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

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


tolerance goes. The mount is made of metal. This lens extends while zooming towards the greater central lengths, however, there is no wobbling of the inward tubes, not even at 135mm. Both the zoom and particularly the center ring work easily. Dissimilar to its forerunner, the focus ring does no more turn during AF usage – which is a decent esteem included from the new STM.

As of now, the EF-S 18-135mm STM IS includes an AF engine (STM). Shockingly the AF pace is high and we can affirm that the AF activity is much smoother contrasted with an ordinary USM AF engine. Also, AF operations are additionally quiet.

Regular for most Canon EF lenses, it highlights an image stabilizer which should offer an equal “increase” of up to 4 F-stops. In the genuine, you ought to expect to some degree not as much as that. The IS function is dynamic, so it switches naturally between static picture adjustment and panning.


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

General SpecificationCanon 50mm 1.8 STM
Focal Length18-135mm
Camera Mount TypeCanon EF-S
Format ComitabilityCanon APS-C
Angle of View74° 20' - 11° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance15.4”
Actual Weight16.4 oz
Aperture Range-Wide/ Long f/3.5-22 / f/5.6-38
Focus Ring Rotation360°
Lens Hood Included?N / EW-73B
Image StabilizationYES
Case Included?N / LP1116
Year Introduced?2012

Technical Specifications


At most extreme gap and 18mm sharpness is as of now excellent in the focal point of the edge, with the clarity towards the edges being not a long way behind. Crest sharpness is accomplished between F4 and F5.6 for this central length, and sharpness is magnificent over the casing at these gaps.

As is typically the case with zoom lenses covering an extensive variety of central lengths, sharpness falls away to some degree at greatest telephoto. Nevertheless, at F5.6 clarity in the focal point of the edge is still great, in spite of the fact that the quality accomplished towards the edges drops to acceptable levels.

Chromatic Aberration:

That chromatic aberration is the least demanding to spot at central lengths going from 18 to 35 mm, regardless of what opening you utilize, its level is close to 0.12%, thus, a quality we consider to be medium. At 70 mm, chromatic aberration gets to be intangible however it increments at the greatest central length. Yet, its level goes no higher than to the fringe amongst low and medium qualities.

It is really another great contention that you bargain here with a new optical development.

To resume, for a zoom lens with such a multiplier these outcomes are sensible and the variations, portrayed above, won’t trouble you, all things considered.

Shading or ”Vignetting”:

It’s genuinely regular for committed APS-C lenses to demonstrate a more claimed vignetting at maximum aperture settings. This Canon lens is no exception here particularly at 18mm with a somewhat great top vignetting of 1.55 F-stops. At 135mm, it is additionally fairly powerful at 0.9EV separately. When in doubt you ought to, for the most part, stop down a bit to dodge the issue.


All the popular and cheaper mega zooms typically have a lot of issues with the distortion correction and the 18–135 mm IS STM is not an exemption to this principle. At the widest angle, you manage barrel distortion adding up to as much as −4.22%.

It is tragically a considerable measure. Truth be told, the circumstance is more terrible than that; on the off chance that you look with the attention you can see hints of mustache distortion. Thus, it’s sufficient to pick a territory with corners cut out for the estimations, where the mustache twisting rectifies a bit the lines, and you can get an estimation of −4.95%. The antecedent of this lens fared correspondingly in this class.

Luckily such particular distortions are seen just at wide point. With the expansion of the focal length, the circumstance shows signs of improvement rapidly.

Buy this lens if:

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM is an entirely clear decision for those clients looking for a long all inclusive reach while keeping a fair picture quality. Canon’s IS comes conveniently on the off chance that you require some more potential for handheld photography.

On the off chance that your financial plan stops at the Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens’ sticker price, it well might be the right lens decision for you. It is a small, light, and sensibly estimated lens with image stabilization and an extraordinarily universally useful focal length range. This current lens’ video-particular capacities are another convincing motivation to pick it.

The image stabilization framework utilized as part of conjunction with the most recent era of EOS bodies is a low-light shooter’s fantasy ticket, making it simple to hand-hold the camera and still get the shot.

You need a general-purpose lens for regular shooting and it is offered with the EOS 650D camera body.

You would like a lens that requires no correction when you fit polarisers and graduated channels.

Don’t Buy this lens if:

You need high resolution for all focal lengths, with a great flatness of field, and especially for sports, or other action photography.

You need macro capabilities or close focusing. This may not be the best lens for nature or studio close-ups, even though they claim that is a great lens for this type of photography.


The 18-135mm zoom lens involves an intriguing position with regards to purchasing zoom lenses: it is not the length of the more advantageous zooms (18-200, for instance), however, it is more drawn out and abler than an 18-55mm unit lens. Canon has settled on a fascinating choice to stack the 18-135mm lens with its new STM engine.

Concerning the lens’ real execution, that is great but not astounding. You will have to go to the more costly L-glass series if you’d like some astonishing. However, for what it does, it does it extremely well, which means you get what you pay for, to say the least.

One More Thing.

The $550 you need to pay for the Canon is maybe not a little measure of cash but rather it is hard to call it extreme.

Walk through the below video to see the sample photos of the lens.

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  • I would say this lens seems good for “holiday” photography, when you always have your camera with you but might not want to carry around a whole bunch of extra lenses. 18-135 would cover most situations except may wildlife photography.
    550 dollars might be expensive for some people though. What would you recommend as an alternative for people with a smaller budget?

    • Hello Jojo, it’s hard to find in Canon cheap lens than $550 with that long focal length, but if the extra zooming is not mandatory I would recommend Canon EF-M 15-45mm it’s only $299.99 & suitable for holiday, street photos.

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