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Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM: Picture 1 regular $549.00

About Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

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Designed to exceed expectations and ideal for video and still images alike, the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM marks a new standard for EF-S lenses. It features a refined Image Stabilization system that delivers up to four equivalent stops of shake correction throughout the zoom range; and offers a maximum magnification of 0.28x at the telephoto end, while remaining even more compact in size.

This EF-S lens supports the Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR's Movie Servo AF feature for smooth and quiet continuous AF during movie shooting by utilizing a new six-group zoom system and the adoption of a stepping motor and focus mechanism. High-speed autofocus is achieved thanks to an Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithm. Appearing for the first timein a Canon lens is Dynamic IS (Movie Shooting Mode only) that uses a wide image stabilization correction range to help ensure steady video while shooting when walking.

Whether shooting movies or stills, image quality is phenomenal, with one UD and one PMo aspheric lens providing high resolution and high contrast images with reduced chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range. A 7 blade, circular aperture ensures beautiful, soft backgrounds and optimized lens coatings ensure excellent color with minimized ghosting and flare. A zoom ring lock even prevents the lens from accidently extending.

The Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Video and more.The Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM: Consistent output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast auto-focus (7),Super-sharp images (7),Consistent output (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (5),Lightweight (5),Superior build quality (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (5),Video (4),Weddings (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Features

  • High magnification EF-S standard zoom lens with Image Stabilization for up to four equivalent stops of shake correction
  • Supports Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR's Movie Servo AF feature for smooth and quiet continuousAF during movie shooting by utilizing a new six-group zoom system and the adoption of a stepping motor and focus mechanism
  • One UD lens and one aspheric lens reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range, for excellent image quality with high resolution and high contrast
  • New six-group zoom system provides a more compact design, yet still achieves a maximum magnification of 0.28x at the telephoto end
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds
  • Dynamic IS (Movie Shooting Mode only) delivers a wider image stabilization correction range, making it ideal for shooting while walking
  • Optimized lens coatings ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare
  • Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithm allows high-speed autofocus
  • Minimum focusing distance: 1.3 ft./0.39m (full zoom range)

Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Specifications

Compatible Cameras
EOS 7D Mark II, 7D, 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, Rebel T6s, Rebel T6i, Rebel T5i, Rebel T4i, Rebel SL1, Rebel T3i, Rebel T5, Rebel T3, Rebel T2i, Rebel T1i, Rebel XSi, Rebel XS, Digital Rebel XTi, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel only
Focal Length
18-135mm
Maximum Aperture
1:3.5-5.6
Lens Construction
16 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View
11° 30' - 74° 20'
Focus Adjustment
Inner focusing system
Closest Focusing Distance
1.3 ft./0.39m
Zoom System
Rotating Type
Filter Size
67mm
Max. Diameter x Length
3.1 x 3.8" (76.6 x 96mm)
Weight
16.9 oz (480g)
Mfr #
6097B002
SKU
CA18135STM

Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Reviews

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4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent lens, but some annoyances

I bought this lens as a standalone to use with my Rebel t3i, so I cannot comment on the integrated movie mode image stabilization available with the t4i. Aside from that, though, the lens is quite sharp across all the ranges I have tested. It is noticeably a little soft around the edges at the extreme focal lengths, unsurprisingly, but this softness requires you to look for it, and for a skilled photographer, it should be expected and not matter much anyway. This is much Much nicer optically ...

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I bought this lens as a standalone to use with my Rebel t3i, so I cannot comment on the integrated movie mode image stabilization available with the t4i. Aside from that, though, the lens is quite sharp across all the ranges I have tested. It is noticeably a little soft around the edges at the extreme focal lengths, unsurprisingly, but this softness requires you to look for it, and for a skilled photographer, it should be expected and not matter much anyway. This is much Much nicer optically than, for instance, the 18-55 kit lens. The zoom barrel is a little tight for my taste, but the grip is wonderful, and the focal lengths are laid out so that the spacing is very intuitive and easy to precisely control all the way from 18-135. Also, a tight zoom does mean that the zoom lock isn't really necessary, which is good, I guess (though I don't understand why such a feature is necessary in the first place... seems like a band-aid fix in most cases) The silent stepper motor is truly SILENT. As in, with my ear pressed up against the lens as it focuses, I still cannot hear it, unless I am in a still room by myself with no air conditioning on. And again, that's only if my ear is jammed up against it. Under normal circumstances, it just focuses with absolutely no noise, as if by magic. Very amusing, and of course, perfect for videography (although the video focus still pales in comparison to a camcorder, when used on the t3i, but that was expected). Focus SPEED is about average for a mid range canon lens. So all in all, great optics, good usability, and a very useful lens for the crop sensor. Also absolutely silent. On the negative side, though... two points: 1) The build quality is very poor for the price. yes, it has a metal bayonet, but other than that, it looks really cheap, and feels pretty cheap. This is probably mostly an aesthetic thing (it does not affect performance, and plastics can be as strong as metals nowadays), but it is annoying and make me less satisfied using the lens. So sue me, I'm a little shallow like that. 2) More importantly, the manual focus is not actually a manual focus!!! This is just a little electronic sensor attached to a ring. When you change the focus, it takes a split second for the motor to catch up to you. And the focus (and therefore the lens) won't work if the camera is off or not attached to EFS powered signals. Not only is this annoying and weird to work with under normal circumstances, but it makes this lens almost completely useless if you do a lot of work with non-Canon extension tubes, or a macro reverse ring, or on a non-EFS Canon camera with adapters, or duct taping lenses onto bellows, or other non-standard setups like that (which all amateurs should try at some point! And that is obviously who this is marketed at). Considering that this is obviously a "one-stop-shop, do-everything" lens, not being functional in situations like this is a significant drawback. Not being able to use a reversing ring on a 300mm prime lens? Well fine, obviously that wouldn't be a problem. Here, it is a problem. However, if you're not a very experimental person, or if you have other lenses on hand to mess around with in that way, then it's fine. Still annoying to not have instant manual focus control, though.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad copy?

After reading the reviews , I was expecting excellent performance. Not so. My copy of this lens failed to perform in every category except noise where it excelled and zoom/focus that was very good. Took it back.

Reviewed by 23 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great video lens

By

from lewisburg, pa

I got this lens in a kit with my 70D. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I actually like it. The stepper motor (STM) is amazing and completely changes the lens. It operates differently from any lens I've owned before. First, the focus ring is not mechanically connected to anything - so when the camera is off, it doesn't move. This is neither good nor bad, just different. The lens focuses very quickly and completely silently (good for movie shooting if you're recording audio on the camera). It seems like the lens elements are very close and they don't move very much - resulting in fast focus. It operates more like the focus system in a camcorder than a still camera. I took it to iceland and shot 500+ pictures with it. Overall it worked well. The picture quality wasn't as nice as my f/2.8 lenses, but it did well and the zoom range is solid - wide enough and just enough length for most things. For the price, it really can't be beat. The IS is also pretty amazing. Again, for shooting video it operates as well as a camcorder lens system. Pretty impressive. In the end, it is definitely 1) a step up from the 18-55 kit lens, 2) an awesome lens for video and a must for folks doing it, 3) it isn't as good as an L or comparable lenses, but it costs a heck of a lot less, and 4) it is a reasonable all-in-one and a must if you only want to buy one lens.

 
5.0

Best All-Around Walkaround lense

By

from Roanoke  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is an outstanding all purpose lense. It is all you will ever need for most situations. For everything else get the new 100-400 LS II. Wgat a great lense

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good but with a few unacceptable misses

By

from Minneapolis, MN

There are a few things that are not right which are unacceptable from a camera of this level and cost. HDMI output does not support 1080"p" nor "24p". So if you recorded in 1080 24p, while it will record it in that format correctly, it will not output faithfully. It will output it in 1080 60i ! Which is completely opposite of what this camera and brand stands for and that is good quality reproduction of images! Also I am quite disappointed about the Auto White Balance. Especially in artificial lighting. Again something that indoor/studio photographers need to be aware of as you Will need a gray card all the time.

 
5.0

Worth the money

By

from west valley city, Ut

This lens came with the camera but is one that I didn't own. Nice to have versatile. If you don't have it buy it.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from Louisiana

I am extremely happy with the performance of this lens. I am an advanced amateur with decades experience with many lenses. This lens is sharp throughout the F Stop range. The zoom range from wide to short telephoto allows me to compose most of what I want to photograph in camera. The image stabilization works. It is mounted on a Canon D70 and focus is instantaneous and reliable. Contrast which is my true measure of a lens is perfect.

 
5.0

Excellent Product

By

from North Alabama

I wanted to have more capability than the kit 18-55 lens. This lens will allow me to have more zoom plus still have wide angle. I plan to use this lens as my primary lens. I also have the 55-250 lens to use for shooting my grandson's baseball games. Canon products are of high quality, which makes for a good value.

 
5.0

Best all-purpose lens I've got

By

from Sacramento, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love this lens, it's so much better than the lens that came with my Canon. It shoots better close up photos, and has more zoom capabilities. That's what makes it so great as a regular go to lens.

 
5.0

Extremely quite

By

from New Jersey

The SPM series of lens are extremely quite and smooth focusing... You can not hear the focusing motor at all!... These are sometimes known as kit lens, 18-135 is matched with the 7D Markll and I'm using it for video filming I think it's a must, it's slightly and I mean slightly slower focusing but still very sharp not the greatest for sports ... It's an overall good lens but a must for video

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from Raleigh, NC

I bought the 7Dii as my back up camera and the kit lens was this lens. I normally don't shoot with a kit lens, but my first shoot was in Death Valley and I didn't want to haul a lot of gear, so I decided to shoot 1 full day with only the 7Dii and the 18-135 lens. I was amazed at the performance of this lens...silent, quick to focus and really sharp images. This will be my standard lens on this camera...maybe forever.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bad copy?

By

from Tampa Fl

After reading the reviews , I was expecting excellent performance. Not so. My copy of this lens failed to perform in every category except noise where it excelled and zoom/focus that was very good. Took it back.

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Harold R  What does the lock do and should it always be in the lock position in either AF or MF mode? There was no instruction manual for the lens in my camera/lens kit.
Andrew R  I believe that the "lock" you're referring to is the zoom ring lock which prevents the lens from accidentally extending.
Harold R  What does the lock do and should it always be in the lock position in either AF or MF mode? There was no instruction manual for the lens in my camera/lens kit.
Andrew R  I believe that the "lock" you're referring to is the zoom ring lock which prevents the lens from accidentally extending.
Shopper  is this lens compatible with the canon 6d?
KELLY S  I wouldn't go with this lens on a 6D. EF-S lens on an EF camera is not a good match...
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