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Old Feb 26, 2011, 3:26 PM   #1
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Default Canon 28-135mm IS lens for walkaround?

A guy in craigslist is selling Canon 28-135mm IS lens for $200 and says it's in excellent condition.
It has good range that covers most situations without having to change lenses.
I can sell the 18-55mm IS for $100 easily and upgrade to this for extra $100.
Do you guys recommend this lens over kit lens?
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Old Feb 26, 2011, 3:29 PM   #2
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That is the lenses I use as my walk around with my 60D or t1i, it will work, but if you are into wide angle stuff it may be a bit tight for some. It does focus fast and pretty quite.

There are some samples from a recent trip of mine.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...tennessee.html
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Nice pictures shoturtle!
What should I test on the lens to make sure it's good?
Also, is this better than the kit lenses in image quality and AF?
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Old Feb 26, 2011, 3:48 PM   #4
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It is better then the 18-55, it focus faster, and just a tad better in IQ, and the AF it a bit more accurate. The kit lens is very sharp for as canon make it optically very good.
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I also shoot the 28-135 on my 7D. once you stop the lens down a stop or so it gets really sharp. I traded my 18-55 kit lens for it and have been happy since. Steven
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I also shoot the 28-135 on my 7D. once you stop the lens down a stop or so it gets really sharp. I traded my 18-55 kit lens for it and have been happy since. Steven
Great!
I'll talk to the seller.
BTW, how should I test the lens since it's used?
Anything in particular to check?
Also, is $200 a good value for decent used 28-135mm IS lens?
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Old Feb 27, 2011, 12:15 AM   #7
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Bring a good flashlight with you. That way you can see if the aperture blades are clean and no oil on the blades and how much dirt is in the lens. Also bring your camera. Mount it to you camera, stop down to f8 to see if you see any dust on the photos.
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And yes 200 is a fair price for a used 28-135. Considering new it is 370.
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Bring a good flashlight with you. That way you can see if the aperture blades are clean and no oil on the blades and how much dirt is in the lens. Also bring your camera. Mount it to you camera, stop down to f8 to see if you see any dust on the photos.
Will do.
Thanks for info.
Lets see how it goes.
BTW, price for new is $455 @ BH and $419 @ Amazon. Didn't see anywhere for $370.
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PS use the dof preview button on your camera. That will close down the aperture blade when mounted on the camera, and you can get a good look at the blades to make sure there is no oil or grease on them or if they are sticking. You can also hold down the dof button, and turn off the camera. Then you can get a close inspection of the back side of the aperture blades when you unmount the lens, as the aperture will remain stop down until you remount and turn on the camera again.
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