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is this lens a significant improvement over the kit lens?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Mattius, 1 Feb 2006.

  1. Mattius

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,092

    Location: Edinburgh

    Is this lens better than the standard 300d kit lens?
    Canon EF 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM

    is it worth the £100 i been offered one for?
  2. thumper


    Joined: 2 Feb 2003

    Posts: 379

    Location: UK

    no its terrible, ill buy it tho ;)
    check some reviews here :)
  3. saddler


    Joined: 23 May 2005

    Posts: 514

  4. Col_M


    Joined: 17 Jan 2005

    Posts: 3,749

    Location: London

    From what i've heard it's a reasonable workhorse for general use, it's not a 'L' but then again it's far from bad. If you find you use the larger focal lengths on your kit lens then you may find it more useful. The best thing to do would be to try before you buy, depending if you can of course.
    I haven't owned one so take from it what you will.
  5. SDK^


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,648

    A little but not much.
    The price difference is down to the IS (Image Stabiliser) and the USM focus system. Image quality will be much the same as kit lens from 28-50mm, after that you might notice a small improvement.
    Focus will be quicker & silent and of course you'll have the extra '2 stop' benefit of IS :)
  6. DizMatt


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,486

    Location: Seaham UK

    for 100 notes it's a stonking lens
    cracking piece of glass, not L but not much is to be fair
    for 100 notes, snap it up, I would
  7. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    hang on, that lens was like £350 new, £100? I'll take it !
  8. stu.artd

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 1,832

    The 28-135IS was my main walk around lens due to it's veratility until I got a 17-40L and decided to go for the wider angle. I was always happy with the results from my 28-135 and still carry it around as the IS can be extremely useful.I've had prints of photos taken in Rome and Barcelona with it on my 300D printed at poster size and the results are good.
  9. Beansprout

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 31 Jan 2004

    Posts: 16,312

    Location: Plymouth

    £100 :eek:

    Snap it up now :eek:

    I got a hold of one last week and it's a good lens - it's no L-beater but the f/3.5 and IS are really useful. I'll try and get some comparison shots up for you tomorrow :)

    The long range means it's very useful for everyday walking around which is something I needed - I had a 17 - 40L but it didn't have the zoom I required, and I also have a 50mm f/1.8, which just isn't wide enough for every day use. The 50mm is also small enough to easily carry in a pocket if I feel the need to change lenses (for example, for a portrait / DOF shot) :)
  10. Gamefreak501


    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

    Posts: 7,978

    Location: Bedfordshire

    I have amassed a collection of lenses...both good and bad.

    Both my Canon lenses (80-200mm, 28-80mm) are plastic mount ones. The 80-200mm costed under £60, the 28-80 costed £35. The autofocus is exceptionally fast although the 80-200 doesn't even have USM!

    I also have a 35-105mm, 70-210mm and 50mm Minolta lenses. They're metal, built like tanks and weigh a fair bit, like my metal Minolta 7000 body. All my lenses, apart from the 70-210mm and of course the 50mm prime have one f number throughout. The rest don't.

    It's just a good thing I'm looking to get a refund on the 70-200 Canon lens and buying that 70-300mm Sigma APO job :) I will be selling my 28-80 USM as well as my EOS 300 and using the petty amount of cash I'll get to put towards a 30V or maybe go digital :)

    SO yeah, you haven't really gone wrong there, not for £100!
  11. AndyBorzi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

    Posts: 1,390

    Location: Peterborough

    My wife has one for her 20d and it never comes off! IS is weird it makes me feel sea sick when it is stabilising! :)

    Remember though, your range is 44.8-216 and not 28-135.

    But for £100 you cannot go wrong
  12. DizMatt


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,486

    Location: Seaham UK

    there is a 17-85 version which is lovely
    just wider for landscapes and weddings
    handy stuff,.
    the IS really works though apparantly, really makes a difference
  13. Richard T


    Joined: 19 Oct 2003

    Posts: 3,212

    Location: Right here, right now!

    agreed the IS is weird but it does what it says on the tin (just got my 70-300is :D )
  14. morgan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Jul 2004

    Posts: 1,587

    buy buy buy!!

    great walkaround lens and IS thrown in....best £100 you will ever spend (if you dont already have the 50/1.8 that is!)
  15. Mattius

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,092

    Location: Edinburgh

    got the 50 1.8 comin from moscow with my dad next week.
  16. Ghost in the Shell

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jun 2004

    Posts: 1,571

    i sold my to beansprout (thanks dude!) and i can confirm its a great lens - we have both been happy with the swap and i would say that an average value for a good 2nd hand one is approx £200 so in effect at £100 its a very good price.

    great quality lens - the IS is the main advatage you will gain over over the kit lens however the overall quality is much better (i used to have a 300D with kit lens)

    buy it mate