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

Review Date: Mar 31, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very good overall lens
constant readjustment when in AV mode

I got this lens as my first lens, not able to afford much more as I bought it together with my D60, a tripod, a flash, a backpack.... Wink

It is a very good "all purpose lens" IMHO. The IS results in nice pictures even if you are shooting slightly slower than one should. Also the image quality is great.

The only drawback I experienced is the "big" range of aparture it covers (3.5-5.6). What happened to me was the following. I was shooting in AV mode, set to the lowest possible (3.5), then I "zoomed in" and therefore my aparture raised up to 5.6. When I "zoomed in" again, it stayed at 5.6, so I had to reset it down to 3.5. So while shooting a soccer game I had to constantly readjust the aparture to get the smallest (or biggest, depends on how you look at it) aparture. But that is a problem of all lenses with variable aparture, therefore not a product specific bug.

If you're looking for a great start lens or a great "all purpose" lens, the 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS USM is a good choice.

Note: price is converted from the street price in Switzerland, which is normally higher than in the US