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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Mar 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $449.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, extremely useful range, great IS, truly an under-rated lens.
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This is one of the first lenses that I bought when I switched to Canon from Nikon. I bought a 20d and then a 5d and now I have a 1DsMkII. I ended up buying a bunch of L glass and put this lens away because everybody knows that L glass is much better right? Well, that's what I assumed. I pretty much used my 24-70 2.8 L all of the time and never used the 28-135 IS because it didn't have the speed and it wasn't an L. After a year in the closet, I finally got it out because I was going somewhere and I didn't want to take any extra lenses. The 24-70 just doesn't have the reach to be an ideal walk around lens. Anyways, I took some shots and when I came home and looked at them, I was quite stunned. The shots came out better than my 24-70L. In fact, I sent in my 24-70L to Canon for calibration the very next day. I really think that the IS does wonders and makes every shot tack sharp. I absolutely love this lens. It's one of my favorites next to my 17-40L and my 135L prime. If I didn't own this lens, I would buy a 24-105 f4 L but since I have it, I feel no desire to get the L glass. I think it depends on the copy that you get but if you get a good one. Keep it and don't ever give it up. Probably the most useful lens in my bag!