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CanonEF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 89 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (59)
  • Consistent output (44)
  • Easily interchangeable (38)
  • Lightweight (38)
  • Durable (27)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)
  • Poor in low light (8)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Video (36)
  • Weddings (27)
  • Low light (26)
  • Sports/action (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (8), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best kit lens for any brand.

I bought into canon for this lens and one other one. I use it for my all round travel lens. The image quality is very good all along the focal length and doesnt drop...Read complete review

I bought into canon for this lens and one other one. I use it for my all round travel lens. The image quality is very good all along the focal length and doesnt drop hardly at all near the corners. Stopping down the aperture doesnt make any noticable difference in image quality either, which is good, because the lens isnt designed to be very fast to begin with.It's great for times when you want to get your friends in the foreground and keep the background in focus, then turn around and snap a quick shot of the entertainment farther away for your photo album. Just the turn of a switch, and you have the best video lens made for a dslr! There are some prime lenses you will want to look at for better action shots or low light situations regardless, but this one stacks up fine for everyday use.I love the look and feel. Very quiet and fast focus too. I cant think of any downsides besides the price when bought without a kit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The jury is still out

Like the roving focus area, but it can kill your work if you are not mindful.
Had a hard time w manual focus if the initial focus is way off. Like the...Read complete review

Like the roving focus area, but it can kill your work if you are not mindful.
Had a hard time w manual focus if the initial focus is way off. Like the weight and zoom range. I am still used to my old zooms, found the auto zoom too slow when shooting in low light. Prefer my 18-55 or old 50-200. Will keep working on it.

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5.0

Highly recommended lens!

By Pixie

from Southern Indiana

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Photographing Flowers

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

Used with flash on Canon 70D. Outstanding results!

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  • No

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4.0

Sharp walk-around lens

By Cloud Cap

from Colbert, WA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    After reading posted reviews for this lense, I purchased this lense for travel, wanting a bit more reach for my Canon 7D than is available with an excellent EFS 15-85 mm lens I already owned. I agree with other reviewers that this lense is equally sharp, and the image quality is high across its range, although it is not quite as capable in low light due to the smaller glass size. Some reviewers appeared to be commenting on the non-STM kit version of this lens. The lack of manual focus ability when the camera is powered-off has not been a problem for me.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Whisper Quit

    By flavocin

    from Pennsburg, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Awesome lens for any DSLR video Recording or nature Photography. Quick focussing, nice zoom range and of course if your not buying from B&H, your waisting your time and money.

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    5.0

    Canon EF-S 18-135mm

    By Joe

    from Temecula, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I used this lens in an ocean environment, as my one and only lens.
      Can't say enough good things about this lens. Great quality optics. Covered the range necessary to get great shots quick and easy.

      Its a must have lens for all photographers at any level.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent lens for the money

      By Phil Lowe

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        I'm a pro photographer using both the Canon 5D MkIII and Canon 7D professionally, and the Rebel T3i for travel/vacations. I recently purchased this lens because I wanted more reach than I could get with my Canon EF 24-105L. As soon as I got this lens, I put it to a very simple test: how well would it render a small, tabletop subject shot hand-held? I think the attached image speaks for itself. I set up a couple of strobes with reflectors for this test, and mounted it on my 7D. The image is sharp and the colors true with good contrast. I was very pleased with this result. The image stabilization performed well, too.Next, I shot a wedding with this lens on my 7D and the 24-105L on my 5D3. I was very impressed at how well the images shot with this lens compared with the far more expensive L-glass.In short, this lens is a great value for the money, and I look forward to using it a great deal more in the future, both for paid and personal use.

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Mitsaras

        from Farmington Conn

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Difficult to Clean

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I really love the flexibility and how precise this product is

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Lense !!!!!!!!

        By MILAN PHOTOGRAHY

        from Morristown, NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Non

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Awesome lense for super price!!!!!!!!!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        perfect

        By Grizzly

        from Wilson,NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Cant get any better. Autofocus is so quiet and fast that the only hint of the focus is the sharp picture.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent lens

          By Saco Marketer

          from Saco

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This takes great photos -- easy to use, excellent range for everyday shooting.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            So happy!!!

            By joeug28

            from Central point or.

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

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

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

            This lens is great for videos.I use it for landscape,sports. Its a gift for me.So far I have not found anything I don't like about this lens,Its just great. I love it.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great Photos

            By Chuck

            from Tracy, Ca.

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

            I purchased this lens for my daughter to use with her T3i. She has only had the lens a few weeks and has already sent me some of the most amazing shots she has captured. This lens captures quality like many lenses for twice the price.

            I have sense added this lens to my wish list at B&H as an upgrade and to replace two lenses.

            And as always, customer service was very helpful.

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            5.0

            Excellent lens

            By instructor

            from Bloomsburg, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Excellent clarity

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                • No

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                5.0

                One of my favorites

                By Grace loves Bokeh

                from Oakland, CA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Travel
                • Useful range
                • Waking Around

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Walking around

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

                  I like to shoot when I travel, both landscape and detailed abstract. I can't say enough about this lens. The image quality is spot on, my photos aee tack sharp. For a cropped sensor camera, this focal range provided me the utmots in versatility. I rarely take this lens off my camera now. Really worthwhile purchase.

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                  4.0

                  Better than the 18-55mm

                  By Stu

                  from Lewisburg, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

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

                    I used to have the 28-135mm Canon lens and always thought it just wasn't wide enough to be useful on a subframe camera. The 18-135mm is a great intro-level lens. The 18mm end is wide enough to do a lot of things indoors and the 135mm end is long enough to do most things outdoors; especially when compared to the dinky 18-55mm that comes with most cameras. For those reasons, I really recommend it for someone who is getting started.

                    For the more advanced folks, this is an incredible lens for videos. The stepper motor (denoted by STM) is really impressive. The lens elements move very little inside as it focuses (meaning fast focus) and it is extremely quiet. It seems to be built for video (but is quite usable for stills). I don't feel like it is getting the same workout doing the constant refocusing that is required for video. I got this lens as a kit lens with a 70d and was thinking about selling it until I started playing with it. I kept it because I think it is _the_ lens for shooting video and it will complement the other lens in my bag.

                    Lastly, this lens is different from any other lens I've owned. To make the STM work, they mechanically disconnected the focus ring from the lens elements. As an engineer, I think this is pretty neat and fairly unique for lens makers.

                    Overall:
                    * optically: it isn't impressive
                    * versatility: reasonable all-in-one
                    * best use: shooting video

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                    5.0

                    Remarkable quality and smooth operation

                    By Phil

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video

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

                      My full-frame 5DIII and L lenses including the ubiquitous 24-105L were unavailable, and this lens was purchased for use on my 7D as an interim solution. Considering the large zoom coverage (7.5x) the lens delivers really good picture quality with not distracting flaws, in a wide variety of situations. The auto-focus and IS are ultra-silent and worked very effectively. The build is not to L specifications, but neither does it feel flimsy. The max aperture going down to 5.6 on long focal lengths is limiting for some uses but for outdoors applications this is a non-issue. Pity it doesn't ship with the lens hood.

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                      4.0

                      Great kit lens for the Canon 70D

                      By JohnG

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        A very universal lens from star trails to great portrait shots. Focus is fast, but motor noise is a bit loud for movie making, but then external mikes are a must for filming. A little vignetting seen at the corners at the widest angle. Zooming during movie making is a little jerky, and I would recomend a dual puller to include the focus. F/5.6 in low light during a full zoom is a negative without increasing the ISO. Otherwise, this is a very good lens for beginners and pros without breaking the wallet.

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                        4.0

                        Smooth and Silent

                        By DocDave

                        from Valparaiso, IN

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

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

                          I use the lens for both photo and video. The silent motor cannot be heard during video and the photos are great given the speed of the lens. I only wish it came with a hood then it would have earned the 5th star!

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful

                          By Nessa

                          from Rochester NY

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

                          This lens goes so perfect with my camera. Works quickly and silently as advertised. Highly recommended

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By Pete

                          from Florida

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

                          This is aawesome must have Lens great for everything.

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                          5.0

                          Very quiet

                          By Don

                          from Morristown, NJ

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I like that the STM is silent. Can't hear it focusing at all. Worth the extra cost.

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