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Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Mar 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Good optical quality for the price. Light, solid construction. USM AF is fast and quiet.
Cons:
Slow. A little soft at all focal lengths in my tests at f/11. Contrast and color could be better. Barrel extends for zooming and feels a little flimsy when it does. 28mm isn't very wide on 1.6x cameras.

A great lens for the price. I got this used so I only paid $155. Its light and the range is perfect for a walk around lens. 105 is great for portraits but the 4.5 maximum aperature leaves a little to be desired for shallow focus. But the bokeh is a lot nicer than I expected. Really this is length is good for an advanced amatur (like me) but it is not L glass. I have rented the 24-70 2.8l, which is four times as expensive but definetly far superior. This lens is too slow to be practical for weddings and other pro work you might use a lens of this length for. Available light indoors is not feasable.