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

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


The constructed nature of the Canon lens is marginally better contrasted with the common low-end/”spending plan” – class zoom lens from Canon. The plastic quality is not very bad and the lens feels really “tight” as far as construct resistances goes. The lens’ mount is made entirely of metal. The lens amplifies while zooming towards the more extended central lengths, however, there is no sign of wobbling of the internal tubes, not even at the 135mm setting. The zoom and centering rings work very smooth despite the fact that they don’t shout “quality” here. Luckily Canon figured out how to keep a static front component so it’s no issue to utilize polarizers.

The lens utilizes a customary AF micro-motor, as opposed to the classic Canon USM. Be that as it may, the AF rate is by and large fine, less so the precision at the wide end. There is no FTM (full-time manual concentrating) however. The 18-135mm elements an Optical Image Stabilizer for rectifications up to 4 stops, at any rate, as it is indicated by Canon. All things considered, this appears somewhat idealistic so make it a 3-stop outside of lab conditions.

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

General SpecificationCanon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length18 - 135mm
Camera Mount TypeCanon EF-S
Format ComitabilityCanon APS-C
Angle of View74° 20' -11° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance19.3” / 17.7”
Actual Weight15.9 oz
Aperture Range-Wide/ Long f/3.5-22 / f/5.6-38
Focus Ring Rotation60°
Lens Hood Included?N / EW-73B
Image StabilizationNO
Case Included?N / LP1116
Year Introduced?2009

Technical Specifications


Taking a gander at the lens at its greatest aperture settings, it performs entirely well at the cost tag. Completely open at F3.5 at its most stretched-out point of 18mm, this lens is sharp in the center, decreasing out to marginally delicate corners, and zooming into 24-50mm delivers significantly more keen results, even open at F/4-5 at those central lengths. At 85mm corner, delicate quality slopes up rapidly while as yet giving a sharp focus. Still, the corners are quite preferable at 135mm over 85mm, both of which have an opening of F5.6.

Halting down the lens enhances sharpness results over every single central length, and the ideal sharpness settings are F8 and 50mm, where the lens is tack-sharp over the casing. At F16 and 85-135mm, we take note of some softer images.

Completely ceased down execution is reasonable at wide point, normal at 50mm, and entirely soft with 85-135mm.

Chromatic Aberration:

Chromatic aberration is discernible as maroon green bordering on edges of high-differentiation regions, at the wide and the telephoto central lengths. In the mid-range, meaning somewhere around 35mm and 50mm, chromatic aberration is entirely controlled.

Beneath 35mm chromatic aberration is controlled somewhat better with the lens utilized at more extensive gap settings as opposed to halted down, and above 50mm, it truly doesn’t have any kind of effect on what gap you utilize.

Shading or ”Vignetting”:

Corner shading is just huge when the lens is utilized with more extensive gap settings; the worst possibility imaginable results in the corners being darker than the inside when the lens is utilized at F/3.5 and 18mm.

At some other setting completely open it’s not as much as that, and except for 18mm, some other central length halted down to F8 or littler basically delivers no light falloff.


The mind-boggling exhibit of lens components that permits the range of central lengths in this lens prompts some sensational results for distortion.

At the point when utilized as a part of the wide edge design, the lens gives uniform barrel distortion up to 21mm, with notable distortion in the corners (1.25% is entirely observable). Beyond 21mm, distortion over the edge remains reliably barrel-distorted, however at a modestly low level (0.2%, overall) and the corner distortion transforms into the pincushion (“crush”) style.

The most terrible pincushion distortion appears at 35-50mm when the corners show about – 0.6% pincushion distortion. Post-handling would be necessary to amend for these impacts.

Buy this lens if:

The 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS lens is a recently presented standard zoom lens with an extensive variety of central lengths, making it the perfect multi-reason, walk around, and travel lens that is prone to wind up a most loved of those utilizing a sub full-outline Canon EOS camera.

The EF-S 18-135mm IS turns into Canon’s standard pack lens for purchasers of mid-reach EOS bodies or the individuals who just need an option that is longer than the fundamental 18-55mm IS. What’s more, it’s surely long: with the 7.5x range that reaches out from wide-point to genuinely effective telephoto, it’s just out-gunned in Canon’s extent by the 18-200mm IS super-zoom.

Moreover, this is an excellent leave-in lens for wedding photographers, who may not have the time to switch between lenses during a ceremony. It is also an excellent choice for portraiture for mid- or long-end. Last, but not least, it is great for landscapes, wildlife or sports photography, but only in good light.

Don’t Buy this lens if:

At the point when shooting pictures with solid light sources in the edge, this lens can be entirely helpless to flare and loss of complexity, particularly at 18mm. The light sources outside of the casing can likewise bring about a bunch of splendidly shaded ghosts to show up over the picture range if the light strikes the front component of the lens.

As clarified in the point of interest, the 18-135mm IS performs well at the cost, yet don’t expect supernatural performances. Like all lenses with long optical extents, it experiences very perceptible geometric distortion and vignetting (even though the last can be viably redressed utilizing programming or as a part of the camera on late bodies), and the corners are likewise delicate at bigger openings. In case you’re the sort of individual who needs sharpness over the whole casing even at bigger openings, you’ll have to spend more on a model like the 15-85mm IS USM.


The Canon 18-135mmF/3.5-5.6 IS is accessible as a pack lens choice for a few Canon camera bodies, and it is a magnificent all-purpose lens. Also, for the cash, it gives great execution: it doesn’t have to be ceased down too much to give sharp results, and the results for light falloff, distortion, and chromatic aberration are not past the pale of what you could expect in this classification of the lens.

With the variety of lenses accessible to service this scope of central lengths, there’s no unmistakable motivation to pick this specific lens over different decisions, for example, Canon’s great 18-200mm, or a 15-85mm or even a 55-250mm mix. All things considered, proprietors of this lens ought to be more than fulfilled by the execution it offers.

One More Thing.

Because many people could buy this lens at a markdown with a camera pack, it might be a preferred worth over the full soliciting cost of £300. On the off chance that Canon would supply a hood with the lens instead of requesting a further £25, then a portion of the issues with flare would be fixed and the lens would have stunningly better esteem.

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  • I appreciate the detail you’ve put into this review. I’ve been going over in my mind about purchasing a Canon camera and which lenses to use. As you mention about the 18-55mm, then you’d have a 55-250mm to take pictures with, just having the 18-135mm would be one lens to handle the majority of shots.

    I still think it would be a good idea about having a quality wide angle and 50mm for other pictures, what do you say?

    • Hello Travis, thanks for stopping by, yeah it’s good start to have a wide angle lens which will cover landscape,street photography shots & also a cheap prime lens like Canon 50 mm F/1.8 for sharp portrait photos.

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