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Canon 28-105 USM worth it?

 
jswany
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Feb 02, 2012 15:17 |  #1

Is this lens worth $100. I am wondering if it will take better shots than my stock 18-55 lens. I know if will zoom farther, but quality wise. Is $100 going to yield better results, or should I let this deal pass me by? I mostly use it for pets, animals, and portraits.

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Feb 02, 2012 15:41 |  #2

not sure what your budget is, but there are a lot of 28-135's up for sale on the boards here for around $200-$300, and that's a much better lens.

Here is a comparison chart.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=2​&APIComp=0 (external link)


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Feb 02, 2012 15:47 |  #3

I know nothing about these people, so I am not promoting these sales. Just showing you the lens I mean.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1143744
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1144358


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Feb 02, 2012 16:02 |  #4

I think that is a little higher than I wanted to go. Still learning and not ready to invest too much just yet. There is also a 28-105 sigma lens at the same price, I don't know if that is considered a better lens or not.




  
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Feb 02, 2012 16:42 |  #5

I really liked 28-135 - I say it's comparable to 24-105L
And I have one available for sale in Chicago :)

You want to learn on the good equipment - so you don't have to think is it you or is it hardware.




  
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Feb 02, 2012 16:49 |  #6

Which stock 18-55 lens do you have? I think there's 5-7 versions of that lens and some have better IQ than others. So maybe it's worth it and maybe it's not.


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Feb 02, 2012 17:10 |  #7

I liked it when I had it. It is a USM lens with faster, quieter, more accurate focus than the original kit lens I had at the time. Image quality was decent for the price, but I eventually wanted something better after I kept comparing it to my primes.


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Feb 02, 2012 17:29 |  #8

Kirill wrote in post #13814813 (external link)
I really liked 28-135 - I say it's comparable to 24-105L
And I have one available for sale in Chicago :)

You want to learn on the good equipment - so you don't have to think is it you or is it hardware.

I am in Chicago :)




  
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Feb 02, 2012 17:32 |  #9

compudaze wrote in post #13814842 (external link)
Which stock 18-55 lens do you have? I think there's 5-7 versions of that lens and some have better IQ than others. So maybe it's worth it and maybe it's not.

It is the one that comes with the Canon T3. 18-55mm IS II. I don't know if that helps.




  
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Feb 02, 2012 17:34 |  #10

Mark-B wrote in post #13814957 (external link)
I liked it when I had it. It is a USM lens with faster, quieter, more accurate focus than the original kit lens I had at the time. Image quality was decent for the price, but I eventually wanted something better after I kept comparing it to my primes.

I would really like an 85mm prime, but they are out of my price range. I am probably going to spring for a 50mm f/1.8 in the near future. I am going to Brazil in April, so I want something with the same width as my stock(or more) that would be good for architecture. The stock lens is nice, but I need a little bit wider than 55mm.




  
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Feb 02, 2012 18:03 |  #11

Kirill wrote in post #13814813 (external link)
I really liked 28-135 - I say it's comparable to 24-105L
And I have one available for sale in Chicago :)

You want to learn on the good equipment - so you don't have to think is it you or is it hardware.

Having shot both, it is. They are both fan-****in-tastic walkarounds for full-frame. If you are full-frame, get one. If you are not, and your 18-55 is non-IS, get the IS version, it's a lot sharper.


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Feb 02, 2012 20:49 |  #12

It's a decent lens. I used it back in my film days. By the time I went digital, I was using the primes that I use today. The image quality was actually quite good. The primes I selected were better and faster too. It does make a great travel lens, though!


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Feb 03, 2012 02:10 |  #13

Bought the 28-105 for my daughter to replace her damaged 17-85 ,appears to take good photos on her 450D ,a little soft wide open as was her 17-85. Nice size and well built, used it on my 1D to get some nice shots.
Any of these mid range f3.5-4.5 USM lenses were quite good on film bodies in there day and are still good in the more modern digital age
EF 20-35
EF 24-85
EF 28-105
EF 28-135
EF70-210
They all focus well and quick and now days are well priced on the second hand market and ideal for those starting out in photography


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Feb 03, 2012 04:59 |  #14

I love mine.. I found a new one late last year and have really been impressed with it on my 7d. I have some pics taken with it posted in the 28-105 thread.


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Feb 03, 2012 15:32 |  #15

jswany wrote in post #13815060 (external link)
It is the one that comes with the Canon T3. 18-55mm IS II. I don't know if that helps.

I have both of these lenses. The 28-105 II USM is a good, sharp lens, but optically it's not as good as the 18-55 IS. Pretty close, though.

But the 28-105 focuses better and its build is more solid.

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