Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom LensThe EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is a recently introduced standard zoom lens with a wide range of focal lengths, making it the ideal multi-purpose, travel and walk around lens that's likely to become a favorite of those using sub full-frame Canon EOS digital cameras.
In a Nutshell:
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm is a standard zoom lens that is being offered as a "kit" lens with the semi-pro Canon EOS 7D body, which suggests Canon holds the lens in high regard.
The jury is still out on some aspects of the lens, but user reviews are generally favorable, with the majority of users lauding the lens for its versatile zoom range (29-216mm equivalent) and all-round usefulness.
To combat camera shake, the 18-135mm incorporates Canon’s latest image stabilizer technology that Canon claims will provide up to four stops of camera shake compensation. Automatic tripod detection disables IS when a tripod is used, while auto panning detection turns off the IS in either the horizontal or vertical direction when following moving subjects.
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm is compatible with:
* EOS Digital Rebel (300D)
The lens will not fit on any EOS 35mm film bodies, or EOS digital cameras with full-frame sensors (1Ds and 5D range) or APS-H sensors (1D range).
User Review Roundup for Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
User Ratings Roundup:
Star Rating (max 5): 4.3
What Users Are Saying:
"An excellent walk around lens at an excellent price ."
"Buy this lens if you are looking to upgrade, have limited funds, and want more reach compared to the 18-55."
"While the 18-135 is generally a reasonible kit lens, it is not the right lens to do the capabilities of the advanced 7D justice."
"All in all, I would say this is a decent, above average lens targeted to the non-professional market."
"Lens creep is still a problem."
Manufacturer's Feature List for the 18-135mm:
* High power, all-purpose 7.5x, 29-216mm equivalent, EF-S zoom
* Extremely versatile, ideal for travel and walk around lens
See also Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS for a more standard zoom that's often supplied as a kit lens with Canon EOS entry-level digital SLR cameras, or return to Canon Lens Reports for additional articles.