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

Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6 USM IS Review

Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6 USM IS Review

The Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS is one of the first standard zoom lenses with IS for full-frame digital and film cameras. The lens began to be produced back in 1998, my made in Japan. The lens has a 5x zoom, however, for the convenience of the zoom it is worth paying a loss in aperture. Aperture the lens is mediocre, like many other zoom lenses. The Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS is pleasing because, on full-frame cameras, 28mm focal lengths give a fairly wide angle of view, and at the long end 135mm focal lengths allow a short tele-range. For owners of full-frame cameras by type Canon 5D The Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens can act as a travel zoom or camera lens for simple photographic tasks.

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

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

Integrated IS Stabilizer (Image Stabilization) The stabilizer must compensate up to 2 stops of exposure, there are no complaints about the stabilizer's operation, and the real stabilization system can be pulled out by two forces. There is a stabilization mode operation switch on the lens: Stabilizer ON / OFF. When the stabilizer is turned on and the shutter button is pressed halfway, the lens can make a slight hum, it works gyroscopic sensors.

View of the Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens from the bayonet side

View of the Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens from the bayonet side

Lens focus internal. Auto focus is enough fastThis is facilitated by the quiet and fast USM (Ultrasonic) motor. In auto focus mode, manual focus compensation is available. The lens has an AF / MF focus mode switch. In MF mode, focusing is performed using a special focus ring. The focus ring is rubberized and rotates in the active position by approximately 120 degrees. The focus ring is narrow and uncomfortable. The Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS has a focus distance scale. MDF at 135mm focal length is 50sm, while you can get macro with a magnification of 1 to 5. There is a special 'macro' zone on the focusing distance scale.

View of the Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens at 135mm focal length with an extended trunk

View of the Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens at 135mm focal length with an extended trunk

Zooming in will extend the 'trunk' of the lens without rotating the front lens. The lens has a very easy stroke of the zoom ring and the zoom ring is rubberized. The lens suffers spontaneous lengthening and shortening of the 'trunk', moreover, this ailment on my copy turned out to be very neglected - it is enough to tilt the camera, as the lens zoom spontaneously changes.

The lens weighs 550 grams, its optical design includes 16 elements in 12 groups, one of the elements is aspherical. I did not like the build quality of the lens, the front lens elements hang outeven knock when using the lens. The lens is designed for 10 years of use.

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

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

Image quality

The lens is not very strong HA, in the backlight can catch hares (see examples). The distortion at 28mm is small, but the vignetting at 28mm is strong enough when used on full-frame cameras, and at 28mm on open apertures, the edges of the image are not sharp enough. In general, at all focal points, the central part of the image is quite sharp, but I would advise you to cover the aperture to F / 8.0 if possible. The diaphragm consists of 6 petals, 135mm can be obtained blurred background.

Sample photos on a Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens

All sample photos in this review are without processing. All shot on camera Canon EOS 5D in JPEG, L, landscape mode. When shooting, Hoya 72mmUV (0) Made in Japan protective filters were used.

Personal experience using the Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens

I do not recommend buying this lens for Canon APS-C cropped cameras, as EGF will correspond to 44.8-216mm, and the possibility of normal use of a wide angle with this lens will be lost. For cropped cameras, there is a 'cropped version' of this lens - Canon EF-S 17–85mm f / 4-5.6 USM IS. In general, I did not particularly like the lens.

View of the Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens on a full-frame camera

View of the Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS lens on a full-frame camera

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Conclusions

The Canon EF 28-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 USM IS was generally a good zoom lens for full-frame cameras. The lens boasts a fast auto focus and image stabilizer, but the lens is not confused by the most robust design.

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Comments: 51, on the topic: Review of the Canon EF 28-135mm f 3.5-5.6 USM IS

  • HaZarD96

    Pros :
    -cutting
    - convenient focus
    - there is a volume
    -there is a picture

    Cons:
    -dark
    -medium bokeh
    -I didn’t make an impression on crop, but it will be a little better than cropped whales
    -the color is not like that of L-ki, but it doesn’t infuriate, it’s quite pleasant.

    In general, to be honest, I did not see any cons.
    For its price, everything it does is very cool.
    Still more powerful bokeh, and there would be L-ka.

  • Nelson Arenas

    Buen Lente...Buena Definición, Buena Nitidez, Enfoque linear preciso.

  • Sergei

    This is of course all wonderful. And in any case, thank you for your opinion about this glass, but sample photos less than 3 MP in size give an extremely mediocre idea of ​​​​it.

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