EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

EF-S 18-135MM F/3.5-5.6 IS USM

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

 63,500.00

A highly versatile zoom lens with fast Nano USM for sharp photos and smooth, quiet focus for movies

An all-around lens ideal for creative photography and movies, Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM adds cutting-edge technology to an extremely flexible zoom range. Delivering remarkable performance for everyday capture, it’s equipped with Canon’s new NANO USM technology, featuring high-speed and near-silent AF. What’s more, it’s also compatible with Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 for more natural zooming during movie capture. For landscapes, portraits, sports videos and everything in between, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM provides great versatility with its magnificent optics, comprehensive zoom range and premium design. It’s an impressive complement to the EOS 80D camera, or any EOS camera with an APS-C size sensor.

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Highlights

  • Versatile focal range to capture a wide range of subjects
  • Compact, high performance lens with optional power zoom accessory
  • Record rock steady movie footage with Dynamic IS
  • Pin sharp photos with 4-stop Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Nano USM for fast AF for photos and smooth, quiet AF for movies

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Overview

Enjoy superb versatility from a lens that’s sure to be a kit-bag essential, giving quality performance in still photography and moviemaking, thanks to its new Nano USM technology. The speed and smooth focus of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM gives stunning spontaneous shots, while its quiet motor ensures that movie soundtracks are undisturbed by focusing noise. This Nano USM-powered versatile compact standard zoom lens, meant for use with APS-C cameras, has a zoom of up to approx. 7.5x, which covers most subjects. It uses Canon’s established optical design, which prevents ghosting and flaring, resulting in better image quality. With Nano USM powering its AF, not only does it achieve focusing speeds that are 2.5 times (wide-angle end) and 4.3 times (telephoto end) faster than previous lenses, the AF is also quiet and seamless-ideal for movie shooting. The image stabilizing system (IS), which works up to an equivalent of 4 shutter speed stops, also includes Dynamic IS which can stabilize the camera shake that happens when you shoot movies while walking. The 7-blade circular aperture promises beautiful bokeh circles. The lens is also compatible with the POWER ZOOM ADAPTER PZ-E1, which helps you to carry out even smoother zoom operations.

 

Nano USM technology – smooth, fast and quiet

The Nano USM technology in the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM allows you to focus on your subject with exceptional speed. Combined with a versatile focal range, it allows you to capture dramatic landscapes, beautiful portraits and fast-paced action.

Professional quality movies made easy

Nano USM focusing technology provides a natural look to your movies, with exceptionally smooth autofocus when tracking subjects. However, you can also take control at any time with its responsive manual focus ring.

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Silent focusing

Nano USM ensures that your soundtrack is uninterrupted by focusing noise thanks to its near silent motion.

 

 

Stay steady amongst the action

Shooting pin-sharp photographs is made easy with the 4-stop Optical Image Stabilizer. It counteracts camera shake for high quality results in low light or when using zoom, while a dedicated Panning Mode automatically engages when you are following a moving subject.

The Dynamic Image Stabilizer ensures movie footage is stable when shooting handheld, at full zoom or on the move.

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Incredible versatility across the focal range

The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM comfortably captures a range of subjects due to its wide focal range. At its shortest focal length, you can capture expanses of landscapes. At the opposite end, you can get closer to action with its telephoto capabilities and high speed autofocus. The 4-stop Optical Image Stabilizer keeps your images sharp and steady when at maximum zoom, working in low light or shooting video.

Professional quality movie making made simple with the new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1

The new Power Zoom Adapter effortlessly attaches to the electrical contacts underneath the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, allowing zoom to be operated via a simple lever (or Wi-Fi when used with a compatible EOS camera body), delivering consistently precise, smooth zoom control for professional looking movies.

Simple to use and lightweight, it’s the perfect accessory for professional quality moviemaking wherever you are; follow the action, shoot documentary-style footage, or zoom for creative effect.

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Features

Super UD Lens Elements, UD Lens Elements

Effect similar to fluorite lens elements

The chromatic aberration correction effect is remarkable when a fluorite element is used. However, due to the high cost of fluorite compared to other materials, it cannot be employed widely on many lenses. To resolve this issue, Canon developed the UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens element, which is characterised by a low refractive index and low dispersive properties. It is widely employed in many lenses due to its ability to enhance the elimination of secondary spectrum.

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Ground & Polished Glass Aspherical Lens Elements, Aspherical Lens Elements

Aspherical lens elements capable of converging light rays to a point

Traditional spherical lens elements are unable to ensure that light rays entering from the peripheral areas and those from the centre converge at the same point. Generally, it is difficult for spherical lens elements alone to correct spherical aberration on large-diameter lenses as well as distortion on wide-angle lenses. In contrast, aspherical lens elements have a lens surfacing with varying curvature, designed to make the light rays converge at the same. The manufacturing of aspherical lens elements requires a high level of processing technology and precise measuring techniques in order to produce a lens curvature for obtaining the ideal imaging point. Canon embarked on developing the technology for manufacturing aspherical lens elements at an early stage, and succeeded in 1971 in commercialising the world’s first lens with built-in ground and polished glass aspherical lens elements. Today, Canon has been able to contribute to enhancing the image quality of many EF lenses through the mass production of glass-mould and replica aspherical lens elements.

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In-lens correction of camera shake

Canon was the first in the world to develop the IS (Image Stabilizer), an in-lens system to correct camera shake in DSLR cameras. Compared to the in-camera Image Stabilizer feature, not only is the IS capable of stabilising the viewfinder image, it also helps to improve AF accuracy.
The underlying principle is that the amount of misalignment between the image of the subject and the optical axis of the lens is detected by two vibration-detecting gyro sensors. The corrective optical system inside the lens is then moved accordingly in the vertical or horizontal direction to stabilise the image of the subject on the imaging plane.
Most blurry pictures occur as the result of camera shake, which inevitably happens when you take handheld shots. Such blurring is more obvious at slow shutter speeds, which usually occur at low light settings such as during indoor portrait or night street photography because the low amount of light requires the sensor to be exposed for longer. For that reason, photographers usually make up for that by setting a higher ISO speed or using a tripod and remote shutter release. Both have their merits, but also some demerits.

For instance, while increasing the ISO speed also increases the shutter speed, noise occurs at high ISO speeds. There is therefore a limit to how high you can set the latter without compromising on image quality. Similarly, while using a tripod and remote shutter release keeps camera shake to a minimum, they are practical only for certain shooting scenes as prior setup is required.

IS, on the other hand, is able to suppress camera shake to a certain degree even for such scenes, increasing the range of scenes for which you can take handheld shots. Depending on the lens, the image stabilization effect may allow you to shoot at 2-5 shutter speed stops slower than without IS.

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With IS function

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Without IS function

 

Dynamic IS

Minimises shake during movie shooting while moving

This is a handy function that is unique to the Movie mode. By using a lens that comes with the Dynamic IS mode, camera shake can be minimised while you are recording and walking at the same time, thus preventing the resulting image from turning out blurry. The area of correction is particularly wide in the wide-angle zoom range, thus making it possible to address significant camera shake.

 

Ring USM, Micro USM, Nano USM

Enables silent and high-speed focusing

USM (Ultrasonic Motor) was first put into practical application in the world by Canon. USM drives the lens by transforming ultrasonic vibrations into rotation energy. Not only does it consume little power, it has high efficiency, torque and response, enabling high-speed focusing with almost no operating sound emitted.

There are three types of USM . The round-shaped Ring USM is simple in structure, and is best suited for use in a circular lens tube. It is especially useful for driving lenses such as large-diameter or super telephoto ones due to its high torque, and it also allows for full-time manual focusing. Meanwhile, the Micro USM can be employed on many types of lenses because it is low in cost and not subject to restrictions on the lens diameter. In 2002, Canon contributed further to the downsizing of lenses with the development of the Micro USM II, which is about half the size and weight of the Micro USM . And in 2016, Canon introduced Nano USM, which not only realizes a high speed AF that rivals that achieved by Ring USM, but also is able to operate quietly and seamlessly. It’s not an exaggeration to describe Nano USM as the most ideal motor for normal-use lenses that are meant to handle both still photography and movie shooting.

 Rung USM

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Micor USM (Left), Micro USM II (Right)

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Nano USM—The thin and tiny USM motor that achieves fast and smooth AF

Thin and compact, this USM, the latest to be developed by Canon, made its debut in 2016 on the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6mm IS USM. Computer chip-shaped (a factor that allows a more compact lens design) with power sources in the form of transducers, it connects directly to the AF actuating mechanism. It possesses a speediness and responsiveness that rivals that of the Ring USM, combined with a control that equals that of STM (lead screw-type). Its main benefit lies in enabling quiet, smooth AF operation in compactly-sized lenses such as standard zoom lenses. Also very suitable for movie-shooting, its high speed AF is able to handle scenes with subjects that are moving at a fast speed as well as those with unpredictable movements.

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The Nano USM is shaped like a computer chip, and has 2 transducers in its center.

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A cross section of the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, released in 2016 and the first lens to carry the Nano USM. Moving along the top of the slider, the Nano USM directly drives the main AF power source. As this motor not only allows for fast and smooth AF but is also small in size, it makes it possible for the lens that utilize it to be around the same size as lenses with STM.

 

Inner Focusing, Rear Focusing

Enables high-speed and precise AF

The inner focusing and rear focusing systems adjust the focus by moving only some of the lens elements inside the lens. Inner focusing refers to the type where the focusing lens group is located in front of the aperture diaphragm, while this group is positioned behind the aperture diaphragm in the case of the rear focusing type. As a smaller number of lens elements need to be moved, AF speed can be increased, and the size and weight of the entire lens can also be reduced. Besides, the front of the lens does not extend out during focusing, thus making it easy to achieve an integral lens structure, which in turn contributes to the enhanced robustness of the design. Yet another advantage of this system is that it enhances the operability of polarising filters as the filter mount does not rotate during focusing.

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EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM Rear System

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EF400mm f/5.6L USM Rear System

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EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Inner System

Full-time Manual Focusing

Enables MF immediately after AF

Many of Canon’s EF lenses are equipped with “full-time manual focusing”, which allows manual focus right after auto focus is complete, just by turning the focusing ring and without the need to switch to MF mode. All Ring USM and STM lenses support full-time manual focusing.

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Circular Aperture Diaphragm

Expresses point light sources in beautiful round bokeh

The aperture is made up of several blades, the number of which determines the shape of the bokeh effect, such as in the case of illumination, light seeping through the leaves of a tree, and light reflection from the water surface. Light normally appears round when seen through our eyes, thus expressing light in a circular shape adds a more natural and soft touch to the resulting image. Almost all EF lenses employ a circular aperture diaphragm.

 

 

Specifications

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Specification Details
PRODUCT WEIGHT INPUT-1 515 g
FILTER DIAMETER (MM) 67
MAXIMUM DIAMETER X LENGTH (MM) 77.4 × 96

OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Specification Details
DISTANCE INFORMATION Yes
LENS CONSTRUCTION (ELEMENTS/GROUPS) 16/12
MINIMUM APERTURE 22 – 38(36)
MAGNIFICATION WITH EXTENSION TUBE EF12 II 0.43-0.09
MAGNIFICATION WITH EXTENSION TUBE EF25 II 0.61-0.21
ANGLE OF VIEW 64° 30′ – 9° 30′, 45° 30′ – 6° 20′, 74° 20′ -11° 30′ (horizontal, vertical, diagonal)
MAGNIFICATION 0.28

ACCESSORIES

Specification Details
EXTENDER COMPATIBLITY  Not Compatible

 

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EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Price:63500₨
  • Mount : EF-S

  • Aperture : f/3.5-5.6

  • Lens Type : Zoom Lens

  • Category : Standard Zoom

  • Focal Length Range : 18-135mm

  • Photography Genre : General

  • Technology : USM

  • Dust/Moisture resistance : No

  • Weight : 515 g

  • Luxury Lens : No

  • IS System : Yes

  • Lens Construction (Elements/Groups) : 16 elements in 12 groups

  • Filter Diameter (mm) : 67

  • Closest Focusing Distance (m) : 0.39

  • Length (mm) : 96

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