Does anyone have any pictures taken with the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens?

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  1. Mitch2742

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    I'm thinking of buying this lens to replace the kit lens my Rebel XT came with for standard photography. I pretty much already have my mind set on it as I have heard great things and it is affordable, but I was just wondering if any of you have it. Thanks.
     
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    Take a look at the 17-85IS. Basically the same lens, except a few dollars more, and a much more usable range. 17 is quite a bit wider than 28.

    Anyway, I have the 17-85IS and it's great.
     
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    It is a good lens with high bang for the buck factor. Its been around for almost 10 years now and has a good reputation. My cousin shoots with that lens and is totally happy (although it recently burnt its USM motor).

    For Samples... pbase is your friend:

    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_28135_35
     
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    Hm, now I'm confused as to whether I should get the 28-135 or the 17-85. Amazon reviews are better for the 28-135, but you can't really go by that. I'm not sure if I'd rather have a wider angle or a more longer zoom. Hmm..

    Is the lack of wide angle of the 28-135 really bothersome do you think? The kit lens is 18, and so I can't imagine 28 being too much less of a wide angle.
     
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    Oh, and will either lens be noticeably better than the kit lens?
     
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    Yes, either one will most likely be noticeably better.

    As a test, set your kit lens to 28mm (or there abouts) and keep it there. Walk around and see if you could live with that as your widest focal length. I couldn't....not wide enough for me.
     
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    Oh wow, I don't know why I didn't think of that, haha. Thanks.

    I just tested it. I think 28 mm will be fine for the pictures I tend to take, although I could imagine it sometimes being bothersome. I am thinking that I'd prefer a better zoom than a wider angle, though--because for the wide angle, I can always just use the kit lens which has 18mm.
     
  8. (17-85) x 1.6 = 28-135

    The original lens predates digital, and was created for 35mm film... for which it is (indeed) a highly useful range. On a cropped sensor it starts becoming a little long.

    Add Image Stabilization, and suddenly you have really a killer lens.

    Listen to Keith, he's onto something there...
     
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    I have the 28-135 IS and am really happy with it. But, as mentioned above, it could be wider.

    For me, when I need wider I slap on the kit lense and go from there.

    Here is a sample pic shot from the hip indoors with the 28-135.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for posting the picture.

    I actually went ahead and bought the lens earlier this evening but have yet to use it (I promised myself that I was going to finish my homework before taking any photos). Like I said earlier in this thread, I can imagine the lack of wide angle in this lens irritating me, but it doesn't take much effort to just swap it with the kit lens when necessary.
     
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    i love my 28-135, practically the only lens i use

    [​IMG]
     
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    Too slow and not wide enough.

    The 17-85 is also too slow although does produce nice images.

    Look at something like the Tamron 17-50 f2.8. Fast and sharp.
     

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