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

Review Date: Jul 16, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: nice size, nice weight-not too heavy or lite, no drop off on corners on a 1.6x crop body, nice walk around lens
not so smooth zoom ring, 72 mm filters are starting to be pricey, wish it had a little more wide angle like 20 or 24 to start and wish long end was upwards of say 150 that would be the best.

I've had this lens as a kit lens w/a 40 d, the camera and lens both were sent to calif. once and new jersey once for color, contrast, focus, sharpness, lens rattle, lens slop. Both times it came back saying fixed "to factor spec's" and still the pictures were no the best. I'am a pretty serious advanced amatuer, so I know how to take pictures. I don't have the money for a "L" lens, so I spent the money on a 55-250 IS efs lens just to make sure it's not the camera. And whoa what a difference the new lens makes ! So now I may sell both to get the 70-300 IS so I can get a metal mount full frame lens. So the 28-135 IS is just an old ok lens w/ old IS technology only good for 1 to 1.5 f-stops the 55-250 IS is at least good for 2.5 to 3.5 f-stops from what I have seen in my shots. The 28-135 IS is an ok kit lens as an upgrade for a total amatuer over the standard 18-55 non-IS lens. I'm just not happy with it.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Review Date: Jul 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $299.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: pretty quick focusing, pretty accurate focusing too, nice size lens, I.S. is very good, nice colors and contrast
Plastic mount, no full time manual focus, no gages or windows, too lite not enough weight

So far I have had this lens for less than 1 month, but the pictures I'm getting are a lot better than my 28-135 IS kit lens ! I have sent my 28-135 IS in to Canon in Calif. once and once to New Jersey. And still, straight out of the box the 55-250 IS out performs the 28-135 IS in speed, focusing, color, contrast, smoother zoom ring turn, just everything is better !