LensTip.com

Lens review

Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

22 September 2007
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very good picture quality in the center of the frame
  • good picture quality at the edges of the frame
  • well controlled distortion
  • low astigmatism
  • accurate, quiet and quite fast autofocus
  • well functioning stabilization
Cons:
  • visible chromatic aberration at 28 mm
  • visible coma
  • a bit large vignetting at 28 mm
  • weak performance against bright light
The Canon EF 28-135 mm IS USM is a great choice if you are willing to give up the wide corner and you want to have a fairly universal lens with a pretty usable focal length range, as well as a flawless autofocus and very good optical features with efficient picture stabilization. It is even more tempting when we look at its price – in the digital L-grade lenses era, the price has dropped noticeably. A couple of years ago it was hard to find this lens for less than 2500 Polish zloty and now it can be purchased for as little as 1800-1900 Polish zloty.

In summation, our pictures would be of much better quality if we used the combination of the EF-S 18-55 mm kit lens and the tested EF 28-135 mm, rather than the EF-S 17-85 IS USM alone. The only drawback is the necessity of adding a weak kit lens when we need a wide view corner. We gain a much wider focal length range in telephoto mode, plus better aperture and the opportunity of saving a few hundred Polish zloty in exchange.


Sample shots:


Please Support Us

The coronavirus crisis has been adversely affecting many businesses and, sad but true, ours is not an exception. Despite that difficult situation we would like to preserve continuity and high quality of publications available on all our websites. Still, we are now aware it might be impossible without additional financial help. That's why we would like to ask all those who visit, read, and care about Optyczne.pl, LensTip.com i Allbinos.com for support - it's enough you send us a small sum of money via PayPal. If a lot people decide to support our websites we think we'll stand a chance and survive next months without any lasting harm. We count on your support and understanding, stay safe and be healthy.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - advertisement - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - Summary Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - Summary Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - Summary
Camera: Canon 300D
Parametry: 135 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/250 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3072x2048 pix, 1.9 MB
Camera: Canon 300D
Parametry: 135 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/400 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3072x2048 pix, 2.0 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parametry: 28 mm, f/9.0, exp. 1/200 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3072x2048 pix, 5.2 MB
Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - Summary Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - Summary Canon EF 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - Summary
Camera:Canon 300D
Parametry: 135 mm, f/7.1, exp. 1/250 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3072x2048 pix, 3.1 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parametry: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/20 sec, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.3 MB
Camera: Canon 300D
Parametry: 50 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/24 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3072x2048 pix, 2.4 MB




Next chapter