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. Its zoom range places it into the superzoom category, although its range is not as broad as several other lenses, such as Canon's own EF-S 18–200 mm lens.

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. The field of view has a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 29–216mm. 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.

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


Attribute f/3.5–5.6 IS f/3.5–5.6 IS STM
Image Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS.JPG Canon EFS 18-135 STM.jpg
Key features
Full-frame compatible No No
Image stabilizer Yes Yes
Environmental sealing No No
Ultrasonic Motor No No
Stepping Motor No No Yes Yes
L-series No No
Diffractive Optics No No
Macro No No
Zoom Lock Lever No No Yes Yes
Technical data
Aperture (max/min) f/3.5–5.6 / f/22–38
Construction 12 groups / 16 elements
# of diaphragm blades 6 7
Closest focusing distance 0.45 m / 1.48 ft 0.39 m / 1.28 ft
Max. magnification 0.21x 0.28x
Horizontal viewing angle 64°30'–9°30'
Diagonal viewing angle 74°20'–11°30'
Vertical viewing angle 45°30'–6°20'
Physical data
Weight 1.0 lb / 455 g 1.06 lb / 480 g
Maximum diameter 3.0" / 75.4 mm 3.0" / 77 mm
Length 4.0" / 101 mm 3.8" / 96 mm
Filter diameter 67mm
Lens hood EW-73B
Retail information
Release date September 2009 June 2012
Currently in production? Yes Yes
MSRP US$ $499.00 $549.00


  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. 

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