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Old Dec 27, 2003, 6:37 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of getting a 10d. Would the EF 28-135 be a good "all purpose lense." I am mostly interested in landscape shots and nature scenes.

Admittadly, I am a novice and know little more that I have read. Any comments would be appreciated
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Old Dec 27, 2003, 10:45 PM   #2
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The 28-135mm is a great starter, all purpose, walk around lens for the 10D. It is all that I brought with me last year to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Maui, Moloka'i, San Diego etc. You can see my photos on www.pbase.com/barbados and see if this approximated the work and focal distances that you might be doing.

For the wider end, your next lens (if you want a zoom) could be the 17-40 (? around $800) or even the 16-35 ($1,300). There are those who will tell you to go with the 20-70L lens too. But for your first, get your feet wet, do most whatever you want lens, the 28-135 ($500) is a great start.
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Old Dec 27, 2003, 11:06 PM   #3
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Nice shots!!
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I have both the 28-135 and the 17-40L. I bought the 28-135 because it is a nice all-around lens. However, I find myself using the 17-40L more. For landscape shots 28mm is not very wide on a Canon 10D because of the 1.6 focal multiplier. But then again, the 135mm is very nice to have, that is quite a decent zoom.

The IS on the 28-135mm is very nice; you can take some low-light handheld shots with it. I love IS :-) What I didn't like about this lens is that mine had zoom-creep. Pointing it up or down made it zoom in or out. I had to send it to Canon to get it fixed (warranty).

I have no complaints about the 17-40L. I love that lens. You do need to put a filter on the front to completely seal it off from dust etc. I use a UV haze filter for that.

Which one to get? It all depens on what you think you'll be doing with it. Maybe you want both lenses :-)

Take a look at my Utah pictures. Most of them are taken with the 17-40L on a 10D and then a lot of them at the wide end, 17mm. http://www.pbase.com/barthold/utah

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Nice Pictures!

I'm with Barthold on this one... Not wide enough for landscape, and not as fast as my tele (I use a 70-200 f/2.8 ). It is also my least use lens; However for my last ski trip the 28-135 IS proved to be quite useful for a 1-lens solution!



Check this out: Retract the lens to it 28mm position now try to wiggle the front element and see how much play there is (The play is gone @ the 135mm position)... Quite atonishing that this lens can be that sharp! :lol:
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Old Jan 3, 2004, 1:37 AM   #6
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NHL,

Thanks!

I found the following reviews on the 28-135, it puts it in perspective. It compares all canon non-L lenses in the 24-135 range. http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/rev...zoom/index.htm

If you're waiting for one more opinion at least :-)

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Old Jan 3, 2004, 11:06 PM   #7
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NHL, I did your "wiggle" test on my 28-135IS and it surely does have play at the 28 end.
Seems like it would be tighter for the money.

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IMO this lens, like all non-L lenses, are designed to meet a price point and its plastic construction is not helping either... You can have Canon "adjusted", or change the felt material so that the lens feels tighter like new, but I'm afraid it will get loosen with use again.

Performance wise its OK, but definetly not up to the "L" quality or their all metal construction with rubber sealing O-rings... (Well it doesn't cost like one either! )
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I have both the 28-135 and the 17-40L. I bought the 28-135 because it is a nice all-around lens. However, I find myself using the 17-40L more
I was also intrigued by this seemingly good combo - however - don't you feel that there is just a little too much overlap in the two and, therefore, diminishes the usefulness as a combination? Your 17-40 (sigh...."L" glass) effectively becomes a 17-28. There may be something wrong with my thinking here, but I elected to forego the 17-40, as much as I liked it, and opted for the Sigma 15-30. This lens is getting many very positive reviews, gives me nearly 3.5mm wider coverage and fits nicely as a compliment to the 28-135 IS.
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I don't consider my 17-40 a 17-28. I like to have some overlap, it prevents me from switching lenses all the time. With the 17-40 I can also take portrait pictures (if I want to snap one quickly) at full-frame 50mm equivalent. I just find the range fits very nicely in my shooting style.

But yes, wider is good, especially on a 1.6 factor camera! The extra 2 mm on the Sigma 15-30 will be useful to have.

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