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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Ongoing Review & Testing - Page 2

post #11 of 13
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There is a tree in our neighborhood with beautiful fall foliage, so I took the camera out when it was well lit this morning for some more lens fun. There's no real "test" here, just seeing what it can do.

f/8, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 21 mm

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f/20, 1/20 sec, ISO 100, 24 mm

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f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 100, 106 mm (This is my favorite of the day.)

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f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 100, 106 mm

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f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 100, 35 mm

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f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 100, 48 mm

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post #12 of 13
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Another Focal Length Test

Went to the lake an a mostly cloudy day the other day. Lighting was awful, but the camera was present, so of course I took some photos.

Side note: I've manually reduced the brightness in most of these; there was a haze that the camera captured perfectly accurately, but that looked like crap. Reducing the brightness just a tad in Paint.net made the pictures 'pop' a lot more.

f/13, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 18 mm

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f/13, ISO 100, 1/100 sec, 24 mm

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f/13, ISO 100, 1/100 sec, 35 mm

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f/13, ISO 200, 1/160 sec, 87 mm

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f/13, ISO 500, 1/250 sec, 135 mm

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So yea, if you can't get by with a 135mm lens as a walkaround lens, you need to actually walk to get closer. This is plenty for any non-specialized purpose.
post #13 of 13
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Focus Tracking

Being at the lake, I also had the opportunity to test focus tracking (which has as much to do with the camera as the lens) and to my surprise, it was very accurate. Two geese went airborne in the middle of the focal photos above so I zoomed in & got a nice photo of them in flight.

f/13, ISO 1250, 1/160 sec, 120 mm

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Of course, I didn't stop there; who would? I tracked a gaggle of geese flying in formation. This was simply auto-focus, hold the shutter release and shoot. The T3 is slow (only ~3fps), but did a great job of tracking the geese with this lens.

f/8, ISO 250, 1/125 sec, 85 mm (all three of these were taken there)

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Not too bad at all for this rather inexpensive combo of camera & lens.
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