Canon 28 135mm Ultrasonic Macro Lens

By | 09/11/2022

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.five-5.6 IS USM Lens Review

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

When someone is looking for a
decent quality but very affordable walk-around lens, the Canon EF 28-135mm f/three.5-five.6 IS USM Lens is i of the lenses I will often recommend to them. The 28-135 IS is an upper-mid-class consumer lens with
prototype stabilization, a longer but however
bang-up focal length range
and a
low price.

Model Weight Dimensions due west/o Hood Filter Twelvemonth
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens 33.5 oz (950g) iii.3 x 4.9″ (83 x 124mm) 77mm 2002
Catechism EF 24-85mm f/3.v-4.5 USM Lens 13.4 oz (380g) two.9 x 2.viii” (73 x 70mm) 67mm 1996
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens 23.7 oz (670g) three.three 10 iv.2″ (83.5 x 107mm) 77mm 2005
Catechism EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Two USM Lens 13.2 oz (375g) ii.8 x 3.0″ (72 x 75mm) 58mm 2000
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4.0-v.6 USM Lens 7.iv oz (210g) two.six 10 two.vii” (67 x 68mm) 58mm 2002
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.six IS USM Lens 19.1 oz (540g) iii.i x 3.viii” (78 10 97mm) 72mm 1998
Canon EF 28-200mm f/ USM Lens oz (500g) 3.1 x 3.5″ (78 x 90mm) 72mm 2000
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.v-5.6L IS USM Lens 59 oz (1670g) 3.6 x vii.6″ (92 ten 194mm) 77mm 2004

The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.half-dozen IS USM Lens handles nicely and is
easy-to-comport-sized. Size and weight are of course relative, but well-nigh will consider this a modest and light lens. A plastic lens barrel helps keep the weight downwardly.

While not congenital like the Fifty series zooms, the Canon 28-135 lens build quality is decent and in line with Canon’s improve consumer zooms. Expect some slight play in the two-function extension of the barrel, expect focus and zoom rings that are non silky-polish.

The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens focuses reasonably fast and very quietly thanks to Band USM (Ultrasonic Motor) AF. FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is enabled and the manual focus ring does not rotate during AF. The manual focus ring is pocket-size/narrow and requires familiarity to quickly find it while shooting. A window provides focus distance data.

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

While focus is internal, the 28-135 extends like about mid-focal-length zoom lenses in the while zooming until reaching its longest length at 135mm. No focal length lock is present – expect zoom-creep/gravity-zooming when carrying this lens in a downwardly position.

Canon Lens Comparison

Pictured above from left to right are the Catechism EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens, the Catechism EF 24-85mm f/3.five-four.5 USM Lens, the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens.

For the price, the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.five-5.six IS USM Lens performs reasonably well optically. With a wide open aperture, the 28-135 IS is
quite sharp
in the middle of the image throughout the focal length range. With a wide open up aperture, the 28-135 IS delivers moderately soft corners at 28mm, very soft corners at 35mm and reasonably sharp corners over the middle of the focal length range. Don’t wait a lot of change in sharpness from this lens when stopped downwardly (narrower apertures selected). At f/8, there is an improvement that is noticeable compared to wide open results, but the change is not dramatic.

The nigh notable change from stopping down is the reduction in vignetting. The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens vignettes very strongly at 28mm with a wide open up aperture. Wide open vignetting gradually decreases to a mild amount at 100mm with a slight increment over again at 135mm. Users of 1.6x FOVCF bodies will notice much less vignetting – mostly in the corners below 35mm.

Strong barrel baloney at 28mm will be noticeable even on a i.6x FOVCF body. You will observe the outcome distortion has on the ISO 12233 resolution nautical chart sample crops – the detail in the middle image (the acme-most sample) will appear enlarged when barrel distortion is present. The crossover bespeak between barrel and pincushion distortion occurs around 40mm. By 70mm, the pincushion distortion becomes relatively potent and continues through 135mm.

The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.five-v.6 IS USM Lens exhibits flare command ranging from moderate at 28mm to good at 135mm. Every bit always, I test for lens flare with Canon’s recommended lens hood in place. In this instance, it is the not-included-in-the-box Canon EW–78BII Lens Hood as seen on the product images in a higher place.

CA (Chromatic Abnormality) is visible in the corners even on a 1.6x/APS-C body – specially at the two ends of the focal length range and especially at 135mm where information technology is relatively potent. This aspect is easy to run into in the ISO 12233 nautical chart samples – wait for the not-blackness and white colors in the bottom crop.

Bokeh (foreground and background mistiness quality) is fine, just the six-blade aperture is not going to evangelize excellence with OOF (out-of-focus) highlights when stopped down. And, creating a diffusely-blurred background is not 1 of this lens’ specialties due to an only moderately wide discontinuity. At 135mm, the background is magnified/compressed enough to create some blur if the subject is relatively close and/or the background is distant from the field of study.

The 28-135 is manifestly a variable maximum aperture lens. Available maximum aperture ranges from f/3.5 at 28mm to f/4 at about 38mm to f/4.5 effectually 50mm to f/v near 65mm and finally to f/5.6 from 85mm to 135mm. These are respectable values for a consumer zoom lens, but not low-light action-stopping specs.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Mounted on Canon EOS 5D - Comparison

Use the mouseover links above to compare the Canon EF 28-135mm f/iii.v-v.half-dozen IS USM Lens with the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.v-5.half-dozen IS Lens, Canon EF-S xviii-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens and Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens mounted on a Catechism EOS 50D.

The 28-135’s best characteristic (in my opinion of grade) is its
not bad focal length range. It is not hard to find uses for the 28-135mm focal length range. From family shots and vacation/travel utilise to landscapes photography to photojournalism, this lens can embrace a wide range of your focal length needs. Where this focal length range runs into a trouble is the broad end on a 1.6x torso. 1.6x FOVCF body owners might want to pair this lens with a Catechism EF-S 10-22mm USM Lens for their wide angle needs. If y’all are looking for a 1-lens-does-everything solution for a i.6x FOVCF body, a 17- or 18mm-something zoom might be a better option. Cheque out my Canon general purpose lens recommendations for these options.

Still, this is a great focal length range – and at the long stop, 135mm is very useful. I should annotation that, at its 135mm setting, the 28-135 IS has a noticeably wider field of view than my Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens or my Canon EF 70-200mm f/two.8L IS USM Lens set at the same focal lengths at a relatively curt distance. These lenses frame the 1200mm ISO 12233 chart at distances of 4035mm, 4700mm and 4798mm respectively. Focal lengths are rated for an infinity focus altitude – and then they *should* match at this focus altitude if their ratings are correct.

Next to the neat focal length range, Image Stabilization (IS) is my favorite Canon EF 28-135mm f/iii.5-5.six IS USM Lens feature. Some debate the usefulness of IS in a shorter focal length zoom lens, simply I notice it very useful. If your subject area is not moving, you can shoot handheld in much less lite than without IS – or at a lower ISO setting. To activate IS, simply turn the IS switch to the on position and printing the shutter release half way. Yous will hear the stabilizer get-go up (a click and so a continuous hum – the sounds are non loud). The epitome in the viewfinder will jump slightly (this is an older version of IS – but however very useful) and the viewfinder will get withal (unlike a photographic camera-based IS system). Keep in mind that the version of IS on this lens needs to be turned off when tripod-mounted. Not doing then may crusade the image stabilizer to act erratically.

Model MFD MM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/two.8L USM Lens fifteen.0″ (380mm) .29x
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-four.5 USM Lens nineteen.7″ (500mm) .16x
Catechism EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens 17.7″ (450mm) .23x
Catechism EF 28-105mm f/3.v-4.five Ii USM Lens 19.7″ (500mm) .19x
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4.0-five.6 USM Lens 18.9″ (480mm)
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens” (500mm) .19x
Canon EF 28-200mm f/three.five-v.6 USM Lens 17.7″ (450mm) .28x
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-five.6L IS USM Lens 27.six” (700mm)

With a minimum focus distance of 19.vii” (500mm), the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens delivers a rather-depression maximum magnification of .19x at 135mm. This is good plenty for flowers and other medium-pocket-sized objects. Adding extension tubes shortens the closest focusing distance and delivers significant (macro-realm) .53x and 1.09x maximum magnifications for 12mm and 25mm tubes respectively.

I mentioned before that the Canon EW-78BII Lens Hood is non included in the box. I always recommend using the hood. As well not included is a lens pouch/case. I propose the Lowepro Lens Case 1W if you need protection for your 28-135. Filters are another popular lens accompaniment – you lot will need the mutual 72mm-sized filters for this lens.

While the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.half-dozen IS USM Lens is a good value and a proficient option for a walk-around lens, at that place are other lenses that should be considered before making this decision. Read my general purpose lens recommendations for more suggestions.

The 28-135 IS is a
very popular lens. If you are looking for a good value 28mm-something zoom lens and your budget limits yous to the 28-135’southward price range, look no farther. The Catechism EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.half-dozen IS USM Lens provides a great focal length range, reasonably sharp images and IS at a very low price signal and in a relatively small package. When purchased as a kit lens with a Canon EOS DSLR, information technology is an first-class value.

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