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

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Review Date: Oct 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $329.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light weight, clean, quick, quiet focus, compact, perfect walk around range. Excellent color and image sharpness.
Cons:
We're stuck with f/5.6 at 135MM

Surprising image performance, both color and sharpness. Used primarily on an XTi and 30D for Fall foliage, hand held, pictures taken 1 hour before sunset. It compared equally in image sharpness and color with the 24-105L, which has been my primary walk around. I shot with both lenses at the same targets to get a fair comparison. The results were nearly identical. I had ignored this lens until recently and I am sorry that I hadn't worked with it sooner. The additional reach and amazingly clear images, hand held, at near dusk warrant this lens to be taken more seriously. Don't let the lens snobs dissuade you from trying this lens and it absolutely holds its own with the 24-105 L. It is annoying to have the f/5.6 engaged at full zoom when shooting near dusk even with IS. If you are without tripod and you're extended to 135mm, take 4 or 5 extra shots to assure at least one or two clean hits when the shutter speed approaches 1/30. It's a great lens for the money. Some complaints are unwarranted ie, not weatherproof, filters are expensive, zoom creep, vignetting. What good is having a weather proof lens if your camera body isn't weatherproof? Not all L's are weather proof and certainly very few bodies. No zoom creep unless you are running up and down steps or "wearing it" while jack hammering. A decent UV can be had for under $20.00. There is no more perceptible vignetting with this lens than the 24-105 L. Enjoy this lens!