This Canon EF series lens offers fast, silent autofocus, and a versatile focal range for shooting with Canon autofocus film and digital SLR cameras. But its big claim to fame is its renowned Image Stabilization (IS) technology, which lets you take sharp, in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions. Here's how it works.

We've all taken a picture and had it turn out blurry because our hands moved a little while we were capturing the shot. Image Stabilization works around this problem. Built-in vibration sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens. IS lenses are much loved by photographers who don't like to carry along a tripod on every excursion, but who require crisp photos as a matter of course.

High-tech Image Stabilization isn't the only advantage provided by this lens. A built-in ring-type Ultrasonic Motor makes autofocus very fast and very quiet. There's also its wide-angle picture-taking capability — great for capturing panoramic landscapes, or snapping large group shots of folks in tight quarters. And it even excels at taking precise close-ups of objects as near as 20 inches.

Product Highlights:

  • f/3.5-5.6 EF zoom lens
  • effective focal length:
    • 28-135mm with 35mm film or full-frame sensor digital cameras
    • 45-216mm with APS-C sensor Canon cameras
  • compatible with Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • Image Stabilization allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to two stops slower shutter speed)
  • on/off switch for image stabilizer
  • available full-time manual focusing
  • ring-type Ultrasonic Motor for fast, silent autofocus
  • minimum focus distance: 20 inches
  • constructed of 16 elements in 12 groups
  • filter size: 72mm
  • image size: 24 x 36 mm
  • lens is 3-13/16" long, 3-1/8" in diameter
  • front and rear lens caps
  • weight: 17.6 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Canon EF 28-135mm USM IS Lens Reviews

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Written By JohnW, Durango, CO on Saturday, February 11, 2012

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Not a lens expert, but this lens lets me get close from far away and wide when I want to be wide, like for landscapes. Especially like the anti-shake and auto-focus capability. Works seamlessly with the EOS 60D. Sharp, clean, beautiful pix.

Pros: - Anti-shake - Auto focus - Landscape to portraits in one lens - Auto focus is very quick

Cons: None.

Canon EF 28-135mm USM IS Lens

Written By KENNETH, PHX, AZ on Thursday, August 10, 2006


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  • EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens
  • E-72mm lens cap (installed)
  • Rear dust cap (installed)
  • Instructions (6 languages)
  • Warranty card

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 28-135 mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Weight 17.6 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Compatibility: The Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens is compatible with Canon EOS SLR cameras.

Image Stabilizer: With the Image Stabilizer turned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or a tripod.

USM (Ultrasonic Motor): The lens uses a ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocus and full-time manual focus.

Macro Mechanism: The lens is equipped with a macro mechanism for low magnification close-up photography. The autofocus function is also available in the macro range.

Auto/Manual Focus Modes: To shoot in autofocus mode, you must set the focus mode switch on the lens to "AF." To manually focus the camera, you must set the switch to "MF," and focus by turning the focusing ring.

Optional Accessories (available from Canon): This lens can be used with an optional EW-78B hood and optional screw-in filters (72mm).


  • Image Size: 24mm x 36mm (0.9" x 1.4")
  • Focus Length/Aperture: 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Angle of View:
    • Diagonal: 75º - 18º
    • Vertical: 46º - 10º
    • Horizontal: 65º - 15º
  • Magnification and Field of View:
    • Wide-angle: 0.07x, 355mm x 551mm/14" x 21.7"
    • Telephoto: 0.19x, 125mm x 188mm/4.9" x 7.4"
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.5m/19.7"
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Maximum Diameter and Length: 78.4mm and 96.8mm/3.1" and 3.8"
  • Weight: 500 g/17.6 oz.

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An all-around winner

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 10/30/2012 10:09:00 AM

I have owned this lens for five years, and have taken thousands of pictures with it. It's a nice, lightweight lens with a useful focal range that works on any of Canon's DSLR cameras. I mostly use it with my 40D (a crop-sensor camera), but I find it to be an even more useful lens for a full-frame camera because it brings the wide angles into play.

This was my first image-stabilized lens, and wow, does that feature ever deliver. I have gotten some sharp shots in low light that would have been impossible with stabilization. One thing I learned, though, was that you want to turn the stabilization off when you are panning the camera from side-to-side; the stabilizer is meant for still subjects. But no matter, you can just flick the switch on the side.

I continue to be pleased with the pictures I get using this lens. When I'm outside I usually shoot it at f/8, and everything is nice and sharp. Like all lenses, it softens slightly at max aperture, but only subtly so (in fact, you may not even notice). I have no complaint about its quality — it is my go-to outdoor lens when I want to travel light.

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