Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens £269 with free del & 2 years guarantee @ Canon
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens £269 with free del & 2 years guarantee @ Canon

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Found 20th Dec 2017
Looks like Canon have dropped some gear back down again to their Black Friday prices. This is a brill offer on this lens, works with a few models, just in case you're wondering.

Compatibility

  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 77D
  • EOS 80D
  • EOS 100D
  • EOS 200D
  • EOS 700D
  • EOS 750D
  • EOS 800D
  • EOS 1300D

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Offering a multi purpose zoom range from wide angle to telephoto, and featuring Canon’s 4-stop Image Stabilizer, the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS provides complete versatility what ever your needs.

Benefits
  • Versatile zoom range – great for landscapes, portraits and travel.
  • Compact lightweight design.
  • Avoid camera shake with a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer.
What's in the box
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
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jazlabs1 h, 19 m ago

Note: This is NOT the newer STM version of this lens. This is the newer …Note: This is NOT the newer STM version of this lens. This is the newer version; https://store.canon.co.uk/canon-ef-s-18-135mm-f-3-5-5-6-is-stm-lens/6097B005/The STM version is an excellent lens, not sure about this one.


They are essentially the same lens. STM means Stepper Motor, which is a type of motor used in some Canon lenses designed to eliminate the noise made when the lens is auto focusing - useful for Canon DSLRs that record video so you can have the lens set to continuously autofocus while shooting without picking up the sound of gears whirring on your audio track.

Apart from that, they've got the same specifications so optics should be the same. If you're only or mostly going to use this lens for photography (or don't need autofocusing while shooting video, like if you're filming something relatively stationary or you're hardcore and like to focus manually) the non-STM version will be fine. The STM version is £130 more, so that's how much silent autofocusing is going to cost you.

Also note that the Compatibility list is not exhaustive (it's only the 'guaranteed' compatibility list, which I'm guessing means Canon will only offer support if you have an issue using it with one of those cameras, and not if you have an older camera).
This is an EF-S lens, meaning it will fit and work with any Canon DSLR with an EF mount that has an APS-C crop-sensor, and you can see which ones have that here - en.wikipedia.org/wik…ras
So there are lots of older models it will work with too.
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Note: This is NOT the newer STM version of this lens.
This is the newer version; store.canon.co.uk/can…05/

The STM version is an excellent lens, not sure about this one.
This is fine if you are not recording video with this lens. Otherwise the STM version is better for videos...
Nothing
It never went up in price after Black Friday and from the last time I posted this... They rolled this lens out specially for their Black Friday offer and looks like are depleting stocks.
jazlabs1 h, 19 m ago

Note: This is NOT the newer STM version of this lens. This is the newer …Note: This is NOT the newer STM version of this lens. This is the newer version; https://store.canon.co.uk/canon-ef-s-18-135mm-f-3-5-5-6-is-stm-lens/6097B005/The STM version is an excellent lens, not sure about this one.


They are essentially the same lens. STM means Stepper Motor, which is a type of motor used in some Canon lenses designed to eliminate the noise made when the lens is auto focusing - useful for Canon DSLRs that record video so you can have the lens set to continuously autofocus while shooting without picking up the sound of gears whirring on your audio track.

Apart from that, they've got the same specifications so optics should be the same. If you're only or mostly going to use this lens for photography (or don't need autofocusing while shooting video, like if you're filming something relatively stationary or you're hardcore and like to focus manually) the non-STM version will be fine. The STM version is £130 more, so that's how much silent autofocusing is going to cost you.

Also note that the Compatibility list is not exhaustive (it's only the 'guaranteed' compatibility list, which I'm guessing means Canon will only offer support if you have an issue using it with one of those cameras, and not if you have an older camera).
This is an EF-S lens, meaning it will fit and work with any Canon DSLR with an EF mount that has an APS-C crop-sensor, and you can see which ones have that here - en.wikipedia.org/wik…ras
So there are lots of older models it will work with too.
reddragon10516 m ago

They are essentially the same lens. STM means Stepper Motor, which is a …They are essentially the same lens. STM means Stepper Motor, which is a type of motor used in some Canon lenses designed to eliminate the noise made when the lens is auto focusing - useful for Canon DSLRs that record video so you can have the lens set to continuously autofocus while shooting without picking up the sound of gears whirring on your audio track.Apart from that, they've got the same specifications so optics should be the same. If you're only or mostly going to use this lens for photography (or don't need autofocusing while shooting video, like if you're filming something relatively stationary or you're hardcore and like to focus manually) the non-STM version will be fine. The STM version is £130 more, so that's how much silent autofocusing is going to cost you.Also note that the Compatibility list is not exhaustive (it's only the 'guaranteed' compatibility list, which I'm guessing means Canon will only offer support if you have an issue using it with one of those cameras, and not if you have an older camera).This is an EF-S lens, meaning it will fit and work with any Canon DSLR with an EF mount that has an APS-C crop-sensor, and you can see which ones have that here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Canon_EOS_digital_camerasSo there are lots of older models it will work with too.


Useful information.

However, note that I was merely stating an easy to miss fact. It was not my intent to voice any opinion on STM vs USM versions of the lens. I have the STM, as it came as part of a kit, I didn't even do much comparison as the USM was not available as a kit. I only know that some of the other lenses that have been replaced with STM versions, there have been improvements in the optics (the 50mm prime for example) - I guess this is not the case for the 18-135mm.
Edited by: "jazlabs" 20th Dec 2017
Would this work on a 6d mkii?
2947581308 m ago

Would this work on a 6d mkii?


Sorry updated - no the 6D is a Full Frame sensor
Edited by: "maui" 20th Dec 2017
@reddragon105@jazlabs - Actually, there are optical differences between the IS and STM lenses according to DXOMark:
DXOMark Comparison

From my other deal, I did get the IS Only lens, which I did found to be rather noisy, which Canon then swapped out with the STM version and that is effectively silent, also the STM lens gets a lock on the zoom so it won't creep whilst walking around.
f/5.6 at 135mm. I'm out.
The STM version is also way superior to the older version due to a new design. photozone.de/can…t=2. The optical quality is 3.5/5 stars (and 5 stars overall value/performance) for the new version vs 2 stars for the old one (and only 3 stars overall value performance)
I would go for an unboxed STM for £231.06. onestop-digital.com/ind…214
maui13 m ago

@reddragon105 @jazlabs - Actually, there are optical differences between …@reddragon105 @jazlabs - Actually, there are optical differences between the IS and STM lenses according to DXOMark:DXOMark ComparisonFrom my other deal, I did get the IS Only lens, which I did found to be rather noisy, which Canon then swapped out with the STM version and that is effectively silent, also the STM lens gets a lock on the zoom so it won't creep whilst walking around.


Good to know, thanks. Didn't realise that the STM version came out almost 3 years after the original.
Thanks
2947581303 h, 35 m ago

Would this work on a 6d mkii?


You need a EF mount.
Have a look at the 24-105 - unfortunately, a lot more expensive, but married to a 6d ii....

Canon have cashback at the moment if it helps ease the pain.....
I have had a Canon DSLR for a few years, but have never bought EFS lenses as I knew one day I would buy a full frame Canon and wanted to have compatability. I bought a 24-105 L series from Wex for about £500 instead. although it does look like prices for this have gone up a bit over the past couple of years.
For those who don't know, there's a recent (3rd?) version of this lens, which is no longer described as having a STM motor, but Canon have gone back to the term USM, describing it as:

'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.'

See the canon UK website at:
canon.co.uk/len…usm
Much cheaper here, possible price glitch so be quick - amzn.eu/gLI…R8D
a lot of money for a novelty mug!
I need a decent-ish but not overly expensive EF lens for my 5D Mk iii.... Shame there isn't one around this price, still an amateur but thought I'd treat myself to a good camera as already had compatible lenses, just not finding them up to the job.

Still wondering on one of these but need the price to come down a bit first - Canon 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM or a
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Lens EX DG Macro
Edited by: "wars_t" 24th Dec 2017
great deal! voted up.
Wars161 h, 59 m ago

I need a decent-ish but not overly expensive EF lens for my 6D Mk iii.... …I need a decent-ish but not overly expensive EF lens for my 6D Mk iii.... Shame there isn't one around this price, still an amateur but thought I'd treat myself to a good camera as already had compatible lenses, just not finding them up to the job.Still wondering on one of these but need the price to come down a bit first - Canon 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM or a Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Lens EX DG Macro



Have you looked at the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM? Quite a bit cheaper than most Canon FF lenses.
Save your money for L Glass ...... or use this cost as a deposit and borrow for L Glass ....... nothing, and I mean nothing, comes close for sharpness.

Add the fact that you get most of your money back on L Glass and it's madness to buy anything else.

IMO
djeyewater23rd Dec 2017

Have you looked at the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM? Quite a bit cheaper …Have you looked at the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM? Quite a bit cheaper than most Canon FF lenses.


@Wars16
I have an EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM which is a pretty nice 'Non-L series' lens. Lots of aperture blades so you get a real nice round bokeh. It's no longer made but you might be able to pick up a good used one, but it does have a bit of a following too!
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I just nearly bought a Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4 L IS USM Lens @ £566.19 with student discount (courtesy of my university of HUKD student card!) plus and I think it's eligible for £105 cashback making it just over £460 at Amazon just now but had a change of mind seeing as I've already bought myself a Christmas present in the form of a Sonos Subwoofer....

Thanks for your suggestions re alternative lenses but I think I'm going to take @MrRee's advice and get the L lens when I can purchase it without feeling too guilty.
Edited by: "wars_t" 24th Dec 2017
Wars164 h, 25 m ago

[Image] I just nearly bought a Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4 L IS USM Lens @ …[Image] I just nearly bought a Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4 L IS USM Lens @ £566.19 with student discount (courtesy of my university of HUKD student card!) plus and I think it's eligible for £105 cashback making it just over £460 at Amazon just now but had a change of mind seeing as I've already bought myself a Christmas present in the form of a Sonos Subwoofer....Thanks for your suggestions re alternative lenses but I think I'm going to take @MrRee's advice and get the L lens when I can purchase it without feeling too guilty.


This is a lens I have ...... it is superb, you will not look back. Added to the mix is the fact you'll get most of your money back! It really is win, win, win .....
Edited by: "MrRee" 24th Dec 2017
percyrush23rd Dec

a lot of money for a novelty mug!


thinking the exact same thing
Wars1623rd Dec

I need a decent-ish but not overly expensive EF lens for my 5D Mk iii.... …I need a decent-ish but not overly expensive EF lens for my 5D Mk iii.... Shame there isn't one around this price, still an amateur but thought I'd treat myself to a good camera as already had compatible lenses, just not finding them up to the job.Still wondering on one of these but need the price to come down a bit first - Canon 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM or a Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Lens EX DG Macro



The Tamron 24-70 is the better option maybe worth a grey import, get the new mk2 version its better than the mk1, and almost as good as the new canon but half the price. but you are never going to get a full frame lens for the cost of a crop as there is a lot more glass, but no point having a decent camera and sticking a poor lens on it.
if you stick a poor lens on a 22mp sensor you might end up with a virtual 12mp sensor.
yes it might be expensive but you have a good camera. a 5d Mk3 with that lens on it will give you better pictures than the new 5d Mk4 with a poor lens on it.
Good website to compare camera and lens prices - camerapricebuster.co.uk
I have one of these bagged for £289 a couple of years ago to replace a broken kit lens. Barely took it off my Canon 550d since as its so versatile.
Is it water proof?
Newbie here. Will this work with Sony a6300? If so is it better than this amazon.co.uk/Son…QH8?
slow lens. f/2.8 constant or what's the point?
bobinv00127th Dec

Newbie here. Will this work with Sony a6300? If so is it better than this …Newbie here. Will this work with Sony a6300? If so is it better than this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-SELP18105G-Mount-APS-C-18-105/dp/B00ENZRQH8?


No, it just fits Canon.
However, the Sony lens you gave in the link seems pretty good > REVIEW
Any good for my EOS 20D
£299 now.
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