I had a hard time getting my hands on the canon 60D. I read a lot of reviews that suggested that I should skip the 60DвЂ™s kit lens and go straight for primes. Either that or just to save up for a better zoom lens. I searched for a while and couldnвЂ™t find any at my local shops because they only sold the 60d bundled with the kit lens. So, I ended up buying the 60D body only online, but of course with my luck I got a bad egg. So I sent it back and got my refund. I wasted about 2 weeks and I was still without the camera. I later found out that a local camera shop not too far from my house had the 60d body only. Again, with my luck they instantly sold out. I wasnвЂ™t going to wait 2 weeks for the shop to get their next shipment nor was I planning to order another one. I didnt want to prolong owning something that I wanted to get serious with because I already had done that long enough. So instead I spent the extra 300 bucks and went for the 18-135mm kit lens. I figured if its coming with a 60d, so how bad can it be?
While itвЂ™s not the red ring L series beauty, it is still has an overall good build quality. In comparison with the canon 50mm 1.8 or even canons lower model kit 18-55mm lens, (Check out that review here) the 18-135mm feels great.В The focus ring is nicely placed and the zoom feels much sturdier. I didnвЂ™t like the focus ring on the 50mm 1.8 or the 18-5mm kits.В It didnвЂ™t feel sturdy and I thought it was placed a little too close to the actual glass.
I saw a lot of reviews that suggested the 60DвЂ™s kit lens had a huge vignette problem. I think this was an over exaggerate.В I personally didnвЂ™t notice any vignette in my actual photos. However like many has claimed, when zoomed all the way out at 18mm, there is a slight vignette around the edge. ItвЂ™s there but honestly, I donвЂ™t find it a huge problem.В But I know to some it is, so just keep that in mind. It is there. В I donвЂ™t see any problems with vignette when zoomed all the way at 135mm.
This is a pretty standard lens so donвЂ™t expect anything amazing. It has a maximum aperture of 3.5 and if you donвЂ™t understand aperture, to keep it simple the lower the aperture the sharper your images are and the more light your sensor can take it. (Low light shooting!) ThatвЂ™s why a lot of people recommend prime lenses because while they donвЂ™t zoom they usually have high apertures.В Be aware that the aperture of 3.5 is not constant. So when youвЂ™re zooming in youвЂ™ll see that your aperture is at 5.6 or so. В To be blunt and to no surprise this lens struggles in low light conditions. F3.5 justВ doesntВ cut it. Check out some primes if you intend to shoot a lot of low light images or videos.В However when your shooting if good lighting I think this lens is great for both video work and photo work.В ItвЂ™s a basic lens but it does its job as a kit lens pretty well. В I suppose you must work with the gear you have. Remember while gear is important, itвЂ™s not the determinate factor of your final image quality.
For the actual image quality, I read a lot of reviews beforehand that suggested the 18-55mm kit lens was actually a tad bit sharper. And after taking a lot of shots I can confirm this myself. Not a huge difference but I see it. Overall though, I think image quality is pretty good if youвЂ™re just starting photography.
All in all
My friend and I were talking about this lens recently and we came to a clear conclusion. While it is a great lens to start, itвЂ™s still a kit lens and with this lens youвЂ™ll want to upgrade pretty soon. Having a DSLR you would usually intend to buy more glass, if not then we would all just shoot on high end point and shoots (Hello x100!).
So do I recommend it?В В While I did enjoy the lens, I donвЂ™t recommend getting this lens AT FULL PRICE. ItвЂ™s a fun lens at first but youвЂ™ll quickly notice your photo and videos will feel a bit limited.
However, if you can find this for a cheap bargain would say this is a nice lens to have on the side with its good build quality, great zoom, and overall good image quality.