Summary: After read all the remarks and not liking this lens, I bought anyway. I dont know why some do not like this lens, it very quite, crisp and light. For a kit lens and a walking around lens. Go for it, some just or not happy with anything.
Conclusion: Recently I got the EF 28-90 F/4-5.6 II (non USM) as a present. Actually I didn't think I would be using this little lens, I did have a Sigma 24-70 F/2.8 EX DG altogether. But to my surprise this lens is a real killer. It's very, very lightweight.
Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM review by gadgetguy
5 January 2007
Summary: This lens usually comes as part of a kit (along with an entry level film SLR). It's lightweight, which pretty much sums up the good stuff I can say about it. Oh, plus at least this version come with USM. Otherwise, it's built like a free toy from cereal box and is optically a non-performer.
Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM review by clark666
28 November 2006
Summary: It is a good standard lens for a film camera but doesn't have wide angle capability with an APS sized sensor. I use it as a carry around lens when hiking but I really need to carry a wide angle lens for landscapes.
Pros: small, came with camera
Cons: quite slow. I usually don't use it at ISOs lower than 400 without a tripod
Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM review by JimsMaher
9 July 2006
Summary: The focus ring is the front of the barrel. Ergo the filter rotates. Essentially with this thing you're focusing with the filter ... a filter which you're gonna need because the lens bulges out just asking for a scratch. But compared to other lenses I've seen in this range / price ... it's sharp.
Pros: CHEAP!!! comparatively sharp images (next to similar lenses)
Cons: Front focus ring / rotating filters, plastic mount
Conclusion: I found this lens in Dubai.I cannot say I bouth it because seller gave me this lens free with a $200 dollar eos 30 film camera. I used this lens on my digital rebel.I was the worst image quality i have ever seen.I had also been using 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 because of my technical limitations but even...
Summary: It's an OKAY lens if you're on a budget. I belive it does come bundled with certain cameras. The motor USM is fast, and probably this lens' only good feature. The CA is pretty bad, and it never seems able to produce tack-sharp images. The aperture is also pretty disappointing.
Conclusion: It is not as bad as is often said, but I seem to have a good copy. For beginners on a limited budget who want to start with a 2nd hand DSLR like the old D30 (which I still can fully recommend if you can find it for $300-350!).
Pros: light, useful range, DC version is cheap and has silent & fast focusing like the USM. 10D focuses accurately with it. D30 likes it too, which it actually fits very well to because of the D30's 3Mp resolution. Good sharpness from f/6.3 onwards as long as you use it in the 35-80 mm range!
Cons: wobbly front element which rotates when focusing Forget the USM version (DC is cheaper & much more worth its lower price) Small DOF not possible because of small aperture. 28-35 and 80-90 mm range are clearly add-ons: poor sharpness, vignetting and distorsions