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

(based on 330 reviews)

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    (122)

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    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (221)
  • Easily interchangeable (182)
  • Consistent output (161)
  • Durable (135)
  • Strong construction (113)

Cons

  • Lens creep (66)
  • Heavy (61)
  • Poor in low light (34)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (117)
  • General purpose (87)
  • Sports/action (83)
  • Weddings (80)
  • Wildlife photos (65)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (76), Semi-pro photographer (56), Enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (31), Semi-professional (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (139), 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

 

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

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.

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  • No

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4.0

Respectable walk around lens

By Desert Lover

from Tucson,AZ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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    Cons

      Best Uses

        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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            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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              • No

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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

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                    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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                          • No

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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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                            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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                            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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