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

B&H # CA2813535IS MFR # 2562A002 USA
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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
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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
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 359 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (192)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (132)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (231)
    • Easily interchangeable (191)
    • Consistent output (167)
    • Durable (141)
    • Strong construction (117)

    Cons

    • Lens creep (74)
    • Heavy (65)
    • Poor in low light (37)
    • Weak casing (10)
    • Slow focus (9)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (125)
    • Sports/action (88)
    • General purpose (87)
    • Weddings (86)
    • Wildlife photos (70)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (80), Semi-pro photographer (59), Enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (38), Semi-professional (23)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (156), 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

     

    A Decent Workhorse Lens

    I like this lens. I don't really really like it, or love it, or dislike it, or hate it. I just sort of like it. It's nice and sturdy feeling, and...Read complete review

    I like this lens. I don't really really like it, or love it, or dislike it, or hate it. I just sort of like it. It's nice and sturdy feeling, and has a great zoom range on my crop sensor which serves as a sweet mid-range telephoto (with the 1.6 crop factor I get a nice 45-205mm range).

    It doesn't do great in low light but hey, how many zooms in this price range actually do? If you buy a lens that specifies it can't open up past 5.6 on the long end then you are made fully aware that it won't shine when the sun sets. I knew this going in, but I accepted it for the combination of price, zoom range, and the fact that I can use it on a full frame if need be. Lens creep is terrible, but for less than two bucks I got a pack of latex elastic hair bands and I slip one in the barrel crack and that takes care of that.

    The really bad thing on this lens is how much dirt and dust it lets into the deep internals; you can look through the front of the lens and see the sandbox sitting there under the glass that you cannot access to clean.

    It does its job ok, and image quality is an upgrade from the kit lenses but not by a huge longshot. I don't regret buying it but in retrospect wish I'd saved up another couple of hundreds for something a little better.

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    4.0

    GENERAL PURPOSE

    By Daniel

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        The lens is is not fine for night photography but It's ok for general purpose.

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        • No

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        3.0

        great lense but hate the lense creep

        By shelley

        from Washington

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

        I just purchased this lense a month ago. Took it on a photo shoot and the pics turned out great but cause I like to keep my camera on a tri pod while walking the lense would creep all the way out while pointed downwards. I've exchanged this lense 3 times now with the same problem. If it wasn't for the lense creep I would love this lens for every day use.

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        5.0

        Great Lens for the price

        By Dave

        from Springfield, OR

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

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

        I like this lens it is great for its price range and a step up from the kit lens, it is a replacement for the same model that I had dropped and broke. Don't forget to buy insurance, I bought it this time, but the last one came out of my pocket.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Love this lens! Canon EF 28-135mm

        By Sarah

        from Seattle

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

        This lens works great. Super versatile. It arrived in great condition and only took a few days to get to me!

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        4.0

        Eg 28-135

        By Daver

        from Northern Ca.

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

        I just got this lens the main reason for this lens is for photos of my grandkids So far I've have been happy with the out come

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GO TO LENS

        By Jin

        from New Jersey

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • cheap
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video

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

          Okay, obviously, there are other daily use lens, but in this price range, you will not find better than this product. I been using for few weeks, took few hundreds of photos, I truly love this lens. IS works great, Manual focus easy and autofocus fast enough.
          If you are in budget and looking for daily use lens, this is the best EF lens you can find.

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          4.0

          very good affordable lens

          By istanbul

          from Turkey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Is Noise In Video Rec
          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Daily For Goodfocal Range
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          Very good affordable lens.No need to buy expensive 24-105 f4L if you use it on a full frame sensor for daily use.
          This lens gives good contrast,saturation.The sharpness is also higly satisfaying.
          Its focusing speed is fast even with crop sensor machine.
          Only 2 problems i have found;the zoom side creeps when the camera's face down.
          2nd problem is when recording the video you should switch off IS mode in order to prevent lens focusing noises.

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          2.0

          Major lens creep. Loud AF noise. Bye!

          By Tony Balogna

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Lens Creep
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

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

              Headline says it all. Photo quality was nice though.

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              • No

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              4.0

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

              By Trent

              from Scottsdale, AZ

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

              The lens is a great general lens.

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              2.0

              GENERAL PURPOSE

              By Bill From The Hill

              from Corinth Vermont

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

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

                  The reviews on this lens were not good 2 years ago as was the case with the 18 -135 also.It think it is asking to much of a lens to expect much in performance with such a wide range of barrel lengths. ( Nikon does better in this area ) I finally bought the Canon 7D pro-series crop & this lens was available as a kit for an additional $.The 7D is an outstanding camera & Canon should be ashamed of themselves for incl. this general purpose lens as part of the pkg.The lens creep, right out of the box is a manufacturing flaw & it never should have left the assy. line. ( I fixed it with a rubber band... )After 180 files & 7 months of use I have come to the conclusion that the lens has a serious case of chromatic distortion in over 60% of the files I have kept. I shoot only in RAW & do all my own post work. I have a camera bag full of lenses that have never given me these troubles.In my opinion this might be a " general purpose " lens for the individual that perhaps shoots only in JPEG & isn't looking for absolute clarity of detail in their work. Luckily, I only wasted a $ bucks & an additional $ bucks on a lens hood, CP lens cap, soft case & a UV filter... I knew better based on the numerous neg. reviews on this lens & only have myself to blame... :~( Bill Farr

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                  4.0

                  Good Walk Around Lens

                  By Mike

                  from NorCal

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • 70-200 28 Is Zoom
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Id Mk Iv
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Lens Creep
                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I do mainly sports with long Canon zooms. I needed an inexpensive walk around lens that was smaller, lighter and would't knock things down in tight places.

                  It's not quite a good as the more expensive Canon mid zooms, but does a great job for the price.

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                  4.0

                  Great improvement over the 18-55 kit

                  By Dave

                  from Southeast

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Lens Creep

                  Best Uses

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

                    I use this lens, as an amateur (if even that), instead of the 18-55 kit lens that came with my beginner Rebel T3. The lens creep is a given due to its weight, but the problem is easily solved with a thin rubber band. It is typical Canon quality. There are plenty of informative reviews online by professionals who aren't impressed with this lens, but I am proud to own it. The B&H price at the time is what led to me making the purchase. It was significantly lower in price at B&H.

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                    3.0

                    Nice zoom except it expand by itself

                    By DD

                    from QC, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    It is a nice lens and it is versatile. The only downside of it for now, it expand by itself when the camera is in a face down position like when I use my BlackRapid strap. I contacted Canon and they said me it is normal.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome lense

                    By Anthony Velez

                    from Bronx, NY

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

                    I purchased this lense a few weeks ago and I am happy with the image quality and range. This is a versatile lense for everyday shooting.

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                    3.0

                    Everyday Lens

                    By Mia

                    from Pittsburgh

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Lens Creep

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I really like this lens. I use it almost daily for a huge variety of shoots. From close up nature photography to portraits I do it all with this lens. I would love to 'love' this lens. However, it is quite heavy and through use the lens creep is atrocious. I would not even call it lens creep, more like lens drop. If you point the camera down the lens literally drops and zooms all the way. This can be quite annoying and the only way I found to fix this was to keep a small piece of tape on the outside to use in case it is needed. Other than that, it's a great everyday lens that I use all the time.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Adam

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      This lens works great as a mid-range zoom. Easy to use, takes great pictures, clear and sharp

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                      3.0

                      Zoom moves when pointed down

                      By Robert

                      from Phoenix, AZ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep
                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

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

                          The lens doesn't seem to do well in low light. When the lens is pointed down, it has insuffient friction to maintain the zoom. So if you point it down, it zooms out fully. I find this highly irritating. In good light, it performs well throughout its length. I've had limited experience with the macro function, but it seems to do well.

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                          4.0

                          Oldie but pretty goodie

                          By 1moreshot

                          from La,ca

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Great zoom range
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Edges Slightly Soft
                          • F56 A Little Slow
                          • Lens Creep

                          Best Uses

                          • Video
                          • Walk Around

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

                          I remember using this lens back in the film days. It worked well, but now with digital I like the images more. I am using it on a Canon 6D and since it is full frame, it is very particular about the quality of the lens. Edges and vignetting are not too bad depending on how you use it. I also looked at the 24-70mm f4L and the quality compared is close in the center. I don't think it would be worth spending an extra $ - for my situation.

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                          4.0

                          good rookie lens

                          By chadEddings

                          from Maple Grove, MN

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

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

                            I'm new to photography, was recommended this lens by a friend. Easy to use and happy with the results.

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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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