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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS don't live up to the expectation

 
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Feb 20, 2012 10:15 |  #16

CincyTriGuy wrote in post #13928851 (external link)
I was never a fan of my 28-135. Replaced it with the 24-105 and am much happier.

I should hope so, considering the price differential....:rolleyes:

For the record, I bought a 28-135 IS at Christmas on Craigslist for $125 Canadian. I'm impressed, though no doubt I'd like to have the 24-105 more.:o
For the money, the 28-135 is sharp wide open on my old Canon 1D Classic.
It works well as a walk around lens for me.;)




  
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Feb 20, 2012 11:34 |  #17

amfoto1 wrote in post #13924443 (external link)
The 28-135 was not originally a "kit" lens. It's quite an upgrade over the 18-55 IS. For one, build quality is considerably better... call it Canon "USM mid-grade". And it's got both USM and IS, plus is an EF lens so is usable on either crop or full frame. The newer EF-S 18-135 IS is also an upgrade over the 18-55 IS, offers a nicer range of focal lengths, but is an EF-S lens and lacks USM.

I think it's pretty disingenous to state that the 28-135's focal length "range is limited", especially coming from someone who uses a 24-105. You can say that about any zoom lens. The 18-55 are 17-55 are a whole lot more "limited". The 24-105 is even slightly more "limited" Doesn't make either one right or wrong. Personally I find the 28-135 a nice range for outdoor, walkaround. I know I'll never spend $1000+ for a 24-105L, so long as I can buy lightly used "kit" 28-135s for $250 or less.

This is not to say that the 28-135 is "perfect". It's not. No lens is. But it's a very good value on the used market, in particular. And it's a focal length range I find very useful as a "walk around".

Perhaps you need to read my post again. I thought it was clear that I meant the 18-55 has a limited focal length range and mediocre build quality. As you say it also lacks USM.

But I'd also add that optically (looking at photozone.de tests and at Canon MTF charts) the 18-55 IS beats the 28-135 at similar focal lengths. This doesn't mean the 28-135 is bad or "not sharp" - it means the 18-55 is remarkably good for a cheap lens. But it also means that if the OP upgraded to the 28-135 expecting sharper photos, he is going to be disappointed.


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Feb 20, 2012 12:03 |  #18

As previously stated, try testing under better light. :)

This was taken with a 28-135 (+ cheap CPL.)

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Feb 20, 2012 12:31 |  #19

Lagom wrote in post #13929056 (external link)
Thank you all for the responds. I will try to get some shots in daylight, when the weather allow it.
This is maybe of subject, but can it be that my Canon 400D has something to do with it? I mean when I see the photos u guys posted, my camera can not take sharp photos like that.
And now when i look around I see that most of u have an 7D or 50D, if I now maybe need to "upgrade" my camera which one can u recommend.

A lot of the image quality is in the Post Processing. How are you PPing your photos?


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Feb 20, 2012 12:58 |  #20
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j.dude wrote in post #13929636 (external link)
As previously stated, try testing under better light. :)

This was taken with a 28-135 (+ cheap CPL.)
QUOTED IMAGE

*Scratches head*

That's clearly out of focus. (Or am I just blind?)


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Feb 20, 2012 13:19 |  #21

SimplyShane wrote in post #13929930 (external link)
*Scratches head*

That's clearly out of focus. (Or am I just blind?)

No, I thought the same thing. I don't get the reasoning of posting that picture, it's certainly not a good testament of any lens.


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Feb 20, 2012 14:30 |  #22

j.dude wrote in post #13929636 (external link)
As previously stated, try testing under better light. :)

This was taken with a 28-135 (+ cheap CPL.)
QUOTED IMAGE


OK, I think I get it. You got rid of your 28-135 because of that pic. subtle (Or maybe you got rid of the cheap filter)




  
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Feb 20, 2012 14:49 |  #23

I think 18 55mm is pretty good for the range and IQ but my other lens is a 50mm 1.8
So i couldnt really tell but
I think 28 132mm should give u a a lot more range


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Feb 21, 2012 02:23 |  #24

The 28-135is was the first lens I purchased after buying my 400d with the 18-55 and 75-300 and I loved it.As a walk about lens I found the range just to my liking,and was able to finaly be happy with the 400D body, never used the kit lenses again and they still live in the back of the cupboard unloved .
I later purchased the 24-35usm 70-210usm and finally a 24-70l. Compared to the 24-70 the 28-135 is not a lot different f 5.6-8.0 in good light, colour and contrast hard to tell apart as is the sharpness but the 28-135is does fall off a little at 100-135 and takes a little pp to get right.
I still use this lens on my film EOS-1n ,and my old 1D and 400D with very pleasing results.


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