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Old     (chas)      Join Date: Feb 2002       11-12-2006, 5:45 PM Reply   
Canon EF 28-135MM F/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Any one use this lens? Do you think it would make a good all around shooting lens?

Thanks for any input.
Old     (clubmyke)      Join Date: Aug 2004       11-12-2006, 6:45 PM Reply   

just been playing around this weekend with the 17-40 and the 70-200 on a 1.6 crop body.... i really liked the 70-200 alot for a all around lense..

btw, i have read the canon 85 f1.8 prime and and the 100mm is pretty good as a walkaround lense (low light, fast, sharp, and nice bokeh)..only drawback is no zoom)
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       11-13-2006, 5:21 AM Reply   
I had one a few years ago. You might want to check out the Tamron 24-135. As it is, 24mm isn't really that wide on a 1.6 crop body so 28 just doesn't seem wide enough to me (plus I think the Tamron has 10-15% better IQ overall then the Canon). If you shop around they are about $300. I'm using it as a walk around lense on my new XTi. I do miss the IS in low light though. Here's a shot from that combo:Upload
Old     (tdeneka)      Join Date: Aug 2002       11-13-2006, 7:51 AM Reply   
I have this lens. It is ok, but I am planning on replacing it with 24-70 2.8L soon though. I kinda wish I had just gone for the good glass in the first place (same is true for my 75-300 IS). I don't think it is a bad lens, but I really want a faster lens for indoor stuff. Plus, gotta have those red rings!!
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       11-13-2006, 9:15 AM Reply   
You might want to check the Tamron 28-75 f2.8, I had both and I couldn't see any difference in IQ plus the 24-70 L is a fricken tank! To be honest the 24-70L is the most disappointing L lens I have owned to date. I know there are many out there that just love them but I'm not one of them.

I'll give up a little IQ for weight/size/range. The XTi and TaMRON are going to be great to take skiing this winter! I've tried the 28-200 tamron, 28-300 tamron and sigma 18-125, none were anywhere close to this 24-135 IQ wise plus it will work on a FF sensor (although how well remains to be seen!)

One more plug for the XTi, Canon claims it has the 30D AF system and I believe it, focus is just not an issue like it was when I tried the Rebel XT.
Old     (swami)      Join Date: Apr 2006       11-13-2006, 12:17 PM Reply   
Hey Thomas:
I have the 24-70 2.8L and I haven't been extremely pleased with it. For portraiture it works well, for outdoors it always seems the focus is off. I haven't used it outside the studio in some time.

In it's defense, I did drop it and had it repaired at Canon. They said it checked out to specs, but now I'm not so sure.

Gonna send it in again soon.

Old     (jjared)      Join Date: Oct 2002       11-13-2006, 12:36 PM Reply   
I recently picked up the 24-105mm f4/L and have been very happy with this lens. I was looking for a lens that would stay on 90% of the time. I found that a lot of the shots I took with my 70-300mm lens were at 85-105mm and seldom did I really even need 200mm. In addition I have the 50mm 1.8 so if I need low light performance I'll with that lens. You can check out a couple recent pics below:
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       11-14-2006, 6:13 AM Reply   
Another lens to check out is the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 it wasn't quite as nice as the Tamron but it's a great range on a 1.6X body. I've seen some killer images from the new Canon 17-55 f2.8 as well. Downside to the sigma and new Canon is that they're only for cropped sensors where as the Tamron 28-75 will work on anything but if you know you're going to stick with Canon's cropped sensor bodies that's not a big deal.


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