Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Last updated (04 February’12):
– Review by LensTip

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is a standard zoom lens. The lens features 28-135mm at focal length with 1:3.5-5.6 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12 groups with diagonal angle of view at 75 to 18 degrees. Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance at 1.6 feet and has a filter size of 72mm with zoom rotating type. The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens weight 18.9 ounces and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter, 3.8 inches long.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Reviews

Lenstip review the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 28-135 mm IS USM is a great choice if you are willing to give up the wide corner and you want to have a fairly universal lens with a pretty usable focal length range, as well as a flawless autofocus and very good optical features with efficient picture stabilization.”
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Bobatkins review the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and writes;
“The 28-135 is clearly the winner from an optical and functional viewpoint. Optically it’s as good as or slightly better than the 28-105 at equivalent settings, plus it has an extra 30mm of reach. Like the 28-105 it has a ring USM motor, full time manual focus, distance scales and IR focusing marks. The IS function really works and allows you to handhold at 1/8s at 28mm, whereas without IS you might need 1/30s for sharp images. If you’re stuck without a tripod this could be the difference between getting a shot and losing it.”
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The-digital-picture review the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and writes;
“If you are looking for a good value 28mm-something zoom lens and your budget limits you to the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens’ price range, look no farther. The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens provides a great focal length range, reasonably sharp images and IS at a very low price point and in a relatively small package.”
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SLRLensReview review the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and writes;
“Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6mm IS USM offers an average image quality at an average price, which makes the lens… well… average. At the wide side of the zoom range, the lens offers an OK overall performance, but the quality degrades drastically towards the telephoto range. “
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Photozone review the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and writes;
“Similar to the Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 proved to be a solid performer without any spectacular strengths nor weaknesses except a positive peak at its 28mm setting. The level of distortions is pretty low for such a lens and vignetting isn’t overly pronounced. Due to the 1.6x cropping factor on APS-C DSLRs the range is quite unexciting here but if you’re looking for a compact short tele-zoom with IS to compliment an ultra-wide zoom … why not ? “
Rating: ★★★½☆

Wlcastleman compares the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM to other zoom and prime lens and writes;
“This was the overall best performer of the consumer zoom lenses tested. All things considered, I would have preferred having a lens that was 24-105 than 28-135 because I always want wider angle perspective. Image stabilization is a handy feature, although I have rarely needed it. This lens appears to be well built, and it is the lens I usually have stuffed in my briefcase or suitcase when I can only take one lens.”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM User Reviews

Great Walk Around Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a great general purpose walk around lens, and the Image Stabilization is great when hand holding your camera for shooting. Sharp and Fast outdoors, but unfortunately the lens is not fast enough for most indoors photography (unless very well lit). I’ve usually got this lens on my camera when I’m outdoors and I need an all purpose walk around lens.” – by Jonathan R. Beilke

Canon 28-135mm IS f/3.5-5.6 great all around lens! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is an excellent general use lens for either a digital crop (Rebel, 40D, 50D etc) or full frame camera (5D, 5D MKII) although its slightly less appealing on a crop camera as the zoom range isn’t quite as wide as on the full frame but still very respectable. In fact for a complete review of my thoughts on this great little performer check out the complete article..” – by Daniel J. Goodwin

Great alternative to the L glass | Rating: ★★★★★
“If you can’t afford to buy L glass, this is the way to go. I debated for a long time between this one and 24-105L and finally decided to get the 28-135 instead. Mounted on my 40D, I get results that are very close to my prime lenses. Not as sharp, but close. I’ve yet to have problems with autofocus, even in dark room and the USM autofocus is great. The only downfall of this lens is the construction – the lens is a bit wobbly and the zoom creep is present if you point the lens down. “ – by Yuriy Belenitsky

White Box Caution | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a very good lens and almost reaches the performance of the 24-105 f/4 L (no flames please- Google “ken rockwell 28-135 IS” for a qualified opinion). This lens has some nice high-end features such as the ultrasonic focusing motor, image stabilization, manual focus override, and non-rotating front glass. It loses a star since Canon has made no effort to address the lens creep issue, which is the #1 complaint about this otherwise outstanding lens.” – by DJRob

Perfect complement to a 50 f1.4 | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I keep the 28-135 on my camera most of the time and only use the 50 occasionally as needed indoors. Two final notes … first, you can purchase the 50 plus the 28-135 for much less than the 17-55, but still have the IQ and a lot of range, and second, the 28-135 is much better balanced for the XSi than the 17-55 in my opinion. I am very pleased with the 28-135 as a quality walkabout lens to complement my 50 prime.” – by Tech Enthusiast “Z”

A Jack Of All Trades, And Master Of None | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“It’s a good lens, no doubt. Useful, versatile, fast and pretty sharp for the price. Not super sharp, though. Beware of amateurs claiming sharpness when they haven’t seen anything better. The 100 mm Macro kills this lens for sharpness. “ – by Shannon Matteson

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Specifications

The Canon EF 28-135mm standard zoom lens delivers sharp, natural-looking pictures virtually ever time. The lens is particularly handy for places where flashes are prohibited, as it excels in dim lighting without requiring a flash or a tripod. Other features include a ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocusing and full-time manual focusing; a close focusing distance of 20 inches; and a maximum aperture of f/3.5 to 5.6. The lens carries a one-year warranty.

* Focal length: 28-135mm
* Maximum aperture: 1:3.5-5.6
* Lens construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 75 to 18 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
* Closest focusing distance: 1.6 feet
* Zoom system: Rotating type
* Filter size: 72mm
* Dimensions: 3.1 inches in diameter, 3.8 inches long
* Weight: 18.9 ounces

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