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.
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
Excerpt: I wanted an all purpose lens, one I could use for a wide variety of picture taking without having to change lenses. I am retired and do quite a bit of traveling and take a lot of scenic and landscape pictures. There are many times I don't want to take a camera bag with additional lenses and don't want to be frequently changing lenses. This lens fills the bill perfectly for that. It is just about perfect for its intended use.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Great optical quality