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

(based on 156 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (88)
  • Lightweight (70)
  • Easily interchangeable (69)
  • Consistent output (64)
  • Durable (60)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (25)
  • Heavy (19)
  • Lens creep (17)
  • Slow focus (11)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (110)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Wildlife photos (56)
  • Sports/action (55)
  • Low light (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (77), Semi-pro photographer (29), Casual photographer (27), Pro photographer (9), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (91), Yes (10)

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

Pretty Decent Initial Lens

By hairlesshobo

from Jacksonville, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Lens Creep

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I received this lens in the EOS 60D kit that I purchased, and I must say, it's a great lens. The image quality is nice and the fact that it has a pretty large zoom range is convenient when going on a photo walk. Great as a general purpose lens. I do with that it was faster than 3.5-5.6, but I suppose that is the best you can expect from a zoom lens of this cost. All in all, it is the main lens I am currently using and would recommend it.

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4.0

Great Lens

By Cat

from Colorado Springs, Co

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Great Lens

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    • No

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    4.0

    Swiss army type of lens

    By Jerry

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video

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

    I'm new to DSLR with some experience in prosumer digital photography. I find this lens versatile and pretty sturdy. Would recommend as a good starter and all purpose lens. IT does suffer from vignetting and barrel distortion however this is easily fixed in post processing. Using on Canon 60D.

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    5.0

    Awesome walk around lens

    By tracey

    from Phoenix Arizona

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This lens is a awesome walk around lens, It has beautiful colors in the pictures it takes.Really light.

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        4.0

        Great beginning lens

        By Expat Scientist

        from Netherlands

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Good short/longish lens for the beginner. Leave you wanting a 300mm lens tho!

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            4.0

            Versatile zoom lens for everyday use

            By wnshall

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            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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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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              5.0

              most versatilele lens ever

              By Jon

              from Northampton, MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Lens

                By pmw

                from Oshkosh, WI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    easy to use, versatile

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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