Old 05-04-2005, 02:03 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of getting a Canon 28-135IS lens to use with my Rebel Ti and D20. How would you Canon users that have used one, rate this lens.
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Old 05-04-2005, 02:50 AM   #2
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I'm thinking of getting a Canon 28-135IS lens to use with my Rebel Ti and D20. How would you Canon users that have used one, rate this lens.
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I don't know anything about this lens myself, but a good source for lens reviews is: http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:29 PM   #3
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I have read some on-line reviews. The lens gets above average marks, and is considered good for its price. I was hoping for some first hand knowledge from Canon users here.
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Old 05-04-2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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Jim, I have the lens but never use it for
railfanning. It is a little soft and not as sharp
as my Canon 24-70mm lens.

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Old 05-05-2005, 03:14 PM   #5
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I've got the 28-135 IS, and it's not too bad. Depends on what you want to do with it. It is soft both wide open, and stopped too far down - if you do get it, I'd suggest shooting it at around f/8 - that seems to be the sweet spot for this lens. This one was my second lens after the kit lens on my old Rebel 2000 (film), and did me well - had many a photo published taken with this lens - actually all 5 shots I've got in the 2005 Mystic Valley Railroad Society calendar were taken with the IS. Now that I've got the 70-200mm f/4L, I rarely use the IS lens trackside - pretty much only when I need wider than 70mm (and even if I do need wider than 70mm, most times, I just get further away from trackside). I'm thinking about selling the IS, and getting the 24-70 f/2.8L instead, giving me pretty much the same coverage, and L image quality, except no IS, but I rarely use the IS trackside. Here's a few examples of mine up here taken with this lens:
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All but the B&W and steam shots were shot on Fuji Provia. B&W is Agfa Scala, and the Steam is Kodachrome.

Overall, it's definatley a great lens for the money.

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Old 05-07-2005, 12:39 AM   #6
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I've got the 28-135 IS lens and its not a bad lens for the money. I use it on both my Elan 7 and EOS 10D. My copy is pretty sharp but I usually shoot around F8 and the results are great. While not quite as good as my L lenses (20-35 F2.8, 70-200 F2.8IS and 100-400 F4.5-5.6 IS) it can produce some nice images. On the 10D it has a range of around 45-215mm which works pretty well for railfanning. Its a fine lens and I think you'd be rather pleased with it.

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I am fairly happy with the lens that came with my trusty Nikon but I am wondering if someone can translate this for me.

Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.3 - 5.6 G

Is that good? It does pretty well I think, but I was looking to get a longer and even higher quality lens.
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