Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – Product Description:
Equipped with an Image Stabilizer and high zoom ratio, the Canon EF 28-135mm standard zoom lens delivers sharp, natural-looking pictures virtually ever time. The lens is particularly handy for places where flashes are prohibited, as it excels in dim lighting without requiring a flash or a tripod. Other features include a ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocusing and full-time manual focusing; a close focusing distance of 20 inches; and a maximum aperture of f/3.5 to 5.6. The lens carries a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 28-135mm
- Maximum aperture: 1:3.5-5.6
- Lens construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 75 to 18 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 1.6 feet
- Zoom system: Rotating type
- Filter size: 72mm
- Dimensions: 3.1 inches in diameter, 3.8 inches long
- Weight: 18.9 ounces
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens Standard zoom lens with an image stabilizer and high zoom ratio. With the image stabilizer turned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or a tripod. Very handy for places where flash is prohibited. Uses ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocus and full-time manual focus. Closest focusing distance is 20 in. (50cm). Features: Minimum Focal Length up to 28 mm Maximum Focal Length up to 135 mm 4.80x magnification Lens construction – 16 elements in 12 groups Inner focusing system with USM Dimensions: 3.8″L x 3.1″W x 3.1″H
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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens – Review:
EXCELLENT WALKABOUT LENS!
While I considered purchasing a Canon 10D, I also started looking for a good first lens. Most of the reviewers and Canonites on the various forums suggested this lens as a good starting point.
The 28-135mm IS USM Zoom is the one I use all the time now on the Canon 10D, and that will be the case until I get over the sticker shock of the 10D/28–135mm combo and start adding other lenses to my kit.
In the meantime, this lens gets the job done very well. It gives you good range for a variety of of shots, from portraits to telephotos. There is even a macro mode, which gives you the opportunity to do close-ups–not really a true macro, but okay for shots of flowers, your kitty cat’s face, etc. It is the flexibility of this lens that makes it so appealing if all you have is just one lens. And remember that if you mount this lens on a digital camera, like the 10D, the range is actually extended by a factor of 1.6.
The USM focuses fast, and the Image Stabilization (IS) really works. In fact, I’ve been spoiled by it, and IS is now a must for any of the longer lenses I might purchase in the future.
The IS system “locks” on target so that camera shake is eliminated or at least seriously minimized. This means fewer shots ruined by camera shake, and the IS system allows the user to shoot handheld at slower shutter speeds. This isn’t just advertising hype. It works.
The image quality is quite good. I get good color saturation, contrast, and sharpness. After tweaking some shots in Photoshop, I was able to turn out some excellent 13×19 inch prints.
As others have pointed out, if you are just starting out with a Canon DSLR or SLR and want one good general purpose lens, this is it.
As of August 2008 I have sold this lens because I have moved on to Canon “L” glass, but the EF 28-135 is still a great lens to start with if you are just beginning to learn photography.