Canon 18-135mm STM Lens
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a significant upgrade from the standard-at-review-time 18-55mm IS kit lens. It is an upgrade in many ways, but the 18-135's most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal length range, a relatively light weight & small package, a good IS(Image Stabilization) implementation and a low price (a great value in a DSLR kit – medium price otherwise).
The 18-135 STM arrived in a Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR kit just before my scheduled trip to northern Maine. The pair became inseparable travel companions on this trip. Their light weight, small size, wide image stabilized focal length range and very good image quality made this combo a great choice for long periods of carrying.
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens sample image above was captured at Island Pond in the North Maine Woods using a Canon EOS Rebel T4i. Settings were 24mm, f/8, 1/80 and ISO 100.
Multiplying the 18-135's focal length range by 1.6x shows that the 18-135 mounted on an APS-C body will deliver an angle of view equivalent to a 28.8-216mm lens mounted on a full frame format DSLR. This is an excellent general purpose focal length range, starting at a moderately wide angle and going to a very nicely-long focal length. Here is an example of what this focal length range looks like.
Image stabilization is an 18-135 STM feature that I wish was present in every lens I own - one that helps insure the sharpest image possible while shooting handheld.
Canon rates this IS implementation at 4 stops. Standing, handheld testing with this lens and IS switched off indicated that I need shutter speeds of 1/25 at 18mm and 1/160 at 135mm for a good keeper rate. With IS on, my acceptable keeper rate shutter speed was about .4 and 1/6 seconds at 18mm and 135mm respectively. That is an impressive nearly 4 stops of improvement at 18mm and better than 4 stops at 135mm.
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