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Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM review by lucasbutchart

lucasbutchart, slrgear.com
14 May 2013
  • Summary: Most reviewers talk about their experience with this lens on an APS-C sensor camera, and they slam it pretty hard because it isn't wide or sharp enough. First of all, why would you ever use this on a crop-sensor camera, aside from maybe curiosity or if it's all you had lying around? This is a full frame lens and for that purpose it works fine.
  • Pros: Decent build and optical quality, good range, USM, FTM
  • Cons: None for the price
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Overall 10

Best price/product deal

fedecape, Amazon
22 April 2013
  • Summary: This is by far the best "all terrain" -CANON- lens you will ever find at this price. It doesn't give the best posible quality, but you will be able to make pretty remarkable photographs. This lens covers almost every basic need. If you're not a professional, and you are looking for something affordable and well made, don't even doubt.
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Overall 10

The logical step up

Joe Z, Amazon
13 September 2011
  • Summary: As other reviewers have said, this is a great step up from the kit lens. I bought a Canon DSLR for a photo course. I've been a shutterbug all my life (going on 60 years) and I decided I needed a retirement project. A photography course seemed just the ticket. Based on a recommendation on bobatkins.com I upgraded my 28-80mm, which was already an upgrade, to this lens. The 28-80mm was light and flimsy, kind of loosey-goosey. Took good pics mind you.
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Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM review by shiphorns

shiphorns, slrgear.com
7 December 2010
  • Summary: I bought this lens with my Elan IIe 35mm film camera in 1998. It gave me a lot of fine photographs with that camera, and saw a lot of use as my walkaround lens of choice. I still have the lens, and I've used it occasionally on my D60 and 60D, but it shows its age and lacks the sharpness of newer lenses made for high-resolution DSLRs. The effective FoV of a 45-168 on an APS-C body makes this not a desirable choice as a walkaround. Performance is also just average.
  • Pros: Great walkaround zoom for my film camera in 1998
  • Cons: Average by today's standard, not great for APS-C DSLR
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Overall 8

Good general purpose lens for the price

Vasu Maradana, Amazon
4 May 2010
  • Summary: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras This is a good budget lens with decent picture quality. Big step up from the kit lens. Using this lens for about 2 years now and I am pretty happy with the purchase. Lens is reasonably fast. Minor issue is that when shooting at something looking down it zooms out on its own occassionally.
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Overall 10

An excellent sleeper lense!

J. Rios "The Happy Guy", Amazon
23 November 2009
  • Summary: As a model photographer who often does outdoor photoshoots at Joshua Tree, I needed an excellent compact zoom lense which would give me more reach than what I already had, Tamron 28-75 f2.8, because I often found myself too far away on one boulder while the model was on another. Well, the Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5 lense fulfills this purpose.
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Overall 8

Great value lens with good quality

A. Pacheco, Amazon
8 June 2009
  • Summary: After purchasing my first dslr (Canon Rebel XSI) I quickly discovered that the kit 18-55 just didn't have the range I needed. I somehow landed a job doing freelance work for the local newspaper the same day I got my camera, so I needed something that would give me more versatility on a very limited budget. After reading the reviews I ended up with this, and I've been pleased. Granted, this is not an "L" lens, but at this price I wouldn't expect that.
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Overall 10

Nice all-around zoom lens

Stephanie Lauber, Amazon
2 January 2009
  • Summary: I bought this lens as a step-up from the kit lens on my Canon Rebel XTI. I needed the extra distance it offers. It works great for my purposes and the price is definitely right. The USM motor is a great feature. The AF is pretty good and it's not too bulky. There is no IS, but that has not been a problem for me. I've used this lens for close-up shots, outdoor photography, and aquarium photography.
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Overall 8

Amazing addition for the price

Jeremiah D. Trombly, Amazon
21 December 2008
  • Summary: While this is obviously not an L lens, it still has great quality for the price. The auto-focus is second to none in most situations and the pictures are very crisp. It is extremely well constructed, and if your on a budget like me, is the best lens to upgrade from the basic 18-55mm lens. The ability to Manually focus while still on Auto-focus is great for those shots you can't get it to perfectly pick up on. All in all a great Canon product.
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Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM review by Spaceclown

Spaceclown, slrgear.com
18 October 2008
  • Summary: I've owned this lens for 8 years and on 35mm SLRs it always performed well. However, on APS-C DSLRs it is flawed. With a 35mm SLR its image quality is good to great throughout the focal lengths. However, on a DSLR it only is good at 50mm and higher. Which is very odd and I have no explanations for it.
  • Pros: Great 35mm lens
  • Cons: Troubled DSLR (APS-C) lens
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