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Old Oct 18, 2005, 3:15 AM   #1
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Marked Canon EF 35-105 f4.5 -5.6 it has a ring of orange/gold dots round the focus ring with the word Ultrasonic. I can't find any info on Canon's website so presume it must be an older design.

What type of lens is it? Does seem a slow lens. Is it top quality or just a kit quality lens?

I've been given this lens and am coincidentally in the market for a digital SLR. I'm moving from Nikon F801 but don't like current Nikon SLRs. I've more or less decided on Olympus but now appear to have a choice. Does having this Canon lens make any difference to my choice? Is it so good that I should now consider a 20D (which I could afford if I don't need to buy so much glass)? Or should I just put the lens onto ebay?

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Old Oct 18, 2005, 10:42 AM   #2
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Looks like an old lens. Rather slow for a 35mm-105mm.

Introduced in June 1992. Discontinued. Worth,not much. Might be a good outdoor lens. Since you say you got it for free I wouldn't worry much about it. I have an older 28-70 3.5-4.5 made in 91 and discontinued but it got good reviews and I used it when I got my first DSLR. I have since managed to buy more modern and faster lenses. If I were you I would use it and enjoy taking pictures until you can afford to buy more modern lenses. Many of those old lenses were optically good but slower to focus.

Enjoy it. Have fun.
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 10:19 PM   #3
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It's a pretty slow lens.

I probably wouldn't use it myself, but I'd sure try to get $25 for it on Ebay!

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