Reviews and Problems with 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
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
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.
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.
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM review by shiphorns
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: One thing I've learned from the reviews here is that it would be easier to weight comments if you knew more about the reviewer. I am still a relative newbie, and have progressed from an old Pentax film SLR, through the basic point and shoot digitals, to a more advanced point and shoot, and about 18 months ago I bought a used Rebel XT from a friend. I thought the kit lens was a huge step up from the p-s cameras, and was amazed by the image quality of this lens.