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

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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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (103),Fast / accurate auto-focus (95),Easily mounted (82),Clear glass (72),Lightweight (71),Simple controls (68),Consistent output (64),Easily interchangeable (60),Durable (48),Fast auto-focus (33),Rugged (27),Easy to clean (13) Superior build quality (13),Image stabilization (12),Super-sharp images (11),Quiet (10),Price (6),Nice bokeh (4),Sharp images (4),Inexpensive (3),IS (3),Versatile (3),Good value (3) View All
Cons:
Lens creep (43),Heavy (34),Poor build quality (20),Semi-sharp images (19),Glass not sharp (18),Poor in low light (11),Slow focus (7),Slow auto-focus (6),Weak casing (5),A little heavy (4),Construction not strong (4),Difficult to clean (3) No lens hood (3),Blurry focus (3) View All
Best Uses:
Travel (86),Fun (72),General purpose (54),Photojournalism (49),Landscape/scenery (38),Sports/action (25),Art (22),Weddings (21),Documentary (20),Portraits (19),Low light (16),Night photography (16) Landscape photography (12),Wildlife (12),Wildlife photos (12),Macro photography (11),Upgrade (9),Video (7),Back-up (5),Great picture quality (5),Special effects (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (65),Professional (27),Photo enthusiast (22),Casual user (16),Semi-professional (16),Semi-pro photographer (13),Beginner (9),Pro photographer (9),Casual photographer (5)

Canon 28-135mm Specifications

Construction
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
1:5.26
Filter Size
72mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.8" x 3.1" / 96.8 x 78.4mm
Weight
18.9 oz. / 540g
Mfr #
2562A002
SKU
CA28135ISU

Canon 28-135mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 275 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (136)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Overall good Lens

This is a good lens for the price. Overall build is good. You do get lens creep when point down. The seals are poor and you do get dust in the elements. What do you expect for that price! The AF is good but sometimes slow. It is not the Ring type HSM found on the L and higher lenses. But still good AF for this lens. IS on the lens is old and needs to be updated. Only a 3 stop IS. Still good when you need to shoot handheld or when losing light. Be sure to turn off IS when not using it. This wi...

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This is a good lens for the price. Overall build is good. You do get lens creep when point down. The seals are poor and you do get dust in the elements. What do you expect for that price! The AF is good but sometimes slow. It is not the Ring type HSM found on the L and higher lenses. But still good AF for this lens. IS on the lens is old and needs to be updated. Only a 3 stop IS. Still good when you need to shoot handheld or when losing light. Be sure to turn off IS when not using it. This will help the IS last longer. The 28-135mm (44-216mm @ 1.6 aps-c) is a good range. The canon 18-200mm lens is poor overall and especially in image quality compare to the 28-135mm (for those who are thinking of that lens). The image quality would be a 3.9 of 5. Five being a L-Series lens. At 28-70 mm range for highest image quality an f/5.6 to f/8.0 and at 70-135mm range f/8.0 to f/11 I would recommend. Any other ranges of f-stops not listed would be average to poor image quality. Barrel distortion at 28mm will be noticeable. At 70mm the pincushion distortion becomes noticeable and continues through 135mm. With the 40D vignetting is slightly apparent below 35mm. For the price this is a very good lens. Mostly suited for amateurs and intermediates, this lens is a top choice. This lens I use with my 40D.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Limited Usage Lens

This came with my 40D as the kit lens. It has good autofocus, I love the IS, and when in a controlled/bright light situation that doesn't require a fast shutter speed, you can really get some very nice shots with this lens. When zoomed to 135mm, however, the f/5.6 just doesn't let in enough light to allow for a fast shutter speed. Time and time again I've tried to use this at 135 and have been disappointed, even with a high ISO. At this point, I only have this and the 50mm f/1.4, and use the ...

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This came with my 40D as the kit lens. It has good autofocus, I love the IS, and when in a controlled/bright light situation that doesn't require a fast shutter speed, you can really get some very nice shots with this lens. When zoomed to 135mm, however, the f/5.6 just doesn't let in enough light to allow for a fast shutter speed. Time and time again I've tried to use this at 135 and have been disappointed, even with a high ISO. At this point, I only have this and the 50mm f/1.4, and use the 50 about 90% of the time because I'm just not that satisfied with this lens and know that I can only use it in very specific situations.

Reviewed by 275 customers

 
1.0

poor quality

By

from Miami, Fl

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.

 
5.0

Big good lens

By

from illinois

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)

 
5.0

My trust Versatile Go-To Lens

By

from Florida

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.

 
5.0

Great Lens for Photo Walking with my 5D

By

from Alabama  -  Photo Enthusiast

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)

 
4.0

The Best All-Around Lens

By

from Middle Tennessee

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.

 
3.0

Decent all around lens

By

from Undisclosed

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

 
2.0

Disappointing

By

from Undisclosed

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.

 
4.0

easy clear pictures

By

from phx az  -  Casual Photographer

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.

 
5.0

A heavier lens but a great product!

By

from Harrisburg, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

 
5.0

After over 7 years of Use

By

from Seattle, WA

This lens is a great travel lens. It works wonderfully with my 40d and 5d. While not the sharpest lens in my bag it is more than adequate for travel and snap shots. The image stabilization does it jobs and I can shoot hand held with out issue--I do bump up the ISO when necessary just because I like fast shutter speeds. I have not experienced the lens slippage mentioned so much in the other reviews. However, having read about the lens slippage issue several years ago--I do not push and pull on the barrel at all (as I don't want the lens to start slipping). The build quality to me is very good and the quality of contrast/sharpness is acceptable. The best way to tell if this lens will meet your needs is to head your local camera store for some test shots with your camera and review/pixel peak if you like at home. Also, if slippage is a concern inspect the lens at the store --turn it facing down--that will tell you a story. I really like my 28-135mm and based on my experience--I can recommend this as a very good travel lens.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOSEPH P  Good, all-purpose lens for range. Should be the only lens he needs (but perhaps not the only lens he wants).
Cathy K  Will this lens work with EOS Rebel T3i? Looking for a lens to cover about 55-75. What would you recommend?
JEAN P  Yes, the EF 28-135 lens will work on the T3i; however, keep in mind that the EF series of lenses are more truly a full frame lens whereas the sensor on the T3i is of the APS-C format. So you will have a 1.6X magnification ratio on the EF series when attached to a body with an APS-C sensor, making this roughly a 44-216mm lens on the T3i body. Canon does off an EF-S 18-135mm lens as well as a EF-S 17-85mm lens. The EF-S series of lenses by Canon are designed exclusively for use on bodies with the AFS-C format which include all the Rebel series of cameras up to and including the new T5i camera. Hope this helps you.
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?
JOHN B  Nothing to do with the lens
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