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Mar 08, 2011 16:34 |  #1

Is it worth getting this lens? Looking to replace my kit lens from my rebel Xti 18-55mm. I shoot 90% outdoors. I also use a 75-300mm IS USM lens for wildlife shots for now. I would like something for outdoor portraits. I also noticed allot of these for sale? Makes me wonder.
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Mar 08, 2011 16:56 |  #2

The reason you see them a lot in the for sale section because it is a kit lens. Its the lens that comes with most camera bodies from the 7D, 50D, 40D, etc. If you already have a 18-55 and a 70-300 then no I wouldn't think it would be a good lens to buy.

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Mar 08, 2011 16:57 |  #3

This is a good lens.
Is it worth getting to upgrade from your kit lens (18-55) ? Its depend if the range is usefull or not for you.
A lot of this lens also for sale, I think its because this lens also sold as a kit lens with some camera, and people usually want to upgrade.




  
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Mar 08, 2011 17:43 as a reply to  @ canondslr's post |  #4

Actually the 18-55 (is) is sharper than the 28-135...I have had both, and sold the 28-135...depending on what you shoot...there are many that do use this as there walk around lens,,,it is a little heavy...it is not a bad lens, it might be a little long at the 28mm end on crop cameras..




  
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Mar 08, 2011 17:49 |  #5

mark2009 wrote in post #11983102 (external link)
Actually the 18-55 (is) is sharper than the 28-135...I have had both, and sold the 28-135...depending on what you shoot...there are many that do use this as there walk around lens,,,it is a little heavy...it is not a bad lens, it might be a little long at the 28mm end on crop cameras..

i don't think the o.p. has the IS version though(XSI was the first camera it came with, o.p. has XTI)...i like my 28-135mm as a walk around...i don't think i'd be happy with a smaller range...but at the very least o.p. you can update your lens to the IS version


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Mar 08, 2011 18:12 |  #6

For the money you can get one off Craigslist for, the 28-135 is a good lens. It's mid-grade build quality is considerably better than most kit lenses. It's got relatively fast, quiet, accurate USM. The I.S. on it is an earlier or simpler version, but still effective for a couple stops. Image quality is actually quite comparable to 24-70L and 24-105L.... You'd have a tough time telling apart 8x10 prints made from each. 28-135 is also reasonably close focusing. A couple minor issues... it's common for the 28-135 to have "zoom creep". And sometimes the barrel is a little sloppy (seems slightly loose). But neither have much or any effect on the lens' capabilities.

One thing since you mention portraits... The 28-135 isn't a large aperture lens, heck it's f5.6 out at the 135 end. A lot of time for portraits its nice to have f2.8 zoom or a prime that has even larger apertures, for nice background blur effects.

I also like the focal length for a walk-around lens, on a crop camera it's a standard to moderate telephoto. You might want to compliment it with something wide, such as Canon 10-22... or Tokina 12-24/4, which I think is another really good value lens.

Eventually for wildlife you might want something longer.... Canon 100-400, Sigma 120-400 or 150-500.


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Mar 08, 2011 18:18 |  #7

Yeah, I would consider the 18-55IS to be more of an upgrade than the 28-135.

For maybe roughly a $100 more over a 28-135 you can probably pick up a Tamron 17-50.


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Mar 08, 2011 18:26 |  #8

Saint728 wrote in post #11982802 (external link)
The reason you see them a lot in the for sale section because it is a kit lens. Its the lens that comes with most camera bodies from the 7D, 50D, 40D, etc. If you already have a 18-55 and a 70-300 then no I wouldn't think it would be a good lens to buy.

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I have to partly agree with Patrick here. While it is not by any means a really bad lens, it is not a stunning lens either. Mine is hit and miss, but I won't sell it because after playing around with it I can get good pictures, some very good in fact, but in saying that it can still be a bit of a lottery with it. I originally got it as a walkaround, but found it not wide enough for what I wanted, I kept reaching for my 10-22, which has longer length limitations. I ended up going with a 15-85 & have not regretted it. IQ is good and it is a very handy walkaround lens.


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Mar 08, 2011 18:30 |  #9

pxchoi wrote in post #11983308 (external link)
Yeah, I would consider the 18-55IS to be more of an upgrade than the 28-135.

For maybe roughly a $100 more over a 28-135 you can probably pick up a Tamron 17-50.

This sounds like great advice...

Your telephoto is a good one...keep it. Your kit lens (if you indeed have the non-IS) is pretty bad. You can get some good pics out of it, but it's fairly low on the ladder. The Tamron, on the other hand, is a great lens...would complement your 70-300 nicely.


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Mar 08, 2011 18:36 |  #10

pxchoi wrote in post #11983308 (external link)
Yeah, I would consider the 18-55IS to be more of an upgrade than the 28-135.

For maybe roughly a $100 more over a 28-135 you can probably pick up a Tamron 17-50.

Second on the Tamron...I've had several copies of the 28-135mm and they've all been soft anything short of f/8.


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Mar 08, 2011 18:46 |  #11

pxchoi wrote in post #11983308 (external link)
Yeah, I would consider the 18-55IS to be more of an upgrade than the 28-135.

For maybe roughly a $100 more over a 28-135 you can probably pick up a Tamron 17-50.

Agree,,,that is actually what I did...




  
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Mar 08, 2011 20:27 |  #12

Yup. I've been there and learned from my mistakes. I've used 3 copies of the 28-135 pretty extensively and never was impressed with any of them.


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Mar 08, 2011 21:39 |  #13

Thanks everyone, I do not have the IS on the 18-55 that is why I was thinking this would be a good lens or upgrade from this pile. Yes I would like to get a nice L 2.8 lens, but that won't happen for at least a year. Also might upgrade camera in the next year as well. This site is so awesome,great people. Thanks again.


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Mar 08, 2011 23:06 |  #14

trapper34 wrote in post #11984595 (external link)
Thanks everyone, I do not have the IS on the 18-55 that is why I was thinking this would be a good lens or upgrade from this pile. Yes I would like to get a nice L 2.8 lens, but that won't happen for at least a year. Also might upgrade camera in the next year as well. This site is so awesome,great people. Thanks again.

Really consider looking at the Tamron 17-50. It's a very affordable lens and for almost the same price that you can find the 28-135, you can probably get a used Tamron 17-50.

Great lens! I shot with this lens for a couple year and I loved it.


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Mar 09, 2011 07:29 |  #15

I am also considering the tamron 17-50. After reading post about it on here. Thanks


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