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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Image Stabilized AutoFocus Wide Angle Telephoto Zoom Lens - USA

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About Canon 28-135mm

This Canon 28-135mm Bundle comes with $9.95 worth of free accessories including a New Leaf PLUS 1yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free!

Standard zoom lens with an Image Stabilizer and high zoom ratio. With the Image Stabilizer turned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or a tripod. Very handy for places where flash is prohibited. Uses ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocus and full-time manual focus. Closest focusing distance is 20 in. (50 cm).

The Canon 28-135mm is commonly used for Art, Back-up, Documentary, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 28-135mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Beginner, Casual user, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 28-135mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 28-135mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Image stabilization, Lightweight, Price, Quiet, Rugged, Simple controls, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Canon 28-135mm Specifications

12 groups /16 elements
Angle of view
75° - 18°
F stop range
3.5-22 (5.6-36)
Closest Focusing Distance
0.5m / 1.6 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.8" x 3.1" / 96.8 x 78.4mm
18.9 oz. / 540g
Mfr #

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Most Liked Positive Review


Don't drop it !

When I first bought this lens in late 1990's, I love it. A few yrs. later, we dropped a Canon AE1 film camera ,the 28-135mm, & flash unit attached, from height of 4.5 ft...all needed repair. A few wks. after repair the Image Stablizing feature started vibrating (Buzzing) and was sent back in at least 3 times...this problem will not stay fixed. and using the IS results in badly blured we use it with out the IS. MY POINT IS : IF YOU DROP THIS LENS IT MAY NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN REP

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When I first bought this lens in late 1990's, I love it. A few yrs. later, we dropped a Canon AE1 film camera ,the 28-135mm, & flash unit attached, from height of 4.5 ft...all needed repair. A few wks. after repair the Image Stablizing feature started vibrating (Buzzing) and was sent back in at least 3 times...this problem will not stay fixed. and using the IS results in badly blured we use it with out the IS. MY POINT IS : IF YOU DROP THIS LENS IT MAY NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN REPAIR OR NOT. Today 2011 we still use this lens with out the IS, but after putting my camera bag in an over head Airplane compartment, it now is getting stuck at the 35mm range and the 70mm zoom range...I think some one jammed their carry-on bag with wheels into the side on my Canon "padded" camera bag. I am going to replace this lens with the 24mm-104mm and hope I get a sturdy one. I will miss the zoom of 135mm though. I am now using s 5D Mark 2 Digital (Full frame). CONs....28 -135mm was only sharp in the center and had purple fringe on the edges with the digitals. I don't know if the age of my Lens would make this problem...I had this lens refurbished by Canon in the last 2 - 3 years.


Most Liked Negative Review


clean contacts error

From the moment I got this lens with my canon 7d I received a clean contacts error. I clean them and I can take anywhere from 1 to 15 photos and I get the error again. itried the lens on my rebel camera and the same thing happens. No amount of cleaning fixes this. Wish I had saved the dollars and bought the body only.

Reviewed by 163 customers


4 stars


Have been using g this lens off and on now for 6 months. it's a nice lens for the money pros: price is right, light to carry on trials auto Fucus is fast enough for people and pets. Nice to use in landscape shooting cons: the lens creeps down when shooting down. Not a problem when you learn how to use both hands to work it


poor quality


Had to be send back to be repaired under warranty, outofocus didn't work. Now after one year, and very little use lens zoom is so loose that has to be hold by hand. when camera is left hanging in the shoulder strap lens opens all the way by itself.


Big good lens


All my friends told me this lens was very big and that they like it they wanted to have one like this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


My trust Versatile Go-To Lens


I have been using this lens soon after it came out around the turn of the century. It was purchased with the film SLR Rebel 2000 and since 2010 on T2i. In addition to this 28-135, I also own a 50mm F1.8, a recent purchased 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, and the EF-S18-55mm IS kit lens that came with T2i. It is the primary general-use lens attached to my T2i. The other lenses are the alternates only used when the occasions demand their applications. I have taken thousands of shot with this lens on travel, in-door and out-door events such as orchid show, wedding, air shows and have been very happy with the results. I have also been shooting wildlife with it and have high quantity of superior results. Every lens has its own character. Knowing its strength is the way to take good pictures. I set the aperture at around 8 on T2i's AV mode and use this mode frequently when I ask for sharpness from this lens. It's excellent macro capability is often more convenient than the 70-200mm L for close-up shots. It's true this is not a perfect lens like some other reviews picked on it -- it's not wide enough (I found myself pulling out my smart phone often these days instead of changing lens for wide angle shots), and not long enough for some bird shots, etc. However, the 28-135mm handles most situations very respectfully and dependably. It's going to be as my prime go-to lens as it has been for the past 15 years.


Great Lens for Photo Walking with my 5D


I bought this Canon EF 28-135 IS lens used and it is excellent for photo walking / travel photography with my Canon 5D Classic (which I also bought used). Both this EF 28-135 IS Lens and my Canon 5D classic were purchased used grade E from Adorama. I am really enjoying my full-frame photography experience with the lens-camera combination.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The Best All-Around Lens


I have used a mid-range zoom lens as a primary lens for over 40 years. When I made the transition from film to digital I knew exactly the Canon lens I wanted, and haven't been disappointed in my choice of another mid-range zoom. In fact, the Canon EF 28-135mm offers me much greater latitude than my earlier film zoom lenses that didn't have new features and slightly broader focal range. The lens' range is all most photographers need 75% of the time. I watch all the show-offs with their phallic symbols, who don't know how to use them, and all I'm using is a utilitarian zoom lens (but, a Canon). For the serious-amateur, at least, if you are going to buy and use Canon, this is all the lens you will need most of the time. The pro, maybe not. I don't need to 'push' my lenses like a pro yet still come up with award-winning photographs using my Canon EF 28-135mm. My interests are in landscape competition, press/feature, and stock photography. I use a Canon 40D, primarily, with a select array of Canon lenses. I also own and use other Canon cameras depending on need, especially my G-12.


Decent all around lens


I am an advanced beginner in photography, shooting digital for the last 5 years. This lens is a good overall walk around lens, with sharpness being an issue only at the widest angle. The lens does zoom itself put, especially when carrying it on your shoulder or pointing it downwards. It tends to be a bit annoying because almost every time you need to take a shot, the lens is fully zoomed in. Aside from that, it does take pretty decent macro shots, and the bokeh is pretty good when you are zoomed in all the way. The only downsides are the not fast aperture, and lack of rounded aperture blades. Barrel distortion also comes into play at the widest angle, along with chromatic aberration unless you stop the lens down to around f6.3 or 7.1




When I purchased my EOS 7D, I chose a package which contained the EF 28-135 IS USM lens because I figured it would be better than the EF-S option and because I wanted to be able to use it when I upgrade to a full-frame camera. Fortunately, it wasn't too costly a mistake. The good: The image stablization system works very well. Focus speed, as a result of the USM, is also fast and reliably accurate. The large-ish rubber zooming grip is also quite comfortable to use. The bad: Lens "drift" is not descriptive enough. I barely flick my wrist and the lens flies fo the telephoto end. Dust? Likely as a result of the looseness and general lack of build quality, the lens has dust particles inside and on multiple elements. This doesn't affect the image quailty too much, unless there's a light source in the frame. Images are soft, even when stopped down to f/8, color is muted and requires a rather large saturation bump in post processing, and contrast (yes, I have a lens hood) is lacking. I suggest that anyone thinking about purchasing this lens as a package consider purchasing the body only and applying the cost difference toward a higher-quality lens.


easy clear pictures


I shoot landscape, animal and grandkids with this lens. It is easy to focus, takes very clear pictures and gives the extra power needed for the photos taken within 30ft.


A heavier lens but a great product!


I bought this lens for the 28-135mm feature and it image stabilization. It is definitely a heavier lens than the 28-85mm lens, but it takes a better picture with the image stabilization. Again, consumers can trust Adorama's assessment of lenses. My lens was ranked as "E" but looks brand new. Amazing.


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CURTIS R  I purchased 2 ea. 600 flashes and 2 Cheetah power packs. The Cheetah power pack output is 11vdc. The required voltage for the 600 is 6vdc. The 600's keep overheating and slow down. The manufacturer says the 11vdc is not the problem, it is the protection circuit in the flash. Anyone else have this problem? Solutions?
Margaret N  I purchased my lens to do and teach street photography and night trails in our town. For night trail this has proved to be an excellent lens. Through nothing I do this lens changes streetlights into stars. I have also had great luck light drawing with it. I recommend this lens all the time. Yes I would buy this again.
Shopper  is this lens new or refurbished?
DANIEL A  I prefer only to purchase new camera equipment. This lens was a new item not refurbished
Shopper  is this lens new or refurbished?
DANIEL A  I prefer only to purchase new camera equipment. This lens was a new item not refurbished
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