01-21-2019 09:42 PM
Hey, I just bought a used 18-135 IS STM recently. Unforunately, I've ran into a problem where on the top right corner of the image, it looses its sharpness.
Here is a sample photo from the 18-135:
Compared to a sample photo from my old 18-55 IS (NON STM) lens:
In both cases, my shutter speed is at 1/1000, ISO is set to 200 and F-stop was set to f/5. Image Stabilization is also turned on. Please help!
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01-21-2019 11:31 PM - edited 01-21-2019 11:32 PM
Was the focal length the same?
You need to post larger images.
If you "recently" bought it, it should still be under waranty, call Canon.
01-21-2019 12:25 AM
Apologies, I'll post larger versions of the image from the 18-135 below:
If you zoom in to the top right corner, you can see what I'm talking about.
And the 18-55 IS for comparsion below:
The focal length on the photo taken with the 18-55 IS was 39 mm and the focal length on the photo taken with the 18-135 IS STM was 35mm. The lens was bought used and I checked, it's no longer under warranty.
01-21-2019 02:06 AM
It does look like the lens is soft on the right side. It could be "de-centered".
f/5 is almost wide open. It might get better if you stop down to f/8. You can send it in to Canon to get checked, or just live with it.
01-22-2019 09:44 AM
"The focal length on the photo taken with the 18-55 IS was 39 mm and the focal length on the photo taken with the 18-135 IS STM was 35mm."
You have so many things wrong with your reasoning, let's start. First you can not compare two totally different lenses expecting them to both be as sharp as each other. Just ain't gonna happen. Next any smaller zoom range lens will tend to be sharper than a larger zoom range lens. A fact of life. It is the price you pay for convenience of zooming. You were shooting nearly wide ope which is the worst place for almost any lens for best IQ. Try again at a reasonable aperture of f8. The left side of the shot is closer than the less sharp right side. Lastly, although 4mm difference in aperture is small it will have an effect on the shot.
Someone above said to live with it. That is the best advice for a lens of this type because it is probably as good as it is.
01-23-2019 12:07 PM
Thanks all for your assistance. I tried stepping it down to f/8 and made the right side improve quite a lot. It's still a little bit blurry but barely noticable to my eye at all.