Canon EF-S 18–135mm lens

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The Canon EF-S 18–135mm lens is a standard to short telephoto telezoom for Canon digital single-lens reflex cameras with an EF-S lens mount. The field of view has a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 29–216mm. With its 7.5× zoom range, it is placed into the superzoom category. Canon offers further lenses with even higher zoom ranges, such as the EF-S 18–200mm lens (11× zoom range).

Canon EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS[edit]

The original version of the lens, the f/3.5–5.6 IS, was introduced in 2009 with a suggested retail price of US$499.99. It is the standard kit lens for the Canon EOS 60D and EOS 7D, and is an alternative kit lens in some markets for the EOS 600D/Rebel T3i.

Canon EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM[edit]

A new version of the lens, the f/3.5–5.6 IS STM, was announced on 8 June 2012, alongside the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i. The "STM" stands for "Stepping Motor", a new autofocus technology claimed by Canon "to smoothly and silently focus" and "achieve continuous AF while recording video" when used with the 650D (and presumably future Canon bodies).[1] Its suggested retail price was US$549.99 at introduction. It was an alternative kit lens for the 650D, and is now an alternative kit lens for the 650D's successor, the EOS 700D/Rebel T5i.

This STM version, in some markets, is available as a kit lens for the Canon EOS 70D, as is also the Canon EF-S 18–55mm lens in its STM version.

Canon EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM[edit]

The latest addition of the 18–135 series is the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, announced on 17 February 2016. 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. The lens is also available as bundle with the Canon EOS 80D, which was announced same date.[2]


Attribute f/3.5–5.6 IS f/3.5–5.6 IS STM f/3.5–5.6 IS USM
Image Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS.JPG Canon EFS 18-135 STM.jpg
Key features
Full-frame compatible No
Image stabilizer Yes (4 stops)
Environmental sealing No
Ultrasonic Motor No Yes
Stepping Motor No Yes No
L-series No
Diffractive Optics No
Macro No
Zoom Lock Lever No Yes
Technical data
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22-38
Construction 12 groups / 16 elements
# of diaphragm blades 6 7
Closest focusing distance 0.45 m (1.5 ft) 0.39 m (1.3 ft)
Max. magnification 0.21× 0.28×
Horizontal viewing angle 64°30'–9°30'
Diagonal viewing angle 74°20'–11°30'
Vertical viewing angle 45°30'–6°20'
Physical data
Weight 455 g (16.0 oz) 480 g (17 oz) 515 g (18.2 oz)
Maximum diameter 75.4 mm (3.0") 77 mm (3.0") 77.4 mm (3.1")
Length 101 mm (4.0") 96 mm (3.8")
Filter diameter 67mm
Lens hood EW-73B EW-73D
Retail information
Release date September 2009 June 2012 March 2016
Currently in production? No Yes
MSRP US$ $499.00 $549.00 $599.00


  1. ^ "The New EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera Puts The Power And Creativity Of DSLR Stills And Video At Your Fingertips" (Press release). Canon U.S.A., Inc. 2012-06-08. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  2. ^ "Share Your Passion Through Images Using The New EOS 80D DSLR Camera And EF-S 18-135mm Nano USM Lens" (Press release). 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2016-02-17.

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