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EF 28-135 IS USM lens

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Mar 09, 2011 07:33 |  #16

My wife uses the 28-135 exclusivley on her XTI with amazing results, I dont know if she got a very sharp copy but it produces images with her combo that really very good. So the question is "are they worth Getting" if you were to get a copy like the on she has , then yes it is worth it

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Mar 09, 2011 12:28 as a reply to  @ digger58's post |  #17

I believe this lens is a very workable "walk-around" lens, especially for a beginner/novice to learn with. The only caveat, and others have mentioned it, is that 28mm is not very wide on a crop-sensor camera. I just sold mine, which I'd bought used off eBay last year some time. I had it on my XTi and my 50D a lot. I thought it had very good color reproduction, quick AF with the USM motor, and with full-time manual, it was very easy to make minor adjustments to the focus. I bought a new Canon EF-S 18-135 for just a few dollars more than what I sold the used 28 for, just to get the slightly wider bottom end. I do mostly nature/landscape/wildl​ife photography, very little low light or indoors stuff so the 28's slight weaknesses there didn't bother me. The 18 doesn't have USM or full-time manual, but it appears to be very similar to the 28, except for the EF-S designation (the 28 is an EF lens and will therefore fit anything).

I'd say get one and check it out. I have no qualms recommending it, especially in its price range.

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Mar 09, 2011 12:46 |  #18

digger58 wrote in post #11986508 (external link)
My wife uses the 28-135 exclusivley on her XTI with amazing results, I dont know if she got a very sharp copy but it produces images with her combo that really very good. So the question is "are they worth Getting" if you were to get a copy like the on she has , then yes it is worth it

maybe your wife (the photographer) is exceptional or maybe that copy is exceptional or perhaps your definition of "amazing" is different but all the lens review site show the 28-135 significantly worse in sharpness (image resolution) compared to the Canon 18-55IS and Canon 55-250IS

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Mar 09, 2011 13:49 |  #19

I agree that for someone starting out, the 28-135mm is VERY usable and it does offer some good features like USM and full-time manual focus. It also serves as a good outdoor walk around lens if you ignore or get over the zoom creep.

But once I started using the Tamron 17-50, it never came out of my bag again. All things considered, I still cannot recommend the 28-135 over other cheaper or comparatively priced lenses.

For almost the same price used, you can probably pick up a 18-55IS and 55-250IS.

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Mar 09, 2011 13:53 |  #20

I must have a very good copy too, mine produces excellent results

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Mar 09, 2011 21:38 |  #21

I used to bring this lens together with my old EOS 300D, it is an excellent lens in terms of sharpness. What I don't like is that the picture always turns to be pale and lack of contrast. It might be because that 300D is a low end 1st generation entry level camera but at the same time my 70-200/2.8 does very will in any aspect.

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Mar 09, 2011 22:59 |  #22

i have the 24-105 its a amazing lens. i sold my 28-135 then bought the 24-105 and opened up a new world of pictures.

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Mar 09, 2011 23:06 |  #23

The 28-135 I have is a very sharp copy for a consumer grade lens. The older ones had some softness issues. Do depending on when the they were made, you may have a softer copy. Also factor in that there will always be a precentage of off copies getting out there.

The advantage of the 28-135 if the FL works for you is a upgrade over the kit is that is covers more range, it has IS, and something not really mention. It is a pretty fast focusing lens with the USM motor. If you want to shoot outdoor action that is not to far off, it keeps up with the action very well.

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Mar 09, 2011 23:15 |  #24

Canon 28-135, I don't use it when I shoot professionally, but when I'm out and abouts, on a vacation, that's when I love to use it. Decent focal length, IS, and fairly sharp for a consumer lens.

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Mar 10, 2011 01:12 as a reply to  @ cpforyou's post |  #25

The 28-135 is not a lens covered by the 'no child left behind act'

But it's not gonna make it out of community college either.

For some reason I love the results I get with it on my 1D and on my film A2. I don't know what it is with those two cameras and that lens!!

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Mar 10, 2011 02:22 |  #26

I use the 28-135 on my XTI and 1D with great results,as a walk about lens it produces photos as good as I get from my 24-70L, But the 'L' lens wins in low light.

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