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Old Jun 11, 2004, 2:34 PM   #11
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Very nice website. I love the eagle photo. Do you have a multiplier that you have used with the 28-135?
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Old Jun 11, 2004, 2:47 PM   #12
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On a couple of sites it has been noted that folks appear... appear to have

issues with focus and crisp shots with the 28-135, suggesting that the 28-105

may be a "better" solution. Specifically, the commentary was that the 105

costs less AND was better, a combination that adds a bit of doubt to my cynical

mind. While I would prefer the 215 zoom (135x1.6) if the 168 (105x1.6) were

significantly better in actual usage that a tradeoff would have to be considered.

Opinions appreciated from one and all.
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Old Jun 11, 2004, 3:24 PM   #13
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I have not experienced any sharpness problems with my 28-135 and again maybe I am not looking for it. The IS really helps me considering I will be 60 in Novemeber and the hands are not as steady as they use to be. I have not shot with the other lens but am very happy with my 28-135 USM IS lens.
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Old Jun 11, 2004, 8:53 PM   #14
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"sharp enough" is subjective and sharpness is very dependent on how good the shooter was. I have the 28-135. I wouldn't say its an amazing lens or anything, but it produces pictures that I'm happy with.

You could compare the MTF charts that Canon puts out and see what you think:


Based on how I read it, the 28-135 is better than the 28-105 f3.5-f4.5 and the 28-105 f4-f5.6 both in the center and at the edges. But this is not the only way to compare lenses. CA, weight, cost, pincushioning, vignetting... they all matter. Looking at http://www.photozone.de, the 28-135 equals or beats it in every catagory except AF speed.

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Old Jul 13, 2004, 11:08 PM   #15
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I also *nearly* bought a Minolta A2, but someone snapped me out of it and I purchased the Rebel instead. The noise at higher ISO was just unacceptable on the Minolta, but I'm sure it would have made a good single camera solution otherwise.

The only regret on the Rebel, is I needed two extra lenses for it to "cover the bases" presently, and now I'm looking at more batteries, external flash, and a second 512 to 1gb CF card to complement my sandisk 1gb.

It seems buying the camera w/kit lens was just the beginning of the sucking sound my wallet makes!


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Old Jul 14, 2004, 6:27 AM   #16
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A2 - A favorable review at last! http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/A2/A2A.HTM
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Old Jul 14, 2004, 11:12 AM   #17
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I'm considering the Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3. I'll keep the kit lense for its wide angle but this will probably be my walk-around.

I know a few people who purchased the body and this particular tamron lense - only.

Does anybody have any experience with this lens and what is your view of using it as your primary and perhaps only lens?
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Old Jul 14, 2004, 11:37 AM   #18
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I just received my Tamron 28-300mm lens and it is great. I also have the kit lens incase I want more wide angle but mostly use the Tamron now.
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