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

(based on 346 reviews)

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    (189)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (126)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (228)
  • Easily interchangeable (187)
  • Consistent output (165)
  • Durable (137)
  • Strong construction (114)

Cons

  • Lens creep (69)
  • Heavy (63)
  • Poor in low light (36)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Slow focus (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (120)
  • General purpose (87)
  • Sports/action (84)
  • Weddings (82)
  • Wildlife photos (68)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (77), Semi-pro photographer (56), Enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (36), Semi-professional (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (147), 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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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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  • No

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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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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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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        • No

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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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        • No

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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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          • No

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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.

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                • 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.

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                    • 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

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                      • 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.

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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

                      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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