Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
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Canon 28-200mm lens
R. Kanno "rk4runner", Amazon
6 July 2013
Summary: I bought this lens instead of the normal 55mm lens. I am glad that I did this because I could do wide angle as well as far distance. Its mated to a Canon 30D and for all these years, the camera and lens worked perfectly for me.
If you can get a nice one for less than 150.00, do it.
17 November 2012
Summary: Great starter lens for amatuer film photography. I'm using this on a Canon EOS 5/A2 35mm slr. Auto focus is quick, albeit noisy relative to today's latest dslr lenses. Manual focus ring isn't very smooth, but it's more than manageable. From the many reviews I've read, experts and professionals say this lens is crap - but they're comparing it to professional-level equipment that probably costs much, much more.
Summary: Lens is a great walk around lens. The general kit lens (18-55) is really not good for anything further than 10-15 feet. This is large, lets in a good amount of light, decent focus time and very clear. The only downfall I can give it is what is caused lens creep, this is because the glass is so heavy when you point it in the downward direction it will pull itself out to full zoom.
Summary: The Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is an excellent walk-around lens. It takes nice pictures and has a nice range. I use it with my Canon 60D and so far I have not been disappointed. The picture quality is not as good as my Canon 17-55 IS lens but the focal range and IS makes up for it. It is shorter and lighter than my 17-55mm, and in my opinion, that makes it a better all around walk-around lens. So far I have enjoyed my 18-200mm lens.
Summary: Great portability for a single lens. Travelers will love this lens. It is compact and well balanced. The IS feature helps greatly in dim light shooting and allows me to shoot a slow speeds (while breathing is halted, of course, even at long focal lengths. The lens lock prevents lens creep when carrying in transit. It's close up feature, although not macro, was good enough to record from ~15 inches very nicely.