Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Announced Sep 1, 2009 •
Lens | Canon EF-S
whyukon
 
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This lens came as the kit lens on my 60D. I made the mistake of reading the mixed (at best) reviews of this lens, which initially negatively biased my opinion. After having used this lens now for several months, my opinion of this lens has improved. This is a very versatile lens, and a definite step up from the basic 18-55mm kit lens. The focal range of this 18-135mm covers most of what you need in a do-everything walk-around lens. You could go with an 18-200 or even an 18-270mm lens, but ...

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fototakerSF
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SHARP, very SHARP!! i dont like using it often because the lens doesnt lock, so it hangs on my r-strap with lens extended. all images distant and close are VERY sharp!

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fastHID
 
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I've had 2 of these lenses, both came as the 'kit' lens with a 60D. There are plenty of test reports available on this lens, and it delivers great bang for the buck. Good color rendition, a very handy focal length range, and my example seems to be sharper than test results would have you believe. I don't use the long end too much, but it is there if needed. My only real criticism is the front group is heavy enough that it will change focal length if you lean forward, it could use a lock or ...

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well, i purchased this as uprade from kit 18-55 IS and that was my first wrong in photography. The range is very very good for walk-around, from ultra-wide to mid-tele (and of course, shouldnot far expecting). But the problem are (1) its weight and long size -> not balance when shooting; (2) focus -> seems lower than kit and keep hunting although enough light; and (3) <IMPORTANT> too soft -> not only portrait shooting but also landscape, from morning to evening, from city centre to forest, ...

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jack hewetson
 
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I have now had my 18-135 for over a year, which i purchased with my first DSLR; the 550D. In the first 8 months of purchase i thought that this lens was the best you could buy-( as i did not know a thing about what good or bad lenses were- just went by the price) Now i have done research into lenses and have come to it that no this lens is not the best around....also purchasing a 50mm f/1.8 has shown me this... BUT that does not mean i am writing off this lens! it is extremely versatile in ...

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I have recently bought a 17-55 f/2.8 after I sold the 18-135, I thought that I was upgrading from a kit lens to a pro lens, honestly I really, truly, madly regret selling it!!!! After extensive research, both personal and outsiders opinions, it lies somewhere over the 17-85, over the 28-135 and under the 15-85 in terms of IQ, in terms of value for money, I think it's sitting there on top of all with a cape!!! It never let me down, it even has less aberration than the 17-55. Believe it or not! ...

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PhilipY
 
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My Canon EOS550D came with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I have to confess I didn't quite like the picture quality obtained from it. For want of a better word pictures turned out soft and lacking in contrast. Even the cheap and plasticky Canon 50mm f/1.8 produced better pictures for me. Furthermore the zoom range of the 18-55mm wasn't long enough so I began looking around on the Internet for a substitute. I wanted it to be a Canon lens. I came across the Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and read a lot ...

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This lens is at the cheap end of the spectrum but seems to work fine and covers a very seful range in one lens. It won't satisfy the pro's but fundamentally the pictures are fine and it is worth the extra over the 18-55mm kit lens for the extra zoom. Problems: Just the standard issues with this lens - some barrell distortion and vignetting, but lightroom sorts it out.

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