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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens - 2562A002

Abt Model: 2562A002
$479.00  
28 To 135mm Focal Length/ 16 Elements In 12 Groups Construction/ Inner Focusing System With USM/ 1.6 Feet Closest Focusing Distance/ Rotating Zoom System/ Black Finish
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3.7 (67 reviews) 3.5

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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens, Model 2562A002

Standard zoom lens with an Image Stabilizer and high zoom ratio. With the Image Stabilizer turned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or a tripod. Very handy for places where flash is prohibited. Uses ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocus and full-time manual focus. Closest focusing distance is 20 in. (50cm).

Specifications:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 28-135mm; 1:3.5, 5-5.6
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 75°- 18°
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.5m / 1.6 ft.
  • Zoom System: Rotating Type
  • Filter Size: 72mm

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Max Diameter: 3.1"
  • Length: 3.8"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1.18 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs


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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens
 
3.7

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (2)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast auto-focus (33)
  • Superior build quality (13)
  • Super-sharp images (11)
  • Great picture quality (3)

Cons

  • Poor build quality (20)
  • Semi-sharp images (19)
  • Lens creep (7)
  • Slow auto-focus (6)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Overall good Lens

    This is a good lens for the price. Overall build is good. You do get lens creep when point down. The seals are poor and you do get dust in the elements. What...Read complete review

    This is a good lens for the price. Overall build is good. You do get lens creep when point down. The seals are poor and you do get dust in the elements. What do you expect for that price! The AF is good but sometimes slow. It is not the Ring type HSM found on the L and higher lenses. But still good AF for this lens. IS on the lens is old and needs to be updated. Only a 3 stop IS. Still good when you need to shoot handheld or when losing light. Be sure to turn off IS when not using it. This will help the IS last longer. The 28-135mm (44-216mm @ 1.6 aps-c) is a good range. The canon 18-200mm lens is poor overall and especially in image quality compare to the 28-135mm (for those who are thinking of that lens). The image quality would be a 3.9 of 5. Five being a L-Series lens. At 28-70 mm range for highest image quality an f/5.6 to f/8.0 and at 70-135mm range f/8.0 to f/11 I would recommend. Any other ranges of f-stops not listed would be average to poor image quality. Barrel distortion at 28mm will be noticeable. At 70mm the pincushion distortion becomes noticeable and continues through 135mm. With the 40D vignetting is slightly apparent below 35mm. For the price this is a very good lens. Mostly suited for amateurs and intermediates, this lens is a top choice. This lens I use with my 40D.

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    Limited Usage Lens

    This came with my 40D as the kit lens. It has good autofocus, I love the IS, and when in a controlled/bright light situation that doesn't require a fast shutter speed, you...Read complete review

    This came with my 40D as the kit lens. It has good autofocus, I love the IS, and when in a controlled/bright light situation that doesn't require a fast shutter speed, you can really get some very nice shots with this lens. When zoomed to 135mm, however, the f/5.6 just doesn't let in enough light to allow for a fast shutter speed. Time and time again I've tried to use this at 135 and have been disappointed, even with a high ISO. At this point, I only have this and the 50mm f/1.4, and use the 50 about 90% of the time because I'm just not that satisfied with this lens and know that I can only use it in very specific situations.

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    4.0

    The Best All-Around Lens

    By Cris

    from Middle Tennessee

    Pros

    • Superior build quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

        I have used a mid-range zoom lens as a primary lens for over 40 years. When I made the transition from film to digital I knew exactly the Canon lens I wanted, and haven't been disappointed in my choice of another mid-range zoom. In fact, the Canon EF 28-135mm offers me much greater latitude than my earlier film zoom lenses that didn't have new features and slightly broader focal range. The lens' range is all most photographers need 75% of the time. I watch all the show-offs with their phallic symbols, who don't know how to use them, and all I'm using is a utilitarian zoom lens (but, a Canon). For the serious-amateur, at least, if you are going to buy and use Canon, this is all the lens you will need most of the time. The pro, maybe not. I don't need to 'push' my lenses like a pro yet still come up with award-winning photographs using my Canon EF 28-135mm. My interests are in landscape competition, press/feature, and stock photography. I use a Canon 40D, primarily, with a select array of Canon lenses. I also own and use other Canon cameras depending on need, especially my G-12.

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        3.0

        Decent all around lens

        By Bulletz

        from Undisclosed

        Pros

        • Fast auto-focus
        • Image Stabilizer
        • Metal mount
        • wide angle to short tele

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • image sharpness varies
        • lack of wide aperture
        • lens slippage
        • Mainly plastic
        • No Lens Hood
        • Semi-sharp images

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

          I am an advanced beginner in photography, shooting digital for the last 5 years. This lens is a good overall walk around lens, with sharpness being an issue only at the widest angle. The lens does zoom itself put, especially when carrying it on your shoulder or pointing it downwards. It tends to be a bit annoying because almost every time you need to take a shot, the lens is fully zoomed in. Aside from that, it does take pretty decent macro shots, and the bokeh is pretty good when you are zoomed in all the way. The only downsides are the not fast aperture, and lack of rounded aperture blades. Barrel distortion also comes into play at the widest angle, along with chromatic aberration unless you stop the lens down to around f6.3 or 7.1

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          2.0

          Disappointing

          By Mark McMillan

          from Undisclosed

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Image Stabilization

          Cons

          • Low Image Quality
          • Poor build quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

            When I purchased my EOS 7D, I chose a package which contained the EF 28-135 IS USM lens because I figured it would be better than the EF-S option and because I wanted to be able to use it when I upgrade to a full-frame camera. Fortunately, it wasn't too costly a mistake. The good: The image stablization system works very well. Focus speed, as a result of the USM, is also fast and reliably accurate. The large-ish rubber zooming grip is also quite comfortable to use. The bad: Lens "drift" is not descriptive enough. I barely flick my wrist and the lens flies fo the telephoto end. Dust? Likely as a result of the looseness and general lack of build quality, the lens has dust particles inside and on multiple elements. This doesn't affect the image quailty too much, unless there's a light source in the frame. Images are soft, even when stopped down to f/8, color is muted and requires a rather large saturation bump in post processing, and contrast (yes, I have a lens hood) is lacking. I suggest that anyone thinking about purchasing this lens as a package consider purchasing the body only and applying the cost difference toward a higher-quality lens.

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            5.0

            After over 7 years of Use

            By RedGoat Photos

            from Seattle, WA

            Pros

            • Excellent Build Quality
            • Fast auto-focus
            • great travel lens
            • sharp enough when stopped down

            Cons

            • none in my use

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

              This lens is a great travel lens. It works wonderfully with my 40d and 5d. While not the sharpest lens in my bag it is more than adequate for travel and snap shots. The image stabilization does it jobs and I can shoot hand held with out issue--I do bump up the ISO when necessary just because I like fast shutter speeds. I have not experienced the lens slippage mentioned so much in the other reviews. However, having read about the lens slippage issue several years ago--I do not push and pull on the barrel at all (as I don't want the lens to start slipping). The build quality to me is very good and the quality of contrast/sharpness is acceptable. The best way to tell if this lens will meet your needs is to head your local camera store for some test shots with your camera and review/pixel peak if you like at home. Also, if slippage is a concern inspect the lens at the store --turn it facing down--that will tell you a story. I really like my 28-135mm and based on my experience--I can recommend this as a very good travel lens.

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              5.0

              Excellent add to cabag

              By kcrunchone

              from NY

              Pros

              • Fast auto-focus
              • Superior build quality
              • Super-sharp images
              • works great with my modified settings

              Cons

              • lens tends to slide with down grade shots

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

                At first the lens challenged the areas that I wanted to shoot in. After a few minutes of toying with the lens and my settings in the camera I was able to learn to fully manipulate the lens to my advantage as well as my cameras advantage. The image quality in low light seemed to be an issue but proved to be user error and was easily overcome after a few shots and setting adjustments. The images are sharp and far far from soft as some have said but that is my experience with the lens and my experience shooting as well. Facial features on tight and close ups are absolutely amazing, super sharp and super tight. It has proven to be a great buy and I would not only suggest it as a great weapon in the arsenal in your bag but as a must have the macro and well as it being a great all around 18-135. Just amazing It would have been perfect if the lens did not slide with the downward angling of the camera to adjust to that you have to learn to hold it to keep the focus not a big deal only when you don't remember and it slides and the shot is off

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                4.0

                much sample variation

                By photorara

                from Boston

                Pros

                • good sample works well

                Cons

                • Variable quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

                  I bought this EF 28-135mm last year as a general purpose lens for my 5D. it turned out to be a bad sample and the right side of the frame was soft, yet the center and left were sharp. I sold it and tried another one at a camera shop(made in Taiwan) this was uniform but the edges were low resolution and dark. The sales person took one off of a used 7D kit, this one was Made in Japan and it was much better (sharp right to the edges) and no falloff,I bought it. It turns out that it was serviced and aligned by Canon. Unless yours was serviced by Canon-Who knows..

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                  3.0

                  Barrel Slide

                  By TObE

                  from Grand Haven, MI

                  Pros

                  • all of my camera equipment has always been canon
                  • Superior build quality
                  • Super-sharp images

                  Cons

                  • barrel slide while trying to focus on subject
                  • Poor build quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

                    My comment is specifically addressing an issue I have with the Canon 28-135mm lens with Image Stabilizer, AF/MF, and Macro functions. I have been a Professional Photographer for over 20 years and I am happy with the image quality in the photo's I've taken, however when taking pictures on even the slightest downward angle the barrel starts sliding causing the image to be out of focus. This is very frustrating to say the very least, especially when I'm hired to take pictures at a Live Event where I may only get one shot at a high point moment and I find the picture out of focus because of the barrel slide issue. At the end of the day when I sort through pictures for the most exciting shots and have to delete many because the lens barrel was sliding, I feel that I let the client down because I didn't give them a complete set of pictures that represented the entire event. I had checked comment posting reviews about this lens and the number one main issue that kept reappearing again and again was the "barrel sliding" issue. As far as recommending this specific lens, I can't do so with a clear conscience because I wouldn't want someone else to end up disappointed because of the barrel slide issue. I do hope that Canon will address and correct the barrel slide problem. All of my camera's and many of my lens's are Canon and I am very happy and satisfied with their performance. I have and will continue to recommend Canon products.

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                    3.0

                    Close but no cigar

                    By Bigbirddy

                    from KY

                    Pros

                    • Focal range

                    Cons

                    • Poor build quality
                    • Semi-sharp images

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

                      I've used this lens for around 2 years now and find it to be adequate at best. Haven't experienced the sloppy lens extension drop that others have but I am VERY disappointed in the focus quality in the 28 to 50 mm ranges. Once I zoom in beyond 50 mm or so the detail is very good. I've tried it on other photog's cameras with the same results. I realize most lenses are most accurate around their mid range focal lengths but the poor quality in the shorter ranges is a real pain.

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                      4.0

                      Why is the barrel so loose

                      By Ken

                      from Houston, TX

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor build quality
                        • Semi-sharp images

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

                          Ever since I got the 7D with this lens 28-135mm lens the barrel has been very loose when trying to shoot in a downward position. This very unusual for a lens barrel to be this loose. I have had some cheapskate lens before and they never lost their positions when in a downward position. Why is this lens so horribly bad at this one thing that is an annoyance to me and hundreds of thousands of people? Fix the problem so I can take my hand off the lens?

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Mixed Blessing Lens

                          By Quizicat

                          from Maryland

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • lens creep+
                            • Poor build quality

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Camera Lens:

                              This kit lens has a nice range. Which makes it a nice walk around lens. But it has issues. It is built so sloppily, the barrel is loose and floppy. It was like this brand new. It lets dust in, so you will have specs inside the lens very soon. If you let the camera hang from your shoulder it will zoom out to full length. In spite of all this, I find that having this lens and my 10-22 I have pretty much all I need for vacations or anything else, other than the rare wish for a long lens. If you are doing professional work this is not the lens for you. Get an L. But for everyday it works, just be sure you know how to photoshop out the the specs that will be in your pictures.

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