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Overview

Better quality 'kit zoom' originally for film cameras, but with image stabilisation. Moderately good performance and value for money. It's been around a while, so worth looking out for second hand. Note that the early IS does need turning off if using a tripod.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 28-135mm 1:3.5-5.6
Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 75° - 18°
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system with USM
Closest Focusing Distance 0.5m / 1.6 ft.
Zoom System Rotating Type
Filter Size 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.1" x 3.8", 18.9 oz. / 78.4mm x 96.8mm, 540g

EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens 28mm mtf chart EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens 135mm mtf chart

A quick guide to MTF charts (which only measure contrast and resolution. Canon's guide to their MTF charts)

Black lines reflect lens performance at widest aperture.
Blue lines show the performance at f/8

Thick lines indicate lens contrast
Thin lines indicate lens resolution

Dashed lines: Lens performance with meridional lines.
Solid lines: Lens performance with sagittal lines

Closer sagittal and meridional chart lines indicate more 'natural' out of focus areas.

Remember that MTF charts are good for comparing similar lenses, so comparing ones from the 14mm f2.8L and 300mm 2.8L won't tell you much at all, whilst comparing the EF14 2.8L with the EF14 2.8L II will show meaningful differences. Note that other manufacturers may have different ways of displaying such information that may or may not match up with the Canon figures.

EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens block diagram

EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM reviews and articles

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Sample images

None available at present.

Product launch

No information available on the 1998 launch of this lens.

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