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Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Sep 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great ,lightweight walk around lens. Better than expected quality.
Nothing really. There is a bit of zoom creep, but on a short zoom like this who cares.

I bought this lens for a song on eBay. I have been pleasantly surprised by it. It is light, fast focusing and has a decent range. I own the 24-105 L but hesitated to take it out on long days because of its weight. This is a great walkaround lens. Sure 17mm would be better, but it is only 24. I tried the 17-85mm and found it softer and much heavier.

I find the build quality to be better that the 28-135, so it's not an issue. On a crop camera the results are quite good.

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

Review Date: May 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Range, IS, lightweight, fast focusing. Very good when you want to take only one lens that will even allow low light shooting in a theather. Price is fair, especially when compared to the new Canon 17-55 IS 2.8. Fairly sharp.
Poor construction. The barrel wobbles when extended. Not a fast lens, but that of course would make it heavier. 24-135, like the Tamron would make it better.

This is a good all around lens for the right use. I prefer this lens when I am going out for the day and do not wish to bring a bag with gear. It has enough flexibility to allow you shoot candids on a 1,6x crop and yet go wide enough for street scenes and limited landscapes.

The lens is sharp enough and not too heavy or long to become cumbersome. When I bought the Tamron 28-75mm I was going to sell it, but did not because of the added range. Perfect for Disney as an only lens.

May not be up to the expectations of a portrait photographer, but for the enthusiast and amateur that is not too demanding, this lens will earn it's place in the camera bag for it's versatility.