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Archive 2011 · Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM ... need reviews, any good?
  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM ... need reviews, any good?


I came upon this lens for free and thought it took pretty nice photos. I just wanted to see what others thought about the lens if they've ever used it.


Mar 11, 2011 at 07:16 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM ... need reviews, any good?


It's a decent and petite lens, in the IQ ball park of the 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM and 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS USM. I actually owned one for many years, selling it 2003 when I bought a 10D. It was the kit lens for the EOS 10S in 1990. One point of interest is it was among first consumer zooms with ring-type USM, rear element focus group and FTM. That silent and fast AF was a breakthrough innovation for its day. Over 20 years later some other lens makers have yet to build equivalent AF systems.

My review of the 35-135 USM:

http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/frary/toolbox2.htm#35-135Anchor



Mar 11, 2011 at 09:58 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM ... need reviews, any good?


I agree with Peter's comments and his fine review. Mine has been in use by my daughter for a year or so. It takes fine photos, and it's a great travel lens.


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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM ... need reviews, any good?


I wonder how many people were complaining that 35mm was not wide enough back then? There are certainly enough people doing that today when ever someone talks about using a 24-XX zoom on a 1.6 crop digital camera.

Back then a 35-XXmm zoom was the kit lens on many lower end film SLRs.



Mar 11, 2011 at 01:30 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM ... need reviews, any good?


Gochugogi, jcolwell & Canongarcon, I appreciate your comments and reviews!

@Gochugogi - to be among the first of consumer zooms with ring-type USM is pretty awesome. I'm gonna keep this one in my bag for a while.

@jcolwell - Thanks, I guess it'll do for a nice walk around lens when I don't wanna break out the better glass.

@Canongaron - True, that is a good question. It's unbelievable what D-SLRs and lenses are capable of these days.

God Bless everyone!



Mar 11, 2011 at 11:18 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM ... need reviews, any good?


Canongarcon wrote:
I wonder how many people were complaining that 35mm was not wide enough back then? There are certainly enough people doing that today when ever someone talks about using a 24-XX zoom on a 1.6 crop digital camera.

Back then a 35-XXmm zoom was the kit lens on many lower end film SLRs.


Actually, the EF 35-135 4.0-5.6 USM and its direct predecessor, EF 35-135 3.5-4.5, were pretty pricey for back in the day. They were consider prosumer optics, not because of the wide end, but because of the better materials and extended zoom range. The EOS 10S and EF 35-135 4.0-5.6 USM kit debuted over a $1000, a pretty penny in 1990. During the late 80s and early 90s there was only two wider "normal" zooms, the EF 28-70 3.5-4.5 and the EF 28-80 2.8-4.0L.

The el cheapo zooms were the later EF 35-80 series. The earlier EF 35-70 3.5-4.5 was a lot nicer. Whatever, in 1990 I thought 35mm was really wide! I bought an "ultra wide" EF 24 2.8 in 1990 and had difficultly keeping my feet out of the picture. I thought, what a useless focal length, it's just too damn wide!



Mar 12, 2011 at 12:08 AM





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