Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
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Value for money 8
5 November 2013
Summary: The first copy that I bought of this lens was optically defective. The center and left side were sharp, but the right was soft even stopped down. I sold it. I checked out another sample at my local Photo Shop and that one (made in Taiwan) was uniform, but the edges were soft and dark. I told the sales person my story with this lens, so she took one off of a 7D kit. This one was sharp to the edges and had no falloff (made in Japan). I bought it.
Pros: IF you get a good sample, it is sharp and focuses quickly. Great range for full frame
Conclusion: I bought this EF 28-135mm last year as a general purpose lens for my 5D. it turned out to be a bad sample and the right side of the frame was soft, yet the center and left were sharp. I sold it and tried another one at a camera shop(made in Taiwan) this was uniform but the edges were low resolution and dark. The sales person took one off of a used 7D kit, this one was Made in Japan and it was much better (sharp right to the edges) and no falloff,I bought it.
Conclusion: Ever since I got the 7D with this lens 28-135mm lens the barrel has been very loose when trying to shoot in a downward position. This very unusual for a lens barrel to be this loose. I have had some cheapskate lens before and they never lost their positions when in a downward position. Why is this lens so horribly bad at this one thing that is an annoyance to me and hundreds of thousands of people? Fix the problem so I can take my hand off the lens?
Summary: First the bad. Build quality is not to an L lens level. Zoom dampening is pretty bad on my like new sample so video zooming will be a bit choppy until it gets worn in. The focus ring is very narrow and hard to find quickly. The Good. L lens color and contrast. Sharpness at distances under 40 feet is so good that you will not believe it.
Sweet Lens which will give many years of Quality Photo's
27 March 2013
Summary: I bought this lens for a general purpose walk around lens to save me swapping my regular and zoom lens, when you just don't have time, or want to. Takes sharp pictures, excellent walk around lens. Expect a little zoom creep if you're walking around with the camera pointed down. Build quality is decent enough, not a L class but not as expensive either!
Conclusion: This lens is a good lens but has a poor build quality. Lens does not hold in place so radles and zooms out if facing down. Takes good pictures and and are shape images. Over all a good lens when it comes to images but bad lens for build quality.
price wise, this lens is good enough for a photo enthusiast
13 August 2012
Summary: I bought this lens for its USM and IS functionality although i knew it was introduced in 1998. I was debating between this one and the newer 18-135mm IS lens but because of its USM, i still chose the 28-135mm. I used this lens with my new t4i and the picture quality it produces as compare to the 18-55mm isn't much different. If you want a wider zoom range and perhaps a faster focus, then go for 28-135mm as compared to the 18-55mm.
Conclusion: I got this lens with my EOS 7D, and at first, I thought it was amazing, probably because I recently upgraded and though everything about the kit was superior to my last kit. However, I noticed one MAJOR flaw right out of the getgo, THE LENSE ALWAYS SLIDES OUT INTO FULL ZOOM. This lens is nice but if you ever hold the lens (with or without the camera) at anything near a vertical angle, the lens just slides loose like its a piece of cheap plastic.
Pros: Fast auto-focus
Cons: Semi-sharp images, lens slips into full zoom