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

18-135’s most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal range, a low price, a relatively small / small package, and a very good IS (Image Stabilization) implementation. I like that 18-135 focusing internally – and filters do not rotate when focusing. Image stabilization is a 18-135 IS feature that helps ensure the highest image quality possible. Canon rates this IS implementation at 4 stops. Specific testing with this lens and IS switched off indicated that I need shutter speeds of 1/25 at 18mm and 1/160 at 135mm for a good keeper rate.


Lens Specifications
NameCanon EF-S 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS
Image CircleAPS-C
TypeStandard Zoom
Focal Length18 – 135mm
APS Equivalent29 – 216mm
Max Apertureƒ/3.5 – 5.6
Min Apertureƒ/22 – 38
Diaphragm Blades6 (rounded)
Lens Construction16 elements in 12 groups, including UD and aspherical elements
Diagonal Angle of View (Based on image circle)74.3 to 11.5 degrees
Focus DetailsInner focusing; AF/MF switch with micro DC motor
Front Element RotationNo
Zoom SystemRotary
Closest Focus0.45m / 1.5 ft.
Magnification Ratio0.21x / 1:4.8
Filter Size67mm
Dimensions(Length x Diameter)101mm x 75mm / 4.0 in. x 3.0 in.
Weight455g / 16 oz
NotesEF-S lens mount, exclusively for bodies with APS-C sensors. Image Stabilization up to 4-stops. Optional lens hood.