Canon EF-S 18–135mm lens

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 kit lens for the Canon EOS 60D and the Canon 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 will be US$549.99. It will be an alternative kit lens for the 650D.

This STM version is, in some markets, available as 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
Key features
Full-frame compatible  No
Image stabilizer  Yes
Environmental sealing  No
Ultrasonic Motor  No
Stepping Motor  No  Yes
L-series  No
Diffractive Optics  No
Macro  No
Zoom Lock Lever  No  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 74°–29°
Diagonal viewing angle 84°–34°
Vertical viewing angle 53°–19°30'
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
MSRP US$ $499.00 $549.00


External links

  • Canon EF-S 18–135mm – Canon UK
  • Canon EF-S 18–135mm – Canon USA
  • Press Release – Digital Photography Review

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