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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens USA

You Pay: $299.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Constant Minimum Focus Distance: 20"
  • 72mm Filter Thread Diameter

The EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens from Canon is a compact and lightweight zoom lens that offers superior optical performance plus a built-in Image Stabilizer. The IS system reduces blurred photographs caused by camera shake and allows for handheld photography in comparatively dim light without a flash or tripod. At the wide-angle end of the zoom range, the equivalent shutter speed gain is approximately 1.5 stops while at the telephoto end, it is approximately 2 stops.

In addition, the lens has an Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor (USM) for faster and quieter AF operation, and the pulse control diaphragm (EMD) ensures precise aperture control. manual focus override is supported for precise manual control even in AF mode. The minimum focus distance throughout the zoom range is 20".

The Optical Image Stabilization (IS) system is composed of a pair of gyro sensors to detect vertical and horizontal motion and a microprocessor that compensates for this motion by shifting special lens elements in parallel with the perceived movement. The IS system reduces blur in images shot in dim light and at long focal lengths.
The internal focusing mechanism allows the front of the lens to remain stationary and to easily accommodate specialty filters, such as polarizing filters.
An Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and quiet autofocus action which is particularly important when shooting video with this lens.
Performance
Focal Length 28 - 135mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 44.8 - 216 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 75° - 18°
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 19.69" (50 cm)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 16/12
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.09 x 3.81" (78.4 x 96.8 mm)
Weight 1.19 lb (540 g)
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • E-72U Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 340 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (187)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (124)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (224)
    • Easily interchangeable (185)
    • Consistent output (163)
    • Durable (136)
    • Strong construction (114)

    Cons

    • Lens creep (66)
    • Heavy (62)
    • Poor in low light (34)
    • Blurry focus (8)
    • Slow focus (8)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (118)
    • General purpose (87)
    • Sports/action (84)
    • Weddings (81)
    • Wildlife photos (66)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (77), Semi-pro photographer (56), Enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (33), Semi-professional (23)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (142), Yes (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Walk-around Lens for the Canon T2i

    On a Canon T2i I had been using just the 50mm f/1.8 with reasonably good results, but was limited by the lack of a zoom. I am just the average dad taking pictures...Read complete review

    On a Canon T2i I had been using just the 50mm f/1.8 with reasonably good results, but was limited by the lack of a zoom. I am just the average dad taking pictures of my kids running around in daylight or at various activites in-doors at school events. They don't pose or stay still. I was looking for a light-weight all-purpose "inexpensive" lens useful both indoors and outdoors and for action.

    As the pros will tell you such a lens does not exist or is unaffordable.

    This Canon 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 lens has many of the features on my list and works pretty well as a walk-around lens. While it is a hefty 500g lens, with the T2i body it does not feel heavy when carried around walking all day. Zoom creep did not occur if I left the lens at 28mm when walking.

    The lens appears well-constructed with a smooth movement of the zoom and quiet auto-focus. I purchased the refurbished lens from B&H for a price lower than that on Canon's website. It arrived in a Canon box with a 90-day warranty from Canon.

    I previously had a Canon 18-55 mm lens on an Xti and had not taken many pictures at angles less then 30mm. The range of this lens is ideal for my needs. The image stabilization-IS while probably of a previous generation is a new and welcome addition for me. More shots at slower shutter speeds are usable. I can get decent pictures in good light outdoors and indoors and by using a flash with low light indoors. At low light however, I still prefer the 50 mm f/1.8 as I am not fond of using the flash.

    I would recommend this lens for anyone looking for a general purpose lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    wobbly

    i use this as a general purpose lens
    in fact i own 2 of these
    the range for this lens as an everyday work horse is near perfect but there are some...Read complete review

    i use this as a general purpose lens
    in fact i own 2 of these
    the range for this lens as an everyday work horse is near perfect but there are some caveats
    compared to some other lenses this doesn't seem as sharp, the lens creep becomes an issue after a few weeks esp if you carry the rig by a neck strap (lens down).
    the autofocus seems very fast and accurate not to mention quiet
    the IS performs without a flaw as near as i can tell
    i haven't seen a chromatic issues either

    1 last minor hiccup you will want a hood for this lens i have caught some nifty (nasty) flares

    please canon do something about the lens wobble though i hate that i've sent it in twice for repairs.
    the lens wobble is caused by the end element's internal seal wearing out, this may also introduce dust elements or other debris into the lens

    Reviewed by 340 customers

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    5.0

    Canon EF 28-135 f3.5-5.6 USM

    By Ulhas

    from Chadds Ford

    Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

    Excelent lems very sharp excellent for portrait

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    5.0

    Canon EF 28-135 f3.5-5.6 USM

    By Ulhas

    from Chadds Ford

    Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

    Excelent les ver sharp good for portrait

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    5.0

    great purchase

    By dypgraphik

    from santiago, chile

    Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

    This was a great purchase, exactly all I wanted, the lens came in perfect condition.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Nicksan

    from San Bruno

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

          I was looking for an all-around lens after buying the 5d mark III because the EF-S lenses that I had did not work with the new camera. This lens really surprised me with it's performance.

          Now all I need is this lens instead of my other 2 expensive lenses that I used to carry around.
          For the price it's worth a try and I know you will be satisfied and surprised.

          I would highly recommend this lens.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          EF 28-135mm by Canon

          By Jefe

          from Oxnard, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            Camera and lens work well togeather for my use. This is a replacement lens to my orginal, which i happend to break setting my camera down in its soft case, lense first. Inside spider gear that works the zoom broke....cheaper to replace than fix...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Really good Lens

            By Juanb

            from Florida

            Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

            awesone for all occasions

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            4.0

            Great lense replacement for my 18-55mm

            By TM

            from SC

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

              Very nice lense for the price.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Good for beginners

              By Jan Spisar

              from Daytona Beach, FL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                Good lens for beginners

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great lens for a great price

                By sila5

                from NYC

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                Solid daily use lens on a budget.

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                4.0

                Canon EF 28-135

                By A.L.

                from Louisville, KY

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                Good lens for the price, granted lens creep is an issue and I knew about this prior to purchase. I enjoy this lens and yes would recommend it for the budget minded photographer.

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                4.0

                Good lens

                By Laura

                from Virginia

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                I have used it just a couple of times, but like the zoom as my gap between lens before was 18-55, then 80-200.

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                5.0

                great lens

                By Stumpy

                from Columbiana oh

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                All around great lens. I use it for just about everything. Its not the top of the line but it does a great job with my 70d and before that the Rebel XT.

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                4.0

                Good results but too heavy

                By Sunny Ken

                from Estero, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Lens Creep
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                I use this lens as my "walk around" lens on my Canon t3i. I shot about 200 photos in Disney World and was pleased with all of them except those in low lighting conditions. But that was expected from a lens like this at this price range. The only gripe I have is that it is very heavy. After carrying it around all day, you really feel it on your neck.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Respectable walk around lens

                By Desert Lover

                from Tucson,AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Difficult to Clean
                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                For the price and features, I'd have to say this is a good deal for the money. I have two copies of this lens, and gotten consistent shots from both. As mentioned in a lot of reviews, lens creep is pretty bad, but I can easily overlook that with the common fix. Its nice to have the IS and USM in a lens that to me, is a good walk around lens. Color, sharpness are always good on both my copies. Overall, very happy with this lens.

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                • No

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                2.0

                You are better off with something else

                By nyphotoguy

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

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                      Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                      It's amazing that these still sell well. This lens was designed as a mid-tier all-around zoom for 35mm film cameras. That market tier no longer exists with digital, now it's an odd duck out. On a cropped sensor dslr like 7D, it's a 45-215 lens lacking any wide angle capability what so ever with very pedestrian apertures throughout the range. I can see why some people are happy with it for national parks, but it's not an all-around lens by any definition. It's true that Canon does not produce a no-brainer all-around zoom for cropped sensor cameras, but they do have some options and you are better off with a 15-85 or 17-85 if you are looking for all-around. On a full frame DSLR, it's an option, but FF DSLRs are pretty expensive compared to film DSLRs and if you are going that route, it makes a lot more sense to spending a couple hundred more for the 24-105 F4L. It's superior in virtually every way and can be had regularly for ~500-600.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      So far so good got some great pics

                      By Snap Guy

                      from Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                        Worked well for wide angles probably got 95% of my shots in US national parks using this lens I'm happy with it

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens for the $$$

                        By Bernie, wilderness photographer

                        from Helena, MT

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                        I at first suspected that, for the price, the lens might not be of the optical quality I expect. Upon looking at the images on the computer screen, then having them enlarged as prints, I was delighted with the quality. It was just superior for the price range of this lens. I use this lens mainly for portraits and landscape work. There is the issue of "lens creep" but I have found that to be no problem in my photography.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        First and most used lense

                        By Cowgirl up, Sue

                        from New Meadows, ID

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          When I switched to digital from my 35mm Canon, this was the lens I got, and it never leaves my camera, I shoot everything with it. Auto-focus is not working at all lengths now, so have just purchased a new one. Good for another 10 years!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Reliable Lens

                          By Black Horse

                          from Buffalo, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          I like this lens because it is versatile. It is very good in light situations (outside or in well lit areas). It's not so good in low light. The autofocus works well also.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I like this lens!

                          By Hg

                          from Nashville

                          Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens:

                          I use this on a 6D and it's a great lens. I would recommend it.

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