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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 35mm Zoom
Covering a range from 29mm-216mm in 35mm format, Canon's new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS offers a winning combination of size, range and features and is a perfect complement to APS-C cameras. With high-quality optics, dedicated image stabilization and more, this new lens promises to be a favorite for EOS users. Filter Size - 67mm Max. Diameter x Length - 3.0 x 4.0 in. / 75.4 x 101mm Weight - 16.0 oz. / 455g.
Submitted by Zach Kaplan a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2011
Strengths: Convenient zoom range for all-purpose travel lens. Optics seem very good in some situations, erratic in others. Will hopefully improve with familiarity.
Weaknesses: 1. It's SLOW. Widest aperture is 3.5, and definitely not suitable for indoor sports unless you ramp up the ISO toward the max. And as I come from the film era, I'm hesitant to do that. Also, minimum aperture is, apparently, only 5.6, so not sure about clarity at extreme telephotos. So far my distance photos aren't impressive.
2. Lack of a distance scale. Unless I'm missing something, this makes it very difficult to pre-focus, especially in dim light or lack-of-contrast situations. The zoom for my old Elan7, and several other lenses, had scales and I used them a lot.
I think this lens is OK as a general purpose travel lens, and, granted, I'm still going through the learning curve with it and my new Canon 60D. Optics seem OK when exposure is correct (thank God for auto-exposure bracketing). Two major annoyances will be discussed in pros/cons.
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $300.00
Purchased At: Best Buy (kit lens)
Similar Products Used: Canon EF 28-135, several Canon FD lenses.
Type of photography: Other
Submitted by Anthony Reiss a Professional
Date Reviewed: December 4, 2010
Strengths: A wonderful image range of 18-135mm (29-216mm).
REAL Image Stabilization rated at 4 stops. 3 stops rating on other reviews, but hey, 3 to 4 stops is great feature!
The difference between a non IS and IS on a 70-200mm white lens is over a thousand dollars. On this lens, it's already there!
Other more expensive lenses have zoom creep. This lens doesn't do it! Great!
The extended barrel doesn't wobble like other lenses. A nice improvement.
The zoom grip is wide and very nice to operate.
The zoom focal numbers are clearly seen unlike other lenses where they are under the hood of the on-camera flash housing.
Full of quality but it doesn't show it on the outside. It's a Plain Jane lens exterior look, passed over by potential muggers. Great for tourist on nasty places.
Full metal mount, not plastic as cheap lenses.
Weaknesses: It looks like a plain cheap cylinder, not a sexy lusty lens. It doesn't demand attention as the more sexy L and white lenses.
Soft at the wide angle end, for the pixel conscious. Set to F8 and sharpness improves dramatically.
A great EF-S APS sized zoom lens that covers a mild wide angle to telephoto range. The 4 stops IS marketing fluff is true. It tested it down to 1/4 of a second and the images come out crisp and clean as against IS being turned off where camera shake and blur really shows.
A wonderful tool for the amateur and enthusiast. A great arsenal asset to the professional who can squeeze out fantastic images on a modern lens. (These old time pros used to be using coke bottle glass bottoms during the film era, so they know the improvement to technology.)
No zoom creep! The lens barrel stays put.
The lens appearance doesn't demand attention. Nice.
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $405.00
Purchased At: Canon Dealer
Similar Products Used: 27-70mm F2.8
70-200mm F2.8 IS II
Type of photography: Fine Art
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