Both feel extremely upscale with the ribbing and ease of use. About the manual focus ring, you can over-ride AF anytime by half-pressing the shutter and rotating the MF ring (negating the need to flip the switch to MF each time you want to focus yourself).
Performance (in my opinion) is stellar. The lens is EXTREMELY quiet while focusing and zooming (I would say audibly non-existent). Fluid is the best way to describe it. Everything flows in a way that makes you appreciate what the lens is doing, it's really a very refined, artistic, sensory appealing and tactile accomplishment (again, in my opinion). Zooming is fast. Focus is fast and spot-on. This lens focuses almost instantaneously. One thing that surprised me was the bokeh of this lens. I was expecting a kit lens 18-55 type of bokeh but I have to say this lens is VERY good (when I say VERY, I mean VERY close to prime). I am truly impressed! This lens is extremely sharp in the center, I have found it is sharp throughout the focal range and exceedingly sharp in the 35-85mm range. The lens profile will correct for any fall-off you might get in the corners. I have not found any color fringes yet although I haven't "pixel-peeped" a lot of the close-ups and I haven't had it for that long to begin with. Color balance is VERY good. I truly enjoy the warm/vivid colors this lens captures.
In closing, this lens has exceeded my expectations in every way. I think this lens is a bargain in the $400-$500 price range (although the MSRP is $549.00). With the optics, build quality, and performance I believe it is probably the best value for a lens with it's focus range. Obviously prime lenses and L glass are going to trump this lens but for the price/performance/ergonomic ratios, good luck. Canon really has produced a winner here. Feel free to comment or ask if you have any specific questions about the lens...
-Dynamic range with excellent performance on both ends on the spectrum--SHARP,
-STM stepping motor technology for silent, and FAST focusing, you will be impressed. Great for video work!
-Excellent build quality, this lens will last, and stand up to bumps without a problem
-Full time manual with wide focusing ring
-Only very minor chromatic aberration
-4 stops of image stabilization
-Reduces to f5.6 quickly on zooming
-Big? You may need to gain a little strength for all day shoots, but with this you will spend less energy changing lenses
I recently took this on a 26mile hike in yosemite, and it produced stellar results! No chance I would trade it for another lens!