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stonehill
04-26-2005, 12:20 PM
I have the canon EF 28-105 F/3.5.4.5 on hold at Best Buy until the end of the day. It is $179.00. I have the kit for wide angle and the 50mm 1.8 now. Looking for a keep on 85% of the time lense. What do you guys think of the Canon for the price?

Bluedog
04-26-2005, 04:06 PM
Lots of reviews: http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=206&sort=7&cat=27&page=3

Lots of images: http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_28105_35ii

stonehill
04-26-2005, 04:29 PM
I drove over 60 miles and got to best buy and it was the wrong lense. The guy was holding the canon 28-105 4-5.6 not the 3.5-4.5. What a disappointment! They could order it for $299.00-ugh

timmciglobal
04-26-2005, 04:30 PM
If you ask me, no, it's not worth it.

the 28>135 IS is better choice of the 28>75 Tamaron 2.8

Tim

24Peter
05-02-2005, 08:58 AM
If you're still looking for this lens (Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM II) I picked one up at Canoga Camera on Friday and shot with it all weekend. They sell it for $229

http://www.canogacamera.com/e/env/0001eHpuzkJZndAzGs3k6X2/price_list/canon_ef_lens.html?link=-DD-/info_pages/cam_info.html&item=invnew:51372

It's a really nice little lens though I had mixed results shooting with it indoors yesterday afternoon in available light. It was a little soft at the long end of the zoom at f4.5. I need to do some more testing. (Admittedly the room was a bit dark - dark enough that the autofocus on my XT was struggling and I needed ISO 800.) Outdoors, however, it is stellar. Got some really, really great shots of a friend's dogs playing and some nice shots down at the beach.

I'm testing out this lens while my Tamron 28-75 2.8 XR Di is being calibrated. Like many other people's, my Tamron was way, way soft at f2.8-5.6, esp at 28mm-55mm. And then again above f16. Kind of a disappointment since what good is a 2.8 lens if you can't shoot there. If the lens isn't sharp when I get it back from Tamron, I'm gonna keep the Canon.

If you go through Canoga Camera, ask for Derek or Josh or list them on the web order form. They are really good guys. They also have a 15 day no-questions-asked return policy which is great.

stonehill
05-02-2005, 09:57 AM
Thanks, but I just checked the site and they were currently out of stock. Let me know what you think of the lense after a few more uses. I appreciate your help!

24Peter
05-02-2005, 05:27 PM
Keeping checking their site. They are constantly getting stuff in and update 3 times per day.

Rex914
05-02-2005, 06:27 PM
For barely more than $299 ($350 or less), you could get the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 which is a much, much, much, much better lens.

Are you just looking for a basic walkaround lens?

24Peter
05-02-2005, 10:05 PM
My Tamron is very soft at f2.8-5.6 (see post above). Plus 105mm is nice compared to only 75mm.

stonehill
05-03-2005, 09:44 AM
Yes Rex, A decent walk around lense. I have the Xt Kit and 50mm 1.8. Also have the 28-80 3.5-5.6 from my film days. What are the "quirks" w/the sigma 18-125? I like the price of it. Any others around that price rance?28mm is wide enough as I have the kit if I need wider.

Bluedog
05-03-2005, 10:52 AM
What are the "quirks" w/the sigma 18-125? I like the price of it.

You can read my take on the Sigma 18-125 in my PBase Gallery below (click on the Canon Digital Rebel XT Gallery) I've pointed others to as well.

The biggest quirk I've encountered is inconsistent AF'ing if the lens is wide open, as in back focusing indoors for portrait photos. Its a tuff lens to beat for zoom range vs price.

cheese
05-06-2005, 12:56 PM
I'm testing out this lens while my Tamron 28-75 2.8 XR Di is being calibrated. Like many other people's, my Tamron was way, way soft at f2.8-5.6, esp at 28mm-55mm. And then again above f16. Kind of a disappointment since what good is a 2.8 lens if you can't shoot there. If the lens isn't sharp when I get it back from Tamron, I'm gonna keep the Canon.


How much do they charge to callibrate lenses?

24Peter
05-06-2005, 03:44 PM
The calibration is done under warranty so there is no charge.

Did some extensive testing of the 28-105 3.5-4.5 the last few days and the lens looks like a keeper. Certainly not the fastest lens on the block - but for $229 very nice. A little soft from f3.5-4.5 at 28mm and then again at f22 but very acceptable nonetheless. Nice throughout at 55mm. And definitely a little soft at f4.5-5.6 at 105mm (probably the weakest spot on the lens) but strong the rest of the way up to f29.

However the big surprise was pairing this lens with the Tamron 1.4X standard teleconverter (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=53109&is=REG )

Very nice throughout. Even seemed to eliminate some of the softness at 28mm 3.5-4.5. A tiny bit weak at 60mm f4 and f22 and at 105mm f29. But great at 105mm f4.5! The Tamron TC does add a stop so beware but I now have a great walk-around combo covering 28-147mm (before the XT's 1.6X mag factor) for $310. I also put my cheapo +4, +2, +1 close up filters on the 28-105 (w/out the Tamron TC) and have a nice macro set up.

I'm still waiting to see where the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 XR Di is when I get it back, but so far I love the size, weight and performance of the 28-105 3.5-4.5.

BTW - I also used the Tamron 1.4X TC with my Canon 75-300 USM IS. Results were really good until I got up into the 250-300mm end of the zoom. All apetures were probably acceptable but only f8 was really sharp.