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Old Apr 26, 2006, 4:15 PM   #1
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Hi there all!

I took a few photos of a cherry treefrom my balcony the other morning and when I downloaded them onto my computer today I was again so happy with the results from my 28-135mm lens (mated with my Canon 350D / Rebel XT) that I decided to share the results with you all.

OK these are not fantastic set up "pro photos", just quick shots. But I think you will get an appreciation of what a good copy of the Canon 28-135mm USM IS lens can do. Some people obviously have had bad copies (and I would not deny some bad copies of this lens are out there!) but my copy and other peoples' copies I've seen tested / critiqued do really have good results.

OK it's not a neither our dream lens (f1.4, 10x zoom, true macro, lightweightlens) but it is a very suitable walk around lens for me and my style of shooting. True it's wide end on a 1.6x crop CMOS frame means 45-216mm focal range, but my style of shooting the increased telerange is often handy. Anyway I have the kit lens (18-55mm) for true wide angle and the 50mm f1.8 for low-light or specific portrait work. But 90% of the time the 28-135mm lens is on my camera!

So below is a quick edit (& downscale / reduction ) of the cherry blossoms I captured, and then below that (next post) a 100% crop from that photo to give you an idea.

Any comments welcome!

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 4:17 PM   #2
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and here is that 100% crop....

Both photos I posted here had only standard / minor post processing in photoshop (e.g. saturation, exposure, sharpening).

And I must say I like the quick / silent USM and FTM features as well as having the convenience of image stabilizer (2 stops advantage for still subjects in my experience) at a decent price!

Please do let me know if you have any questions or comments to make.

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 4:43 PM   #3
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looks nice, i also have the 350D and i just ordered the 50mm f/1.8 and the EF 70-300 IS non DO lenses, i already have the 18-55 lens that came with the camera but am trying to decide on the 17-85 IS or the 28-135 IS just don't know which way to go...
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Old Apr 26, 2006, 5:05 PM   #4
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Hi Hercules,

Thanks for the comments, that you like the photos.

So we share a bit of similar equipment (but I don't have the EF 70-300 lens). Cool!

It depends on your shooting style whether the 17-85mm or 28-135mm lens will be the best for you. If I wasyou I would take many photos using all lenses and see if the 17-85 zoom range or 28-135mm zoom range would suit you better for an "all round" (walk around) lens.

As you have the kit 18-55mm lens (as I do), realise the 17-85 lens covers much the same but of course 30mm more on the long end. But of course the 17-85mm is a superior lens (optical quality, IS, USM, focus speed, handling, etc). The 28-135mm lens is very similar in all aspects (also size, etc) just it's a bit longer in reach (but doesn't have the wide angle, obviously).

I wish you all the best with your decision. Again my advice is to think what your own particular personal shooting style would use the most of... because whether you get the 17-85 or 28-135mm lens they are both great lenses and I expect would be the one which sits on your 350D the most!

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 5:11 PM   #5
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I did order the 17-85 then canceled and ordered the other two, cause i was deciding on 17-85 or 28-135, but i think i will go for the 17-85 next month.
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I understand as you explained, and I am sure you'll enjoy using the 17-85mm lens.

I've seen many people suggesting the 17-85mm lens and the 70-300mm lens as a very good "2 lens combination" and the 50mm f1.8 as a possible 3rd lens. So you seem to have followedmuch good advice. I guess you wouldn't be using the 18-55mm kit lens much after your 17-85mm lens arrives...:-)

I would like to know, how happy are you with the 70-300mm Canon (non DO)?

Could you post some example photos here, or in another post (e.g. especially at 300mm f5.6 or f 8.

Some people have mentioned / complained that at 300mm in portrait mode (camera taking "tall photos") the lens has a defect and it is not sharp.

Does your copy have this?

How happy overall are you with your Canon 70-300mm lens? I was thinking of that as a future lens or the Sigma 100-300 f4. At the moment I'm leaning to the Sigma 100-300 f4 because of the superior build quality and possibility to put a 1.4x converter to get a very good autofocusing "super zoom"!

So please do let me know, hercules!

Thanks.

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 5:46 PM   #7
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I have not yet recieved them yet as they where sent to me from Germany through technikdirekt.de they should be here this week and i'll let you know.
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OK Hercules,

Thanks for replying. I look forward to hearing from you about the lenses (especially the 70-300mm) after they arrive.

Have fun in photography.

All the best

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PJ1974 - the Canon 28/135 made about $4000.00 for me last year. It is one of the most underrated lenses around.

Atweak in PS and you have some nice 11 x14 prints.
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Old Apr 29, 2006, 1:54 AM   #10
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One question on the 28-135 lens is it dust free or not and some people have said that the 28-135 works well with FF cameras, and not the 350D.
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