Canon 28-135mm Lens

Canon 28-135 lens-photo

The Canon 28-135mm EF f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is an intriguing lens to consider buying or using.

The zoom range is almost 5x and covers a moderately wide angle to mid-telephoto range at less than $400.

If you buy a new one, it's about 1/3 the cost of the very popular universal Canon 24-105 lens.

It is not built as well as the Canon "L" series of lenses but does have value for the average consumer.

It covers a nice range of wide-angle to medium telephoto magnification.

This lens is very affordable compared to the entire line of "L" series Canon zoom lenses. Some people label it as a hobby lens. One of its stronger features is the image stabilizer (IS).

If you are an aspiring photographer and shoot weddings or other commercial photography jobs you might want to consider the Canon 24-105, a lens that will give you photos with less defects.

Lenses like this may experience lens/zoom creep when aimed downward. It has a variable maximum aperture lens which means your exposure settings may change when you zoom if you are shooting at wide open aperture.

Who is the 28-135mm Lens For?

Canon shooters who use a full-frame camera and are on a limited budget. I don't recommend this lens for APS-C cameras like the Canon Rebel "t" series or the Canon 60D, 70D, 7D, 80D.

Canon 28-135mm IS USM Lens Specs

Weighs only 1.2 pounds.

Size is only 3.1 by 3.8 inches

Takes 72mm filters.

Release Date: 1998

Minimum Aperture is f/22-36.

16 elements in 12 groups.

Only 6 aperture blades - hexagonal bokeh highlights.

Three Best Features of the 28-135 Lens

  1. It has a nice zoom range at 28-135 which covers a large variety of shooting situations.
  2. It is very affordable. New or used, you can get a lot of lens for the money.
  3. It has image stabilization which gives you the ability to use slower shutter speeds and still have sharp photographs.
  4. The USM motor gives you smooth and quiet focusing.

Weaknesses of the Canon 28-135 Lens

  1. It's not an "L" lensso sharpness, distortion and lens aberrations will be come into play just a little bit at some apertures/lens zoom settings.
  2. It's not super fast at f3.5 to f5.6. Bokeh is a little limited.
  3. It may have gravity/zoom creep when aimed downward.

The 28-135 takes 72mm filters, so if you have one of the other Canon lenses that take a 72mm filter, you need an adapter or a new set of filters.

If you don't use filters, the filter size doesn't really matter to you.

If you have an older Canon camera with a 1.3x crop factor this lens still has a nice useful range equivalent to 35-169mm. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV is the most notable Canon with a 1.3x factor.

If you have a camera with a 1.6x factor, then it becomes more of a telephoto zoom at 45-219mm. Cameras like this include the 7D, 50D, T3i, and Canon T4i.

The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens is for Canon DSLR Cameras.

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