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Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM

Review Date: Jun 8, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Much better lens then anticipated. (tested with digital EOS 10 D). Sharp at 90 mm F 5.6, very sharp at F8. Definitely better then it's reputation. There is no real optical drawback with plastic lenses (think of EF 50/1.8 II and many others)
Slow apertures of course. 28 mm at F 4 little bit on the weak side (soft) in the corners. Frontlens unprotected - lenshood a must.

When I read the reviews about this lens, I thought I will not even look at this lens if it's included with a camera. So I didn't for several month.

Today I used it: with such low expectations I am now surprised how well this lens performs (on a EOS 10 D). Since it was included with a EOS 3000V, there is not much to discuss about a loss: Use this lens if you feel it renders sharp. Don't use it, if you feel it's bad. Plain easy.

I mean this is not a lens you go out and buy - but since it is most likely included with a camera - you can actually use it. Focus carefully, because the effort always pays off in your pictures.

People often complaining about "cheap plastic construction". Why ? Does this really matter ? (I know it does, but does it matter that much, I mean ?) Today's plastics are so much better then ever, and got nothing to do with the optical performance. I think we may underestimate several lenses only because they're cheap and got a lot of plastic.