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

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Review Date: Apr 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $374.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: clean, clear colors, fairly fast, quite, very good range, and not too heavy
Cons:
zoom is not as smooth as I would like and if it started at 22mm or 24mm would be almost perfect

This was one of the first lenses that I bought for my 20D with the intention of it being a great walk around lens. If the range started at 22mm or 24mm I could leave my 20-35mm at home. Last vacation the lens was on the camera 97% of the time and the upper range was good enough to shoot any of those charactors on stage at Walt Disney World.

The pictures come out amazingly sharp and clear with colors being very accurate, close to the sharpness of some of my faster primes. I have seldom had to alter many pictures with a photo tool (except sizing and crops), and have not experienced any of the softness I have seen with other reviewers.

The zoom is quite and USM focus is fairly fast, I have never had this lens seek yet (unlike my 50mm macro). However the zoom itself can feel as though it might be a little smoother at times with a very slight amount of play in the barrel at 135mm. The IS is great for low light and night shots or when shooting over bumpy trails.

Overall, this is my favorite travel lens and I would highly recommend it for anyone not looking to make an investment in L glass. I have been using this lens for several months and have not yet been disapointed by it.