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Okay what are upgrade options for my Canon 28-135?

 
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Jul 31, 2012 09:29 |  #1

I am trying to decide if I should replace my Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6. I have a 60D and I am about to buy a Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX.

So the question is should I keep the 28-135 until I can afford the 24-105L or are there cheaper options out there that are an upgrade over my 28-135?

This is going to sound like an idiotic comment, but the 28-135 is the only lens I have really ever had and I always thought the IQ was good until I started reading reviews and posts about how there are way better options out there. I know that I should go by what I see and not by reviews but I really have nothing to compare my 28-135 to.

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Jul 31, 2012 09:42 |  #2

If your happy with it, keep it. No need to upgrade just because other says it isn't that good. If you really want to upgrade to the 24-105, that is your call but since you are happy with the 28-135, I would say keep it and out it towards something else.
The 10-22 would be something to consider to give you a wider field of view and forget the 24-105 for now unless you feel that you have to get that


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Jul 31, 2012 09:51 |  #3

VtChris wrote in post #14794773 (external link)
.... the 28-135 is the only lens I have really ever had and I always thought the IQ was good until I started reading reviews and posts about how there are way better options out there.....

There's the problem right there. :) Seriously, in nearly all these reviews and posts it's easy to loose sight of how small the differences are especially when you are shooting towards the middle of the lenses performance curve. The 28-135 has taken it's lumps but I too have always found it to be a solidly performing lens. I replaced mine with the 17-55 and thought the 17-55 does perform better, in many pics, especially at f/5.6 or f/8, it's impossible to tell which picture was taken with which lens. Where the more expensive lenses start to shine is at the margins. For instance, the 17-55 and the 18-55 will deliver nearly the same pic at f/8 but if f/2.8 is needed, the 18-55 just can't do it.


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Jul 31, 2012 10:01 |  #4

I would say to steer toward something like the 15-85 just because you're completely missing any and all wide angle shots on that lens using a crop camera, unless you're planning on getting something like a 10-22 and don't mind switching between it and the 28-135.


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Jul 31, 2012 10:06 |  #5

I didn't replace my 28-135MM but I added the 17-55mm f/2.8 to the arsenal and that lens now is my general goto lens. Of course you loose a lot of reach.

I think the 28-135MM is a solid performer outdoors in sunny conditions. My 17-55 f/2.8 is far better suited for my indoor events and is great for large group photos.

To me it just wasn't worth it to sell the 28-135MM. When I want really good range and I don't want to carry my 70-200f/2.8 or my 100-400L which are both monster weights, the 28-135mm is my best choice.


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Jul 31, 2012 10:08 |  #6

I am buying a Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX so the wide angle stuff is taken care of


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Jul 31, 2012 12:23 as a reply to  @ VtChris's post |  #7

You are going to have to keep the 28-135. You can't have only the 10-20 as your sole lens, unless you plan to take only ultra-wide shots. I don't think you realize how much reach you are going to lose by even considering getting rid of the 28-135.


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Jul 31, 2012 12:38 |  #8

A direct upgrade to the 28-135 is the 15-85. That one lens on a 60D makes for a great single lens combo.

If you really plan on going full frame within a year, I could see getting a 24-105 as long as you are comfortable with 24mm being your widest on your main standard zoom lens.

The combo I personally went with was a 17-55/2.8 IS with a 70-200/4L IS. The 17-55 suited me better and I found that for me, I don't swap between the 17-55 and 70-200 that often.


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Jul 31, 2012 12:57 |  #9

The 28-135 STM seems to be a substantially better lens at least based on the MTF curves. I haven't seen too many head-to-head comparisons yet, perhaps because the 28-135 STM is not widely avaiable yet? The STM version is ~ $540 from Canon, so it is much less expensive than the 24-105.


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