Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Full Review [with sample photo]

Canon 18-135mm the cheapest telephoto lens.The 18-135mm  most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal length range, a low price, a relatively light weight/small package, and a very nice IS (Image Stabilization) implementation.   Its zoom range places it into the superzoom category, although its range is not as a border as several others lenses.

The original version of 18-135mm IS f/3.5-5.6 IS was introduced in 2009. After three years canon introduces a new version of this lens. In 2012 it was introduced it self  18-135mm IS f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.  A new auto focus technology was introduced in this lens. But in February 2016 it introduces the most exclusive 18-135mm IS f/3.5-5.6  IS USM lens.  New features are the new Nano USM and the possibility to connect the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, which allows a soft zoom for video.

Some major specification and major features are shown in this content


Features 18-135mm IS 18-135mm IS STM 18-135mm IS USM
 Full Frame Compatible No NO No
Imafe Stabilizer Yes YEs Yes
Environmental Sealing No No No
Ultrasonic Motor No No Yes
Stepping Motor No Yes No
Macro No No No
Zoom Lock Lever No Yes Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 0.45m (1.5ft) 0.39m (1.3ft) 0.39m (1.3ft)
Weight 455 g 480 g 515 g
Maximum Daimeter 75.4 mm 77 mm 77.4 mm
Filter Daimeter 67mm
Length 101 mm 96 mm 96 mm

The following table reflects the changes as you zoom:

Focal Length 18mm 24mm 35mm 50mm 85-135mm
Max. Aperture f/3.5 f/4 f/4.5 f/5 f/5.6
Min. Aperture f/22 f/25 f/29 f/32 f/36



This one is one of the cheapest telephoto lenses in canon line up. Each and every telephoto lens cost more than this one. Here is the best price list of Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.

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$269.99 $339.99 $444.00


The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is brilliant focusing system with AF/MF switch. The focusing ring of new IS USM lens is insanely awesome. Nano USM technology delivers fast focusing that is smooth and quiet for moviemaking. The Nano USM technology in the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM allows you to focus on your subject with exceptional speed.

it is possible to adjust focus manually without switching to manual focus mode by half-pressing the shutter button (this engages autofocus, which you can then override manually). Auto Focusing system gives you extra benefits if you want to make a movie.

Macro Performance

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is not the average for macro photography. A minimum close-focusing distance of 39cm (1′, 4″) and a magnification of 0.28x which is really below the average for quality macro photos.

Chromatic Aberration

Chromatic aberration is the lens’ inability to focus on the sensor or film all colors of visible light at the same point. CA is noticeable as magenta-green fringing on edges of high-contrast areas, at wide and telephoto focal lengths: in the mid-range, between 35mm and 50mm, chromatic aberration is quite well-controlled. CA is controlled slightly better with the lens used at wider aperture settings rather than stopped-down. But the difference is slightly noticeable.

Image Quality

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is great for Landscape, Portrait, Travel & outdoor Photography. Image quality is also very good in birding. The telephoto lens helps you to capture birds photography. Combined with a versatile focal range, it allows you to capture dramatic landscapes.

Wedding photographer like this lens not only for portraits photography but also for group photos. In 18mm to 135mm, you will get almost same image quality. No matter you have a prime lens or not you can be solved your purpose by this lens. I know if I show some awesome image which I am taken by Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS  STM lens than everything will be clear. So have a look of the sample image of different categories taken by Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens:

Sample Image



Over To You

When you buy a great gear you need a great lens to use your gear properly. I think Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS  USM is the perfect choice for the support your great gear. If you have this lens trust me you don’t need any others prime, zoom or wide-angle lens. Wildlife, Landscape, Street,Portrait whatever you want you can do with this lens.This one is really a compact combination of all other lenses.

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