In this video I show how I use this lens.

I did a review of this lens a long time ago only after using it for one weekend, now that I have had this lens for over a year I thought I would talk more about how I use this lens.

All the footage you just saw was from my family vacation to San Diego was taken with the Canon 28-135mm zoom lens and more importantly it was all shot handheld, just the bare camera and lens no other equipment besides a camera strap.

This lens really shines in outdoor use when I and running and gunning, a zoom lens is a must for me, there is no way I can follow my kids while changing out multiple prime lenses, that is just not going to happen. I like to travel light with just one lens in situations like Sea World.

My favorite thing about this lens is the IS Image Stabilization. I am kind of cheating here because I am using slow motion which makes it look even smoother but it makes me look like a pro even though I am not using any other extra gear.

It really doesn’t work as well inside, so I try not to use it too much indoors because the lens is not very fast at all compared to a prime.

Also over the past year I have compared it to many other lenses I have reviewed (mostly primes) and I can tell you it has always been the least sharpest lens.

I don’t use it for interviews or low light situations, but it is my go to run and gun outdoor lens.

But for the price (FIND PRICES) it is a great lens to own.

So if you are looking for a good travel zoom lens to bang around for video for outdoor use, this lens might be for you.

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Products used in this video

Canon 28-135mm



  • Dave
    This lens is also my default for when I go out. If there are specific shots I am planning for, I will then evaluate what lens to use. There is just enough wide angle and zoom to accommodate most circumstances you may find yourself in. I actually am pleased with the sharpness and as you stated, for the price, this is my pick for your everyday, all purpose lens. Thanks for the post!

  • Nice filming Dave,

    I bought the kit 18-135mm IS lens with my T2i. I really like it (Taking into account that’s all I can afford right now) because of some of the features you mentioned. In fact as I’m typing my brother is editing some footage using the slow motion effect you did in this post.


  • My 60d came with a 18-135 and I never realized how functional that lens was until I got my 50mm and shot some with a 70-200 f4 and a 70-200 f2.8 (both non IS) .. Not only does the 18-135 have the IS that neither the 50 mm or the 70-200’s have, but the focal length was awesome.. 18mm is wide enough for any landscape I shoot and 135mm is most of the time long enough for most of my video shots.

    Like you said it suffers indoors and shooting photography at basketball games for my high school on the 18-135 was frustrating with the f5.6 but outdoors as a everyday lens I couldn’t ask for a better starter lens.. Anyone that comes to me asking about first lenses always gets the answer of a 18-135 as an everyday lens and a 50mm for controlled shots..

  • An excellent lens. When it comes to run and gun, the smaller aperture is a virtue because of the increased depth of field. An essential tool!

  • I was going to buy this lens second hand but found I couldn’t afford the IS version. There are also many build types for this lens floating around. Reviews I have seen recommend you stay away from some as they are very plasticy and prone to failure. Don’t recall which ones but that they have markings on the base to tell them apart (Japanese from Korean I think).

    I did find that I could afford the 55-210mm with IS, but it is VERY plasticky. Oh well, at least it’s long end is terrific. And I managed to shoot with it almost all day at a kids park like you have in this shoot. I tried using a monopod also but found it troublesome when moving quickly around kids.

    Lastly I wonder Dave, what frame rate you shot at and whether you stick to the 180deg rule for shooting slomo? That is at 720p 60fps shoot at shutter 120th sec.

  • Dave, what’s your aim with your videography? I enjoy your reviews and all, but when taking your videos into account, very few of them approach the equipment from a cinematic point of view. Not that that’s bad, but my purpose is making movies rather than time lapses and other “video journalism” and for me, it would be good to see the lenses you review in more movie-like scenarios.