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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
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1 8569 Wed September 26, 2007
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No recommendations None indicated 6.0

Description: With this lens you can take pictures in dimly lit situations without using a flash or tripod and still get sharp pictures thanks to the image stabiliser incorporated into this lens. This could be useful in situations where flash use is prohibited for example.

This lens also uses the ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocus and full-time manual focus.

Key Features

* Closest focusing distance is 50cm.
* Filter Diameter 72mm
* Dimensions: Maximum diameter x length: 96.8 x 78.4mm
* Weight: 540g
Keywords: Canon EF 28-135mm f3.5/5.6 Image Stabiliser USM IS Lens

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Registered: January 2005
Location: Silkstone Common, Yorkshire, UK
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Review Date: Wed September 26, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Good range for full-frame
Cons: Sloppy construction, some CA

I no longer have this lens but noticed that nobody had posted a review.

I bought the 28-135 as a mid-range zoom to fill in between the 17-40 and the 75-300. This lens was/is aimed primarily at full-frame cameras where 28mm is respectable wide-angle, but of course with a 1.6x crop factor sensor it equates to the same field of view as 45mm on full-frame.

Although it remains a useful full-frame lens, I think that there are now better alternatives especially for APS-C cameras. Two things let it down, at least with the copy I had. The first was sloppy build quality - the barrel extends when zooming, and the front section was not a close fit in the main part of the barrel - it wobbled around. I managed to fix this by wrapping a layer of PVC tape around the barrel, but really you shouldn't have to do that. Other people have reported the same problem, so I don't think I was just unlucky. It didn't seem to affect image quality, but an excessive gap between the barrel sections is asking for trouble with dust and grit.

The second issue was CA - red/green fringing which was quite noticeable especially near 28mm. Perhaps this was because the lens is not 'digitally optimised' as most seem to be nowadays, or maybe it's just a sign of age.

Sharpness was generally adequate but certainly nothing special. Wide open the images were quite soft, and the lens was happiest at around f/8 or f/11.

The IS worked reasonably well, although again it wasn't quite as effective as the latest generation.

To sum up, the 28-135 is one of Canon's older lenses and is really showing its age compared with more modern optics from both Canon and third-party manufacturers. At one time it would have been considered very good, especially for 35mm film, but these days I would spend my money elsewhere.
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