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

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Review Date: Feb 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $295.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: IS, relatively light weight, decent IQ, inexpensive, quiet AF with full time MF, hood included.
Cons:
Zoom creep, dust behind front element after a very short while, barrel wobbles.

I bought this lens about two years ago to accompany the flimsy feeling EF-S 18-55 mm kit lens that came with my Rebel XTi. After spending nearly a month in Italy and taking over 4,000 photos with it, this turned out to be a good investment. Most of my photos turned out to be fairly sharp. It uses an EW-78BII petal-type hood, and you can get away with using a polarizer on it and be able to nudge it around with your fingertip without having to pull the hood off. There's also enough room to take the lens cap off without getting your fingers stuck.

I found it to be perfect for someone who's just getting into DSLR photography and isn't prepared to sink thousands of dollars into high-end glass that they may never use again.

I rarely use mine anymore, it's been replaced by a 24-105L zoom that came with my 5D.