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

(based on 146 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (81)
  • Lightweight (65)
  • Easily interchangeable (62)
  • Consistent output (57)
  • Durable (55)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (24)
  • Heavy (16)
  • Lens creep (14)
  • Slow focus (11)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (103)
  • Weddings (60)
  • Wildlife photos (54)
  • Sports/action (53)
  • Low light (49)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (82), Yes (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (70), 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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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!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      good for beginners!

      By Alex

      from Florence, Italy

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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

            Verified Buyer

            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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            • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                    5.0

                    Great Lens!

                    By Michael David

                    from Mesa, AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I sold my 24-105 to have the sensor replaced in my 7D. I bought the 18-135mm with IS to replace it. I use my 7D for shooting commercial video and was concerned with how the 18-135 would perform. After using it for second camera on a wedding, I am very pleased with the performance and quality of the captured video. The footage was sharp, color was excellent and the focus was faster than anticipated. It performed very well as the evening light dropped during the last part of the wedding. I anticipate photos taken with this lens will leave me just as pleased.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Just to get a bit closer

                      By Wendy

                      from Melbourne Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I purchased the 18 to 135 mil lens as it gave a closer picture than the standard lens that comes with a 600EOS Canon camera. I find that having the ability to get up closer to subjects that are further away with a lens that I now use as standard as a better option.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great Telephoto Lens

                        By Alaska Resident

                        from Anchorage, Alaska

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          We have a 18-55mm, a 70-300mm, and a 50-500mm lenses. Unfortunately our 18-55mm died on a trip to Asia. This gave us the opportunity to purchase 18-135mm lens that my wife wanted for a long time. This lens gives us clear wide angle shots as well as great zoom capability. Although we haven't used it yet, we expect to use it a lot on our next oversea trip in January.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Versatile Range

                          By Bones

                          from Canada

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          I find this lens to be very versatile from family gathering to sceninc landscapes. Although the lens is a bit heavier than I would like it does not take away for the performnance of the lens. I think this is a great product that covers a wide focal length at a reasonable price.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Getting my foot in the door

                          By Night Owl

                          from Kansas City, MO

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I have used this lens every day since it arrived on my doorstep Oct. 15th. I especially like to shoot low light, no flash and while it's max. f/stop is 3.5 it still gives me great results with its 18mm wide angle. I've also used it to shoot an art installment at a well known gallery in K.C. Mo. The pieces were white glossy ceramic,in low light which proved to be a manageable challenge with this versitile 18-135mm range. It was my first gallery shoot, very exciting and won't be my last. I know there are better more expensive lens available but for now this lens makes me more competetive and gets my foot in the door. Today we went on a hike through the rugged hills of Weston, MO. for landscapes. I had absolutely no problems with it's construction. Believe me, I put it through some abuse on rocky,woody, and brushy terrain. This lens is my best friend.

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