The Canon EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is a standard lens for canon bodies with some premium features. It is built of durable, lightweight materials which make it optimal for casual and nature photography where the ability to move the camera quickly with little impact on stabilization is required. On top of this, the lens features canons IS (image stabilization) technology, helping to knock out the blur from your photos.
One thing to note about this camera is that it has a very small aperture. This means that the opening of the lens shutter is relatively small, preventing light from passing through the lens. The result is data stored in your camera for the captured image. Of course, your camera body itself will have features to counter-balance a small aperture (such as ISO and Shutter Speed) but an open aperture will produce the highest results (such as lower noise and natural sharpness). The aperture makes this lens optimal for daytime or indoor shooting where light is readily available.
Another feature of this lens (and most Canon lenses) is the ability to switch between AF (auto-focus) and MF (manual focus). I often find myself shooting in manual focus when I’m using the M (manual) exposure mode on my camera body. This provides me with a full range of control over focus, depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. If I’m doing action shots, I typically keep my lens on AF mode to ensure I’m ready to release the shutter when the moment is right!
As you can see in the first photo above, this lens does have a nice focal length for a standard zoom lens. 18mm allows you to capture a large field of view while 135mm gets you up close and personal. I’ve found this useful when doing indoor real estate shoots and nature photography. Of course, this focal length isn’t optimum, but it is sufficient – especially when your budget is right or you’re just starting with DSLR. As with most Canon lenses, the focal length is adjusted by a simple twist mechanism, optimized for convenience.
As seen in the above images, this lens with its hood looks GREAT on my Canon 60D body. It’s an appealing lens for portrait shots and the hood provides a professional touch when you’re out shooting. This is a lens that I highly recommend for tight budgets or the beginner photography. Often, it comes packaged with the Canon body – which is a great opportunity to snag it at a low price.
Here are current prices from my favorite places to shop:
Amazon Price: 327 PRIME
E-bay Price: ~$329,95 by RED TA camera (average of various price points on site)