Is the 28-135 IS USM lense good?

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  1. 250Gimp

    250Gimp TPF Noob!

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    Hi there all.

    I'm new to this forum as well as new to photography.

    I am considering upgrading to a Canon 28-135 IS USM lense, as i don't use a tripod and prefer not to use the flash if I can help it. I was wondering if anyone here could give me their thoughts on this lense? I was also wondering if the front element on this lense rotates when zooming?

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  2. Big Mike

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I have always heard that this was a good 'walk-around' lens for film EOS cameras. Since the explosion of digital...it doesn't seem to get talked about as much. It's a mid level lens. It's not a cheap kit lens...but it's no nearly as good as a top of the line L lens.

    I'm not sure if the front element rotates or not. You should be able to Google it, to find out.

    This is one of the older IS lenses....so I don't think the IS is quite as good as on the newer IS lenses...which are supposed to give about three extra stops of hold-ability.
     
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    Thanks for the reply Big Mike.

    What would you consider a good IS lense now, not including the L lens as they our out of my price range.
     
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    The lens is really good... and not terribly far behind an L lens... the only issues I have with mine is that on Ai-Servo (which I use most of the time) the IS feels like it is stuttering... it isnt a problem I have ever seen reflected in my images... and is probably caused by the lighter weight and having IS... other than that I use this lens on both my 5D and 1D Mark II with absolutely no complaints... and when I need a short-midrange railroad lens I put this on sometimes before my 24-70L....

    The front element does not rotate... but does extend when zooming.
     

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