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CanonEF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
 
4.4

(based on 151 reviews)

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    (81)

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    (61)

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    (2)

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    (5)

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    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (83)
  • Lightweight (68)
  • Easily interchangeable (65)
  • Consistent output (59)
  • Durable (57)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (25)
  • Heavy (17)
  • Lens creep (15)
  • Slow focus (11)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (107)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Wildlife photos (56)
  • Sports/action (54)
  • Low light (50)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (86), Yes (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (74), Semi-pro photographer (28), Casual photographer (26), Pro photographer (9), Photography student (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One lens, a thousand brushes

As college student in my mid-20s, I had to make my money count so I chose this lens (kit) and a Canon 7D. This combo remains the only camera and lens that...Read complete review

As college student in my mid-20s, I had to make my money count so I chose this lens (kit) and a Canon 7D. This combo remains the only camera and lens that I own and will be able to own for a couple years yet, and I love, love, love its versatility. I have used many kinds of of photo and video equipment in my 5 years of military service and this lens/camera combo remains among the most fun, efficient, and flexible.I have had it for 2 years now and in that time I have used it for parties, portraits, macro, a short art film, landscapes, low-light, and it's been on my shoulder in Botswana, Japan, and everywhere in between to boot. I have to use it for everything and it hasn't come close to failing me yet.As far as complaints about vignetting, soft focus, etc.- I guess I can see it, maybe. There have been a few times I wished it was a bit sharper, but I have realized with time that most of these are going to be user errors, not lens errors. This lens will shoot as well as you do, period. Also, this lens combined with creativity and competent editing can match or exceed anything people can claim with gear 4x as expensive. I frequently get better results than people with more expensive and technically superior equipment.Frankly, unless you have been shooting professionally for 10+ years and have some kind of critical acclaim or success to show for it, this lens is going to keep up with you, and it's unbeatable for travel. I'll get other lenses someday, but I'm never selling this one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good for learning, not for pro use.

Ive got my 18-135 as a kit with a t3i last year. For a beginner upgrading from a smartphone or a p&s, this lens will yield amazing results. BUT, when...Read complete review

Ive got my 18-135 as a kit with a t3i last year. For a beginner upgrading from a smartphone or a p&s, this lens will yield amazing results. BUT, when you upgrade your selection to L-glass, you can be dissapointed with the quality of this lens. I always fear that my af will break because I forget to turn the af to manual. the build quality feels plasticy. Af is loud but it is actually fast. IS is silent and great. Image quality does suffer from CA and color fringing. Not the sharpest lens ever made. I bought a used 70-200 2.8 IS (ver 1) and it just worlds better. the variable aperture is a pain, and don't expect to get good results in low light. HOWEVER, as I said, this is a very good lens for beginners and for genreal walk-around.

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4.0

Versatile zoom lens for everyday use

By wnshall

from Portland, OR

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Quality images

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I love this lens. It is much better than the kit lens that often is packaged with the Rebel series cameras. The zoom range is very useful, allowing both wide angle shots and reasonable zoom. The images are quite clear. This is no L series lens, but is great value. This is the lens I have on my camera most of the time for general purpose shooting.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Kit Lens

    By Jesse

    from Missoula, MT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Lens Creep
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This lens (EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS) came with my 60D, which I purchased about 3 1/2 years ago. It has been a very good lens, granted, it's not "L" series quality, but for a kit lens, it does very well. I've had many very good photos, the samples, are 2 of my favorites. I used manual settings, ( f/5, 1/1250 sec, ISO-400, 18mm, on a sturdy tripod, on 2 second shutter delay ) was taken at Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park, May 22, 2014.
    The 2nd sample, ( f/5, 1 second, ISO-100, 55mm, on a sturdy tripod, on 2 second shutter delay ), is of Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park, September 25, 2012.
    I don't consider these pro quality, however for mid range amateur photography, this lens takes very good photos.

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    • No

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    5.0

    most versatilele lens ever

    By Jon

    from Northampton, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Its light, stabilized, and the zoom range makes it my base lens. From close up details in building design to nature shots, this is it.

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      5.0

      Excellent!!!

      By FaraFam

      from Wheaton, IL

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

      Lens is great. We are very happy with the quality!

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      4.0

      Great Lens

      By pmw

      from Oshkosh, WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Easy to use and very good quality lens. Zooms in nice and picture quality is very good. I would recommend this lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

      EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

      By Kel

      from Fl

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        I bought this lens for my Canon 60d.
        EF-S 18-135mm STM has much longer reach. I do not think I will ever need anything longer than 135mm.

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        5.0

        Canon EF-S 18-135mm

        By Menum

        from Texas

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

        Great lens . Very clear. Great buy

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        5.0

        Great product! Great price!

        By Moonsand

        from Detroit, Mi

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          It is a great lens. Easy to use and the pictures come out clear and beautiful. It has become my all around lens. Leave it on my camera at all times!

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          4.0

          good for beginners!

          By Alex

          from Florence, Italy

          About Me Casual Photographer

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            Cons

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

                easy to use, versatile

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                5.0

                Excellent lens in every respect

                By Dusty9

                from Lubbock, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Great optical quality

                Cons

                • A little bit heavy

                Best Uses

                • Good Multi Purpose Lens
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I wanted an all purpose lens, one I could use for a wide variety of picture taking without having to change lenses. I am retired and do quite a bit of traveling and take a lot of scenic and landscape pictures. There are many times I don't want to take a camera bag with additional lenses and don't want to be frequently changing lenses. This lens fills the bill perfectly for that. It is just about perfect for its intended use.

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                4.0

                Good lens range a little limited...

                By bobfink

                from philadelphia, pa

                Verified Buyer

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

                am a beginning shooter on this camera, but feel that this lens is kind of limited in its range, especially on the close up end. Repeatedly find myself bumping up the limits. But if you are within that range takes really good pictures as far as I can tell. focus is sharp, etc...

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                5.0

                Excellent

                By Bobby

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                I bought this as a battle lens to take places I don't want to take my expensive L-series glass. This is light-weight but durable, very veratile, and can produce sharp great photos. Focus is a little slow, but not frustrating.

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                • No

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                3.0

                good for learning, not for pro use.

                By Alon

                from Israel

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Lens Creep
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

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

                  Ive got my 18-135 as a kit with a t3i last year. For a beginner upgrading from a smartphone or a p&s, this lens will yield amazing results. BUT, when you upgrade your selection to L-glass, you can be dissapointed with the quality of this lens. I always fear that my af will break because I forget to turn the af to manual. the build quality feels plasticy. Af is loud but it is actually fast. IS is silent and great. Image quality does suffer from CA and color fringing. Not the sharpest lens ever made. I bought a used 70-200 2.8 IS (ver 1) and it just worlds better. the variable aperture is a pain, and don't expect to get good results in low light. HOWEVER, as I said, this is a very good lens for beginners and for genreal walk-around.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  good lens partner for T3i

                  By bobby

                  from san francisco ca.

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

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

                    usually for still pictures and scenery great about the stabilizer

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Versatile Walk-Aorund Zoom

                    By Anthony

                    from Southampton, Bermuda

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    My most used lens until I can afford a faster (<f/2.8) zoom. Purposely chose this lens over the EF-S 18-55 for its extra reach. But it is a better lens all around. I also have the EF-S 18-200 which is equally good but heavier. Until I get a faster lens such as the EF-S 17-55 or the EF 24-70, this will be my go-to lens.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great value

                    By Steve-o

                    from Nj

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      As a wedding photographer, I have played with a few lenses over the last 5 years. This is one of the best lenses (for the money) I'm a tought critic. Of course if you spend 3 times the amount, a fixed apature lens is the way to go. I think for any amature and for most professionals, this lens is unbeatable.
                      This lens is perfect as a second camera lens durimg events. I can leave it on my t3i all day for many types of shots and it really looks amazing with my 5d markIII. I am Impressed with how wide this lens can capture images and in bright light, the zoom is pretty amazing. Indoors , without multiple flashes, it can be pretty dark. I only use manual focus, so I can not comment on auto focus speed.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love my new lens!

                      By Katelyn

                      from Oakland

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I love the range of this lens. It's all around great tool. Very pleased with my purchase.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Compares well with more expensive lens

                        By LesB

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I'm giving this lens 5 stars. It's not perfect but the image quality is really good and the price was right. I have a 7D and a 5D and I ordered the Canon 24-105mm so I could move up to an L lens. When I got the 24-105mm I tested it out on both Canon bodies. To my surprise the 18-135mm stood up quite well to the 24-105mm on the 7D and showed only marginal improvement but not enough to justify the cost difference in the two lenses. However, when comparing the 24-105 on the 5D against the 18-135mm on the 7D the 5D combo excelled. If you are familiar with the specs on the two cameras then you know why.

                        Moral of the story: If you have a 7D and you are lusting after a 24-105mm, get the 18-135mm.

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                        4.0

                        Good all-around lens

                        By pkchu

                        from California

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep
                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I got this lens with my 60D and it has served me well in the three months that I have owned it. The 18-135 range is very convenient, and the stabilization is helpful when shooting video. The optical quality is decent. Most problems (CA, distortion) can be corrected easily in photoshop/lightroom. Of course, the small aperture means that this is not a great indoor lens, and recently I have been itching to get a fast prime... but for a starter lens, the 18-135 is a good choice.

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                        4.0

                        One lens, a thousand brushes

                        By Army Photo/Video Sergeant

                        from Illinois

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        As college student in my mid-20s, I had to make my money count so I chose this lens (kit) and a Canon 7D. This combo remains the only camera and lens that I own and will be able to own for a couple years yet, and I love, love, love its versatility. I have used many kinds of of photo and video equipment in my 5 years of military service and this lens/camera combo remains among the most fun, efficient, and flexible.I have had it for 2 years now and in that time I have used it for parties, portraits, macro, a short art film, landscapes, low-light, and it's been on my shoulder in Botswana, Japan, and everywhere in between to boot. I have to use it for everything and it hasn't come close to failing me yet.As far as complaints about vignetting, soft focus, etc.- I guess I can see it, maybe. There have been a few times I wished it was a bit sharper, but I have realized with time that most of these are going to be user errors, not lens errors. This lens will shoot as well as you do, period. Also, this lens combined with creativity and competent editing can match or exceed anything people can claim with gear 4x as expensive. I frequently get better results than people with more expensive and technically superior equipment.Frankly, unless you have been shooting professionally for 10+ years and have some kind of critical acclaim or success to show for it, this lens is going to keep up with you, and it's unbeatable for travel. I'll get other lenses someday, but I'm never selling this one.

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