Canon's family of lenses destined for cropped sensor(aps-c) DSLRs The optics on some of these are very high quality.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens review at Camera Stuff Review

Ivo Freriks tests the lens with a Canon T4i/650D Dslr body, and discovers that these two make an excellent combo, especially when video shooting comes to play:

"Optically, the Canon 18-135mm zoom lens STM is slightly better, but not much different than its predecessor. The main differences of this review compared to the Canon 18-135 mm review that we have previously published, is the improved performance for chromatic aberration and vignetting. And these improvements are caused by the in-camera lens corrections made by the Canon 650D. . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-f5.6 IS STM review (tested with a Canon 7D) and score by DXO Mark: An excellent Super Zoom but no significant improvement.

"With a DxOMark Score of 12 the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-f5.6 IS STM achieves an excellent rating for an all-in-one Super Zoom lens. In terms of Sharpness the latest version just edges out its predecessor the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5 –f/5.6 IS to make it the sharpest Super Zoom on the DxOMark tested database.

Updated from a previous version to include Canon’s new Stepper Motor for silent autofocus during video capture the DxOMark Scores indicate there’s no discernable difference in optical performance between the new and old versions. There

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review by Gary Wolstenholme at Ephotozine: Descent but not exceptional, and very expensive when not sold as part of a kit.

The old Canon 18-135mm IS USM lens reincarnated with a stepper motor, more suitable for video recording where smoothness and silence during AF operation is a prerequisite:

"At maximum aperture and 18mm sharpness is already excellent in the centre of the frame, with the clarity towards the edges of the frame being not too far behind. Peak sharpness is achieved between f/4 and f/5.6 for this focal length, and sharpness is excellent across the frame at these apertures. . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review at The-Digital-Picture.

"The 18-135 STM features a simple, smoothly-shaped exterior that is practically all zoom and focus rings. The zoom ring located toward the rear of the lens is my preference for positioning. Again featured is a quality plastic barrel with an attractive finish and the usual ribbed-rubber-covered rings.


Noticeably improved from the 18-135 IS is that there is practically no play in the 18-135 STM's extended lens barrel - and essentially no play in the focus and zoom rings. The rings are very smooth with a nice amount of dampening. A zoom lock . . . read more

Canon unveils the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses

'STM' is the keyword here, and it stands for 'Step Technology Motor'. These are the first such lenses in Canon's line-up, and are optimized for video shooting. Their performance, speed wise is a step (no pun intended) below those equipped with USM. 

Canon Press Release. . . . read more

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM review at Photozone

"On Canon APS-C DSLRs such as the EOS 350D (used for testing) its zoom range resembles ~16-35mm on full frame cameras. One the things you notice upon first contact is its (pseudo-)IF design - the lens does NOT extend during zooming. There is a moving inner tube according to the zoom position (similar to

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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM review at SLR Gear

"The 15-85mm shows very sharp results, even at its widest apertures. Used wide open at its widest angle (ƒ/3.5 at 15mm) we note a very sharp sweet spot of sharpness in the center, between 1 and 1.5 blur units. There is very light corner softness, approaching 2 blur units in the corners. As the lens is stopped down at

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS review at SLR Gear

"Canon dropped an early Christmas present with the announcement of this consumer-level lens. As an upgrade from the 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 USM EF-S lens that is bundled as the standard ''kit'' lens with many Canon dSLR cameras, many Canon photographers may be looking to Santa longingly. And Santa's

budget may not be pushed too far, with an announced price point of $199. . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS review at photodo

"Weighing 595g, this lens isn't overly large or heavy for one that covers such a range and it balances extremely well on the EOS 7D used for testing. Build quality is good, with much of the lens barrel being constructed from high quality textured plastics, typical of Canon's higher-end EF-S lenses. The lens mount is metal and as it is an EF-S has a baffle protruding from the rear to prevent mounting of the lens on

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM review at photodo

"As is normal with Canon’s mid range lenses the build of the EF-S 60mm Macro is certainly up to the job. Being a prime lens the operation is simple with only an AF/MF switch and a manual focus ring to control proceedings. The AF/MF switch is in the usual place, just to the left of centre near the mount. The mount is the EF-S that sports a white spot as opposed to the more normal red one of the standard

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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 review at photodo

"Last, but not least, Tokina have three lenses in their line-up covering this range, although none are as wide as the Canon or Sigma equivalents. Two 12-24mm lenses with a constant maximum aperture of f/4 are available. The older of the two costs around £430, and the newer version, which has an improved focusing motor costs around £485. Tokina are currently the only manufacturer to offer a lens in this . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS review at photodo

"For a budget lens, this optic is pretty well put together. The lens barrel is constructed from texture finished plastics, which feel reasonably lightweight, but high quality. An attractive silver ring next to the focus control finishes off the lens nicely.

The zoom ring has a wide rubberised grip and is very smooth to turn with very little effort. Although there is little resistance in the zoom mechanism, I had no issues with zoom creep during testing,

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Though not exceptionally wide, 18mm will work fine in modest-sized rooms and 55mm will produce reasonable head and shoulder portraits. Tightly cropped head shots will start showing perspective distortion - including big noses - and are are best avoided. Landscapes and other general purpose photography work well in this range.  . . . read more

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM review at SLR Gear

"It's great to see the camera manufacturers making more and more lenses optimized for their sub-frame DSLRs. A great example of this trend is the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, a really excellent wide-to-medium range zoom with image stabilization. This would be the lens for a shooter interested in top-notch optical quality and low-light shooting.

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II review at SLR Gear

"The Canon kit lens is remarkably good, considering its economical price point; there's not much of an improvement between this lens and the previous (second) version of the 18-55mm.

The 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS II shows excellent sharpness at 18mm wide-open at ƒ/3.5, a focal
length/aperture combination which typically shows off the weakness of most consumer-grade lenses.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM reviw at SLR Gear

"Although higher priced and including optical image stabilization, the Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS could be seen as Canon's answer to the excellent 18-70mm lens that Nikon offers in bundles with the D70S. Optically, the two lenses are surprisingly similar, with good to very good sharpness across the frame, and

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS review at SLR Gear

"Looking at the lens at its widest aperture settings, it performs quite well for the price tag. Wide open at ƒ/3.5 at its widest angle of 18mm, the lens is sharp in the middle, tapering out to slightly soft corners; zooming in to 24-50mm produces even sharper results, even wide open at ƒ/4-5 at those focal lengths. At

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM review at SLR Gear

"As you'd expect from a prime, the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro delivers superior sharpness over a wide range of aperture settings. Wide open, its just a little on the soft side, but just one stop down at f/4, it's "prickly sharp," and very sharp indeed all the way out to f/11. (Like many lenses, things get quite soft . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens is somewhat soft (not sharp) wide open, especially at the longer half of the focal length range. The 18mm corners are extra soft while corners at 55mm are unique to this lens' performance - they are quite sharp wide open. For the most part, if you can shoot at f/5.6 (or f/8 at the long end), this lens does an OK job with image sharpness. The image begins . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Overall, these two lenses (Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II Lens left, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens right) are very similar physically. The most obvious physical difference between the lenses is the new grip pattern on the zoom ring (above right). This change gives the lens a nicer, higher quality feel. The 18-55 IS is slightly longer and has Canon's newer recessed-style switches for . . . read more

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Autofocus shows its technologically modern performance - it is fast, quiet and accurate. The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens incorporates Canon's excellent USM (Ultrasonic Motor) with FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing. An internal focusing design is used. The lens does not change length while focusing nor does the front element rotate - a big plus when using the compatible Canon MR-14ex . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"There is no distance window on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens. The tiny manual focusing ring is barely usable and is located on the end of the extending objective end of the lens. There is no USM focusing motor (on the kit model) which means there is no FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing.  . . . read more

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM review at SLR Gear

"The Canon 10-22 EF-S is a surprisingly high quality optic, although one would perhaps expect that, given its premium pricing. It does unusually well wide open, although some softness creeps into the corners of the frame at its longest (22mm) focallength. It's "sweet spot" of maximum sharpness ranges from f/5.6-8.0 . . . read more

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Why put Image Stabilization into a wide angle to short telephoto zoom lens? For the same reason you put it into telephoto lenses - to reduce camera shake. Since the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens has third generation IS, it can be handheld up to 3 f-stops lower than a non-IS lens at the same focal length. Granted, a wide angle lens can be handheld at lower shutter speeds than a long . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The optional, nicely-sized, petal type Canon EW-73B Lens Hood shown above is the same model used by the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens. 

Obviously, and like all similar lenses, the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens extends/retracts with focal length change

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"Yes, there are lenses with longer focal length ranges, but few go as wide as 15mm and they usually offer compromises - typically where it hurts the most - image quality. And image quality is one area where this lens delivers. 

This is not a Canon L Series Lens (as of this review date, Canon has not released an EF-S L lens), but the Canon EF-S 15-85mm

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS review at SLR Gear

"The 18-200mm, like all ''vacation lenses,'' must make concessions to balance optical performance, weight and price. In this regard the Canon lens is not immune. Our copy of the Canon 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS seemed to be very slightly out of alignment, with the effect most noticeable at 18mm (the sharpest region

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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"At the super-wide 10mm setting, my tripod is barely outside of the frame. At 22mm, the framing is similar to what many general purpose zoom lenses can deliver at their widest focal length - which is likely similar to the 17mm or 22mm examples. 

Knowing Canon's excellent-at-that-time 16-35 L and 17-40 L lenses had some shortcomings at their wide end (namely strong barrel

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM review at photodo

"This lens, like most of the Canon stable, is nicely finished in a slightly off-gloss plastic and sports an all-metal mount. Forward of the mount is a distance window marked in metres and feet, and, as is the trend nowadays, no attempt has been made at including a depth-of-field scale. Alongside this, on the left of the barrel, is a raised panel with AF on/off and Image Stabilisation on/off switches. A narrow

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM review at SLR Gear

"As an entry-level "kit" lens, cost of manufacture was almost certainly a key design parameter for the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, but it nonetheless manages to do pretty well optically, particularly when stopped down a little. That said though, performance wide open is indeed a little rough, until you get . . . read more

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