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

(based on 94 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (64)
  • Consistent output (48)
  • Easily interchangeable (42)
  • Lightweight (41)
  • Durable (29)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (51)
  • Video (40)
  • Weddings (30)
  • Sports/action (29)
  • Low light (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (9), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent lens for the money

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...Read complete review

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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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

I would recommend this product to anyon

By jon

from la mesa CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

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

    This lens is absolutely quiet and can focus very quickly and takes sharp pictures.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great starter lens

    By Studio Verdu

    from Bergen, NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I got this lens as part of a kit with my 7D Mark ll and I love it!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Far better photos than I was expecting

      By Bob in Florida

      from Boca Raton, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This replaced a wide tele that I dropped in Alaska. Got this shipped and had it within 3 days. I have a T3 for most of my 'everyday' shots and it has stayed on since it arrived. Color is far superior to the 18-55. Sharpness is better. Using the Canon RAW software I've gotten photos much better (sharper - accurate color - very little noise) than with the 18-55 kit lens. Quiet with video. I put on a good glass UV at first but it's gone. Shots were excellent without it. Now, shooting in dark indoor shots are better with flash but will work if you have a tripod. If you get noise use the software to remove all or most. The manual is fine after about 10 hrs of figuring it out. It might take that long but bear with it - it's really good once you get the hang of it. Night shots outdoors require a GOOD tripod. On the T3 I get sharpest outdoor shots with 5.6 and zoom between 18 - 100. This lens - for me - is worth every penny I paid.

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        • No

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        5.0

        A great value

        By Trainman

        from Tolland, CT

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

        The first zoom of any brand that I've found to give sharp, consistent results throughout the entire range of focal lengths. A true value for those who cannot afford the L series glass. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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        5.0

        Great

        By Mati

        from New york

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

        Goid product

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        5.0

        Crisp and Sharp

        By Cinray

        from fort lauderdale, FL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Crisp and Sharp. This lens takes amazing pics

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wonderful

          By Misty

          from Pennington Gap va

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

          Very happy with this lense. Thank you for your great service

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          5.0

          Fantastic lens to grow with

          By Grazamataz

          from Springfield, MO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          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'm relatively new to the DSLR world and got this as the kit lens with my T5i. This lens provides really great, sharp photos with the help of the IS system and the bokeh I get with a wide aperture is lovely. The STM autofocus is quick and virtually silent. I tried a couple videos with it and you couldn't hear the focus at all.It seems a little on the heavy side but I guess I am not too experienced with many other lenses so I don't have much to compare it to. It feels solid and well-built.The wide-angle capabilities when zoomed all the way out are great as well, though I haven't used it as much for those applications yet.Overall this is a lens I will keep around for a long time and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a solid combination of wide angle and moderate telephoto capabilities.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Highly recommended lens!

            By Pixie

            from Southern Indiana

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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

              Verified Buyer

              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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              • No

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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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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!!!!!!!!!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  perfect

                  By Grizzly

                  from Wilson,NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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