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

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Review Date: Dec 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I find it funny when people compare 2 things which is obviously very different in nature. As to what others have posted, you cannot compare your everyday Audi car to your neighbor's ferrari nor your Toyota Landcruiser to your neighbor's Suzuki Vitara. Common guys, this is not an "L" lens and can't even barely reach half of the price of an L lens. So why compare a non L lens to an L lens? Does it make sense? NO!!!! Obviously... Don't compare michael jordan to shaquille Oneal. Ok? Back to the topic, if I have to choose a general walkaround lens, I'd probably pick 17-85 f4-5.6 IS and 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS. Why? Because of the IS. These lens are not the best around but may do the job for a while or even for a long time if budget is an issue. If you have the money, why would settle for a non L lens? Got my drift? If you're into sports photography or requires fast lenses, then go with canon's 2.8 or lower lens series. I picked the 28-135 IS over the 17-85 because I believe that I can maximize the use of IS in 135mm over the 85mm. If wide is an issue, have yourself a kit lens for a while then upgrade to 17-55 2.8 IS lens. Never had a problem with this lens, very clear , vivid color, useful in most cases, and deliver good photos when needed for the price consideration. I recommend this lens (or the 17-85 IS if wide reach is an issue), if you still cannot afford the L lens. This is a very good lens.
Cons:
Kinda Heavy