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CanonEF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
 
4.4

(based on 324 reviews)

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    (118)

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    (16)

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    (8)

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    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (218)
  • Easily interchangeable (180)
  • Consistent output (158)
  • Durable (134)
  • Strong construction (113)

Cons

  • Lens creep (64)
  • Heavy (60)
  • Poor in low light (33)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (114)
  • General purpose (87)
  • Sports/action (82)
  • Weddings (79)
  • Wildlife photos (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (73), Semi-pro photographer (55), Enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (31), Semi-professional (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (135), Yes (13)

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 324 customers

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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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    5.0

    Excellent Lens... i Would recommend it !

    By ME

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Excellent ... i'm very happy with this lens..

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By John

      from Douglas, Ga

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Great walk around Lens

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great outdoor lens

      By NLee626

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Good Zoom Range
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lens Creep
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Daylight
      • Outdoors
      • OutdoorsDaylight
      • Street photography

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

      This lens is wonderful for photographing outdoor events such as festivals where you are not as concerned about capturing tack sharp action shots. A couple of things to keep in mind: it does not come with a lens hood, which is a must on a sunny day; and the aperture shifts at different focal lengths. Since the zoom lenses I usually use are L lenses, that is not something that I'm used to yet. This is not a lens for a low-light situation, but it's lightweight and doesn't call attention to itself. Great for walking around, hanging out with the family, sightseeing, etc.

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      4.0

      Good lens for everyday/common uses

      By CTS Photo

      from State College, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            As a freelance photojournalist and sports photographer, this lens is handy for everyday use.

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            4.0

            Not bad, but the creep...

            By ChallengerHK

            from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Lens Creep

            Best Uses

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

              This is a pretty nice lens. It's reasonable sharp, and resonably small and light. It didn't come with a hood, but it's no an "L" lens, so that's to be expected.

              The deal breaker for me is the lens creep. My copy is unusable at any angle below 45 degrees. I'm looking to replace it.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Great focal range, decent price, but...

              By Blue Fox

              from Colorado Springs

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  There's no comparable lens in Canon's lens arsenal, or any other Canon-compatible lens manufacturer, that has this focal range, so in that respect this lens is ideal and well priced. It's not an L-series lens, however, and suffers from some chromatic abberation and isn't all that sharp across the field. But it's focal range suits our needs for studio and on-location portrait work, so this is the third copy we've bought for our studio.

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                  5.0

                  I love this lens

                  By Nicole

                  from Austin, Texas

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

                  I bought this lens to go with my 7D and I love it. It has just the right amount of zoom and the autofocus is really fast. I highly recommend this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Delboy

                  from Paget, Bermuda

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    A most useful lens. I really like the macro capability. The lens creep is not a problem as the lens has no tighten ring, and it is something I have lived with and is not an issue. It is just a great, useful lens.

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great general lens

                    By CSI Guy

                    from Atlanta, Ga.

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Lens has fast shutter speed for wildlife photography and the Image Stabilizer works great with slower shutter speeds like shooting architechture at night.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Lens creep

                    By Ted

                    from locke, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Price

                    Cons

                    • Lens Creep
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Rattles Inside
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens is used as my every day lens.

                    BUT, it's starting to be a pain with the lens creeping. My 7d is carried on a harness with the EF 28-135 and extra battery grip. I just wish it would stay in a more compact position until I use it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great first lense

                    By Mauro

                    from Colombia

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

                    This telephoto lense with IS is excellent for begginers and for professional photographers, great image quality, I recommend this product!

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Perfect Product

                    By PK

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I recently purchased 6D DSLR and later realized that my existing lens won't work as it is for crop images. Immediately i order 28-135 Lens from BH Photo as i they committed i received Lens just in 12 Hours before my trip start to Smoky. I took picture using this lens it sharp as expected. Even i taken picture from Helicopter images are still same sharp as took from tripod. Image stabilizer helps lot. I would suggest this lens should be part of your group of lens. The only thing is missing is Lock on lens.

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                      3.0

                      A Decent Workhorse Lens

                      By RandMan

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Lens Creep
                      • Lets Dust In
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      GOOD comp kit lens

                      By Marisa Ross

                      from Savannah GA

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

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

                        i moved up from an ef s camera to an EF and needed something similar to my efs kit lens. this did the job adequately

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                        5.0

                        Great lens

                        By Chester

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy
                        • Lens Creep

                        Best Uses

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

                          Nice walk around lens. Really sharp.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A Perfect Lens

                          By D.C

                          from Brooklyn, New York

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

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

                            Getting used to it has been extremely easy and it takes wonderful photographs. A must have Canon lens!!

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                            • No

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