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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

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Product Highlights
  • EF-S Mount Lens
  • 29-216mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-36
  • PMo Aspherical and One UD Lens Elements
  • Optical Image Stabilization & Dynamic IS
  • Stepping Motor and Inner Focusing System
  • Supports Movie Servo AF Feature
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Zoom Ring Lock Lever
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 15.4"

The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens from Canon is a wide angle zoom lens with an 18-135mm focal range that is equivalent to 29-216mm in the 35mm format. This wide set of focal lengths offers flexibility in shooting everything from expansive landscapes and cramped interiors to group shots, portraits and distant subjects. Optical Image Stabilization reduces the blurred effect of camera shake up to 4 stops and the new Dynamic Image Stabilization improves the look of video while tracking moving subjects or walking with your camera.

This EF-S lens is designed to match the APS-C sensor size and its STM designation (Stepping Motor) gives it a smooth and quiet autofocus that is ideal for shooting video with the Movie Servo AF feature found on select Canon DSLRs. Autofocus speed is achieved thanks to the lens' high speed CPU connection with the camera and its Inner Focusing System. Auto and manual focusing is possible, aspheric and UD lens elements provide quality imaging and a zoom lock ring prevents the lens from accidentally extending. Given its wide focal range, it is particularly compact and lightweight, which is also beneficial when shooting video.

Wide Focal Range
With 74.2° to 11.3° angle-of-view, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens offers excellent wide angle to telephoto focal lengths with Canon APS-C EOS Digital SLRs. In 35mm format its focal range is equivalent to 29-216mm.
Image Stabilization
Canon's Optical Image Stabilization system reduces the effects of camera movement and allows you to shoot sharp images with a 4-stop advantage in low-light conditions.
Compact Design
Measuring less than 4" in length and weighing about a pound, the lens boasts excellent portability without compromising optical quality.
High Speed Autofocus
An Inner Focusing system, optimized AF algorithm and high-speed CPU connections provide this lens with fast and accurate autofocus.
Ideal for Video
The stepping motor (STM) and focus mechanism and a new six-group zoom system offer quiet and smooth autofocus when used with the Movie Servo AF feature on select Canon DSLRs. This is ideal when shooting video so noise and jerky movements do not disrupt your action. The Dynamic Image Stabilization feature in Movie Shooting Mode reduces the effect of camera movement when shooting video while moving.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 135mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 29 - 216 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 74° 20' - 11° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.28' (39 cm)
Magnification 0.28x
Elements/Groups 16/12
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.02 x 3.78" (76.6 x 96 mm)
Weight 16.93 oz (480 g)
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • E-67 II 67mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    CanonEF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 82 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (52)
    • Consistent output (39)
    • Easily interchangeable (34)
    • Lightweight (32)
    • Durable (25)

    Cons

    • Heavy (10)
    • Poor in low light (7)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (42)
    • Video (32)
    • Low light (24)
    • Sports/action (23)
    • Weddings (23)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (5), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (64), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best kit lens for any brand.

    I bought into canon for this lens and one other one. I use it for my all round travel lens. The image quality is very good all along the focal length and doesnt drop...Read complete review

    I bought into canon for this lens and one other one. I use it for my all round travel lens. The image quality is very good all along the focal length and doesnt drop hardly at all near the corners. Stopping down the aperture doesnt make any noticable difference in image quality either, which is good, because the lens isnt designed to be very fast to begin with.It's great for times when you want to get your friends in the foreground and keep the background in focus, then turn around and snap a quick shot of the entertainment farther away for your photo album. Just the turn of a switch, and you have the best video lens made for a dslr! There are some prime lenses you will want to look at for better action shots or low light situations regardless, but this one stacks up fine for everyday use.I love the look and feel. Very quiet and fast focus too. I cant think of any downsides besides the price when bought without a kit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    The jury is still out

    Like the roving focus area, but it can kill your work if you are not mindful.
    Had a hard time w manual focus if the initial focus is way off. Like the...Read complete review

    Like the roving focus area, but it can kill your work if you are not mindful.
    Had a hard time w manual focus if the initial focus is way off. Like the weight and zoom range. I am still used to my old zooms, found the auto zoom too slow when shooting in low light. Prefer my 18-55 or old 50-200. Will keep working on it.

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    5.0

    perfect

    By Grizzly

    from Wilson,NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

      Cant get any better. Autofocus is so quiet and fast that the only hint of the focus is the sharp picture.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Excellent lens

      By Saco Marketer

      from Saco

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

        This takes great photos -- easy to use, excellent range for everyday shooting.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        So happy!!!

        By joeug28

        from Central point or.

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

        This lens is great for videos.I use it for landscape,sports. Its a gift for me.So far I have not found anything I don't like about this lens,Its just great. I love it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great Photos

        By Chuck

        from Tracy, Ca.

        Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

        I purchased this lens for my daughter to use with her T3i. She has only had the lens a few weeks and has already sent me some of the most amazing shots she has captured. This lens captures quality like many lenses for twice the price.

        I have sense added this lens to my wish list at B&H as an upgrade and to replace two lenses.

        And as always, customer service was very helpful.

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        5.0

        Excellent lens

        By instructor

        from Bloomsburg, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

            Excellent clarity

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            • No

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            5.0

            One of my favorites

            By Grace loves Bokeh

            from Oakland, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Travel
            • Useful range
            • Waking Around

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Walking around

              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

              I like to shoot when I travel, both landscape and detailed abstract. I can't say enough about this lens. The image quality is spot on, my photos aee tack sharp. For a cropped sensor camera, this focal range provided me the utmots in versatility. I rarely take this lens off my camera now. Really worthwhile purchase.

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              4.0

              Better than the 18-55mm

              By Stu

              from Lewisburg, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                I used to have the 28-135mm Canon lens and always thought it just wasn't wide enough to be useful on a subframe camera. The 18-135mm is a great intro-level lens. The 18mm end is wide enough to do a lot of things indoors and the 135mm end is long enough to do most things outdoors; especially when compared to the dinky 18-55mm that comes with most cameras. For those reasons, I really recommend it for someone who is getting started.

                For the more advanced folks, this is an incredible lens for videos. The stepper motor (denoted by STM) is really impressive. The lens elements move very little inside as it focuses (meaning fast focus) and it is extremely quiet. It seems to be built for video (but is quite usable for stills). I don't feel like it is getting the same workout doing the constant refocusing that is required for video. I got this lens as a kit lens with a 70d and was thinking about selling it until I started playing with it. I kept it because I think it is _the_ lens for shooting video and it will complement the other lens in my bag.

                Lastly, this lens is different from any other lens I've owned. To make the STM work, they mechanically disconnected the focus ring from the lens elements. As an engineer, I think this is pretty neat and fairly unique for lens makers.

                Overall:
                * optically: it isn't impressive
                * versatility: reasonable all-in-one
                * best use: shooting video

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                • No

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                5.0

                Remarkable quality and smooth operation

                By Phil

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                  My full-frame 5DIII and L lenses including the ubiquitous 24-105L were unavailable, and this lens was purchased for use on my 7D as an interim solution. Considering the large zoom coverage (7.5x) the lens delivers really good picture quality with not distracting flaws, in a wide variety of situations. The auto-focus and IS are ultra-silent and worked very effectively. The build is not to L specifications, but neither does it feel flimsy. The max aperture going down to 5.6 on long focal lengths is limiting for some uses but for outdoors applications this is a non-issue. Pity it doesn't ship with the lens hood.

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                  4.0

                  Great kit lens for the Canon 70D

                  By JohnG

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                    A very universal lens from star trails to great portrait shots. Focus is fast, but motor noise is a bit loud for movie making, but then external mikes are a must for filming. A little vignetting seen at the corners at the widest angle. Zooming during movie making is a little jerky, and I would recomend a dual puller to include the focus. F/5.6 in low light during a full zoom is a negative without increasing the ISO. Otherwise, this is a very good lens for beginners and pros without breaking the wallet.

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                    4.0

                    Smooth and Silent

                    By DocDave

                    from Valparaiso, IN

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                      I use the lens for both photo and video. The silent motor cannot be heard during video and the photos are great given the speed of the lens. I only wish it came with a hood then it would have earned the 5th star!

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful

                      By Nessa

                      from Rochester NY

                      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                      This lens goes so perfect with my camera. Works quickly and silently as advertised. Highly recommended

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Pete

                      from Florida

                      Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                      This is aawesome must have Lens great for everything.

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                      5.0

                      Very quiet

                      By Don

                      from Morristown, NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                          I like that the STM is silent. Can't hear it focusing at all. Worth the extra cost.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Suprising quality

                          By Falcone Fotographyx

                          from Hamburg, MI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                            As an 'L' lens owner I was quite pleased with the quality of the images this lens provides.

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                            5.0

                            Nice kit lens

                            By Juannito

                            from Gilbert, AZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                              I just started using this lens I got with my 70D and I love it! The autofocus is fast and accurate. I would recommend this if you are looking at the kit and need a versatile lens.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great all in one lens.

                              By Karlalee

                              from San Rafael California

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                              This is a great lens to have. If you hate to carry 2 lens on a hike or just on vacation this is for you. It's so nice to have such a wide coverage with one lens. It's not for super long zooming but good enough for some distant shots.

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                              4.0

                              Good lens

                              By Trish

                              from New york

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                              For a first time user it is very good.

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                              4.0

                              Works very well

                              By yearbook

                              from nebraska

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Heavy
                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video

                              Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                              For the time I have had this lens it has worked well. Is very quick at focusing and does what you ask. It is bigger than i thought, has some weight to it. Works well for outside or for everyday use. Did not work well in a gym, not designed for that. It just does not let enough light in to stop action.

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                              4.0

                              good replasement for 17-85

                              By cincinat

                              from SF CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                                  Sharp from 6.3 to 14, quick to focus in good light, when dark or noncontrast object may be slaggish, as light as 17-85, manual focus is really smooth and eazy to set. Macro is good.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good decent EF-S lense for everyday use

                                  By TQpham

                                  from Stanton CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens:

                                    I got it for my 70D for shooting video, little bit stiff on the zoom but I think in time it will lose up.

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