The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is designed as a step up from the standard-at-review-time 18-55mm IS kit lens.
The 18-135’s most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal length range, a low price, a relatively light weight/small package,
and a very nice IS (Image Stabilization) implementation.
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a significant upgrade from the standard-at-review-time 18-55mm IS kit lens.
It is an upgrade in many ways, but the 18-135’s most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal length range, a relatively light weight & small
package, a good IS (Image Stabilization) implementation and a low price (a great value in a DSLR kit – medium price otherwise).
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens is the review-time-current version of Canon’s least expensive APS-C DSLR kit lens
(replacing the EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens).
While it is designed as a starter lens and leaves a lot to be desired, it is a good value when purchased in a kit.
It is cheap, small and extremely light, has image stabilization and has a nice general purpose focal length range.
Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm kit lenses have always been small, light and cheap and the latest versions have the very useful image stabilization feature.
These lenses have been and continue to be a good value when purchased as a starter lens in a DSLR kit, but they have never been a strongly desired lens otherwise.
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is Canon USA’s fifth EF-S 18-55mm lens, and some of you in other countries may have seen an additional EF-S 18-55 lens model available.
While some of those lens iterations were mostly cosmetic, the “STM” version of this lens comes with some definite advantages over its predecessor,
the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, which continues to be available at review time.
If you are looking for an extremely sharp ultra-wide angle zoom lens, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens should be at the top of your consideration list.
This lens delivers prime-grade image sharpness right into full frame corners and it has the overall performance to match, including AF speed and accuracy.
A stellar-performing image stabilization system makes this lens even more useful.
The price, though not cheap, makes this lens a great value.