Reviews and Problems with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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Value for money 6
Overall quality 8
Good Starter lens
25 May 2014
Conclusion: This lens has a good focal range but with a constant vignetting problem. The auto focus works well in daylight, however searches too much in less adequate outdoor and indoor lighting situations. The lens is built well despite the other issues and would make a good starter lens. I like how this lens and other canon starter kit lenses have metal connection points to the lens bayonet, it increases durability when compared to lenses that have cheap plastic connection points.
Pros: sharp images, good focal range, quick image stabilization
Summary: My new Canon Rebel SL1 was a Christmas gift and it came without a len kit. I checked on line for a recommeded upgrade from the starter kit and found the EF-S 18-135mm and it gives me such a great range of photos to take from close up to zoom in on large landscaping photos. Very clear and focused pictures. I'm a newbie with SLR cameras but very happy with this lens.
Excerpt: i'm pretty much an amateur user but like to take a lot of pictures. I have a Canon T4i. Have used a number of lenses in the past and find it a hassle to be constantly changing lenses. This gives me about the most versatility I could want. The focus is very fast and quiet. Have taken a few movies and seems to work very well. No problems at all so far. Arrived quickly and price was OK. Accessories work as expected.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Summary: I recently took this lens to Six Flags for a family vacation. That was the only lens I needed! Exactly what I bought it for. If you are like me and try to change lenses in the middle of the park, you know how frustrating it it to try and take a shot and realize you do not have enough zoom, or enough wide angle for your shot. Besides, carrying an extra lens for those occasions can become a burden after a while.
Conclusion: I have seven Canon lenses and this is my favorite. 18 - 135 covers 95% of my photography. I also have the 18 - 200 but prefer the 18 - 135 for the lighter weight. In situations where 135 is not as much zoom as I'd like, I simply crop the photo to get the area I wanted to zoom in on. With an 18 megapixel T4i I can crop and expand a surprisingly small area and still have amazing quality in the finished photo. I travel a LOT, and this camera and lens go with me everywhere.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
Summary: I've been shooting with Canon for over 20 years and have used a lot of different lenses. I bought this one for my wife when she got her Rebel T1i. This is definitely a step up from the "kit" lenses that Canon bundles with their entry-level DSLRs. The 18-135 focal range is great range for someone who doesn't want to carry and change out extra lenses. The fact that it has IS is a huge bonus. We rarely have to use a flash thanks to that.