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Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM Zoom Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Canon EF Zoom Lens, 28 mm - 105 mm, Aperture F/3.5-4.5
  • Min Focus Range: 50 cm
  • Focus Adjustment: Utrasonic Motor (USM) Automatic, Manual
  • Filter Size: 58 mm
  • Manufacturer's 12 months

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  • Item Weight: 458 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
  • Item model number: 6469A014AA
  • ASIN: B00005K47T
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • 1x Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM Zoom Lens

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108 of 108 people found the following review helpful By brainleek007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jan 2007
This lens is from Canon's consumer range and it's designed to be a good all rounder. It succeeds superbly.

The lens is a nice weight, it feels substantial and well built. A full time manual focus ring is on board as well as a distance scale. The focus and zoom rings are smooth and the whole package feels right.

Now down to the nitty gritty - image quality. The image quality is simply superb but it does need a little consideration to get the best from it and I'll explain how. At the extreme ends of the focal length the lens is soft, more so at the 28mm end. BUT if the lens is stopped down to anything around F10 and above the image sharpness is unbelievable. Now I realise this isn't possible in every situation but images will be more than acceptable at any f-stop but when they are stopped down they are utterly pin sharp.

As you work through the middle range of the focal length say 45 - 90 the lens is very sharp, stopping it down to F8 and above just enhaces this, until going a little soft at the maximum focal length again.

If you're sticking this lens on a DSLR with a cropped sensor remember that you'll get a focal length range of 45mm to 170mm so if you're looking to this lens to give you semi-wide angle at the bottom end it won't really do it. What you do get is a very usable range of focal lengths and an excellent all-day lens for under £200. The lens also focuses all the way down to 50cm - a nice little bonus in my book and it allows some excellent macro shots.

The lens is very, very good value. For under £200 you get superb image quality, good build, full time manual focus, smooth operation and all day, all situation usability.

It takes 58mm filters.

Superb buy.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tachikoma on 12 Feb 2008
This is the first USM lens i have owned for my Canon EOS 400D. Before i bought it i was a bit dubious as to how much the USM would add, but now all of my non-USM (all of them damn it) lenses seem slow and laboured when auto-focusing. Plus, all the focusing is internal (same with all USMs) so never gets longer when focusing (I didn't realise this until bought it... maybe that's just me). It does make it slightly heavier but if you want a light camera you probably shouldn't have an SLR anyway...
As for the actual lens, great addition to kit. I have substituted the kit lens (18-55mm) for this one as it is a reasonable wide-angle (enough for everyday use and small crowds) and much better zoom. Plus can stop it up to f3.5 rather than 4.5 which so far has made a massive difference, esp mid range.
Downsides wise - ok 28mm isn't really wide-angle. But would still rather use this than kit lens as is so much sharper image quality, esp when stopped down to f10 etc.
The one niggley thing that got to me was small but annoying. If lens cap and hood are on, you have to take cap off to get hood off... but that's just pedantic really...
Overall, if you can find it for around £100 from auction sites maybe, it is well worth it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Kuzak on 10 Mar 2008
The build quality (both look and feel) of this lens is far superior to the stock lens supplied with the 400D.
Since purchasing this lens I've had little need to use the stock lens for wider angle shots but I still carry the stock lens around just in case.
This lens focuses very quickly and is very sharp. I've used it for landscape, action and macros and have had extremely good results in all areas.
If you want to step up from the stock lens and you are on a budget, then this lens is a very good choice. A very pleasant surprise comes out of the box. A lens hood is a must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Colin Moss VINE VOICE on 1 April 2009
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I have used Canon camera for years.

This lens replaces a previous 28-85mm walkabout, and is definitely both clearer in result and better in range.

It is not an L glass lens, and cannot be compared to an IS lens either. But at the price, in normal light, it is absolutely excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. D. Laker on 29 May 2010
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I use a variety of lenses, yet this one is the one that stays on my camera all of the time. It is versatile, extremely quick focussing, and built to last. Image quality is incredible, and probably one of the best lenses you can get shy of the L series. A perfect replacement for the 18-55 kit lens on the 400D.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Popplewick on 12 Jun 2008
I bought one of these from a well known auction site for about £80. It's a good all rounder and gives me a bit more scope than my nifty fifty EF-50mm. I've produced some really good photos from it with great colour and detail. Agree with other reviewers about it excelling when it's stopped down, it does take a while to figure out how to get the best from it. Generally very happy with this lens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Shaun Pugh on 21 Aug 2010
Like one of the other reviewers I bought mine second-hand. Wide open f3.5, it's a bit soft, but step it down a bit to f5.6 onwards and it's sharp. Not L or IS sharp, but definitely a step up from kit lenses.

One thing I have noticed is that this lens gets softer towards the limits of it's range i.e. 28 and 105. It's best to use it in the middle of the focal range and stepped down to f8-f16 it's great. I've used it for landscapes (night time), with a tripod and it's been very sharp. If you treat it that way you won't be disappointed. Expect L class performance though and it simply can't deliver at that level.
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