lensdop's reviews

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

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    light, silent, good focal range, new technic (STM), sharpness, image quality
    distortion at 18mm (although easily corrected in LR or something), not for FullFrame

    In a few months this became my favorite Canon APS-C Lens.
    It covers all the focal lengths I need, and it zooms and focuses realy good and silent.
    I use it on a Canon 600d/t3i.
    I have used an Canon 18-135 (previous model), Canon 28mm2.8, tamron 17-50 (no IS),
    canon 18-55 III, canon 18-55II(IS) and a Tokina 35mm2.8.
    But the 18-135 STM never leaves my camera, I never need to take it off my camera.
    Construction, focusing, sharpness and image quality is way better than the previous 18-135.

    In fact it is a whole new constucted lens. Differently build with the STM focus motor.
    A huge improvement from the older 18-135mm EF-S IS is that the zoom range from 24mm to 18mm has
    been spread-out on the zoom ring, so it's much easier to set precise wide-angle framing.
    On the previous lens, it was very cramped at the wide end.

    With manual-focus override and smooth zooming, it handles better than most Canon lenses.
    I also like the canon colors it produces. For my taste better than the 17-50 from tamron.

    reviewed September 18th, 2013 (purchased for $400)