|CANON EF 28-105mm 3.5 AUTOFOCUS LENS|
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|This lightweight, compact standard zoom lens is practically identical to the EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM optically and mechanically, but it has a leather toned exterior finish for a higher quality look. It focuses to 0.5m throughout the zoom range using inner focusing. Inner focusing and the Ring USM focusing motor provide silent, high-speed focusing. It has full time manual focus, which allows manual focusing without leaving the AF mode. The non-rotating front ring, which fascinates use of accessories, and other advanced specifications are carried over from the original EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.|
|Type||Telephoto, Wide Angle|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||28-105 mm|
Average review score based on 31 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This is definitely one of the very best and most versatile â€œaffordableâ€ lenses ever produced for the Canon EOS camera line. Unless you have unlimited financial resources (in which case, buy the superior Canon EF 24-105mm IS USM "L" professional model for about $1,200.00!) Otherwise, please keep on reading.
I have owned several examples of this model. This glass is mounted on my EOS 10D camera nearly all of the time, because it is usable in almost any situation. I can always change it if I need to, but when I am in a hurry to catch a fleeting shot, I know that I will at least have a chance with this baby. My camera is always in the bag beside me, with the EF 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 USM "MACRO" mounted and ready for action.
THERE HAVE BEEN THREE DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THIS MODEL. A new fourth variation has been released as a replacement model, but it is no where near the same class as the other three. It has a slow f/4-5.6 aperture. The superior f/3.5-4.5 model was updated a few years ago. The newest one is called the Mark II, and has had a Roman numeral II added to its model number. The previous version, which is the actual subject of this review, is commonly referred to as "THE MACRO". These two most recent versions are basically the same in optical and mechanical performance. The "Mark II" had a minor facelift to allow it to match the "look" of the current mid-grade USM "Ultrasonic" lens lineup, but the "innards" are essentially the same. The very first version of this model was not quite equal in performance to the two newer variations. All three â€œMade In Japanâ€ versions are now out of production and have become very desirable.
I owned the original version on my old EOS 10S in the mid 90's, but I didn't like it very much. It was the one with the yellow "flower" icon on the side and in the distance window. It had a simple five-blade aperture that noticeably distorted the points of light in blurred backgrounds. It created geometric shapes (pentagons) instead of nice smooth circles when I took close-ups of flowers and insects. It also had a mild case of "zoom creep". When I pointed my camera downward, the lens would tend to slide out a bit.
The "MACRO", on the other hand, is a fantastic zoom lens. I truly believe that the "MACRO" version or the RARE "MADE IN JAPAN" Mark II should be in every Canon EOS camera bag. It covers about 85% of the common focal lengths that most people need, and it has been completely reliable. Photos that were shot with this model are very sharp and they have great color with better than average contrast.
Anyone who is still using the cheap "kit" lens that came with their EOS should consider the "MACRO" as the very first upgrade lens for their camera. It has the super heavy-duty stainless steel lens mount and the very best "Ring" type USM auto-focus motor that you can get. (This is the same motor design as the one in the professional "L" lenses!) It focuses unbelievably fast and it is almost completely silent. If you have a lot of extra money lying around, go get the "L" lens, if not, this may be the perfect glass for you.
I have three recommendations for potential buyers:
1. Avoid the oldest one with the yellow flower symbol on the barrel.
2. Make sure it was MADE IN JAPAN.
3. Read the eBay "Buyer's Guide" to see how to find the best versions of this fantastic lens. You can find it at: http://search.reviews.ebay.com/members/profaudio1
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Strengths: a fast and exact auto focus;
Convenient range of focal lengths;
The compact size and small weight;
Low (in comparison with analogs) the price;
Low (visually imperceptible) level of chromatism;
Good portrait sharpness;
Quite good (in comparison with whales) a design.
This is a versatile lens which lessens the need to change lenses. It also has the manual option to override the auto-focus, which helps if the lens is focusing on an object closer or farther away than the object or person that I wish to photograph.
The only down-side to the lens is that it is markedly heavier than I expected, which adds to the carrying weight of the camera.
The review on ebay of this particular lens was very helpful in navigating through the two or three variations of this Canon lens that are on the market. This aided me in making sure that I was getting the higher-rated lens for my money and not a less desirable version.
I would buy it again.
Originally designed for the Canon film series cameras, this lens was a good all round lens which made it popular with autofocus owners. The 28 to 105mm range offered a good wide angle lens and a medium teleophoto with an aperture range that allowed use in well lit rooms during the day without flash.
Able to mount on the Rebel series DSLR camers, this lens will extend its usefullness for us older photographers like me who have switched from film to digital but want to carry some familiar hardware in our camera bag.
it is a good lens, autofocus is quick and quiet.
Another good reason to buy this lens is the front of lens doesn't spin when auto/manual focus works, so it is good if we use circular polarizer. As you know polarizer will enhance the quality of image, especially under sun shine. It can be used for minimalizing sun reflection on the glass. Using polarizer can deepen the sky color. It's the best choice for you to choose Canon 28-105mm USM for upgrading your kits lens. Absolutely I will recomend this lens for beginner who want to upgrade the kit lens... thanks.