old low-contrast EF mount lenses?

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Kreitmann
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Re: old low-contrast EF mount lenses?
In reply to ziffmclaren, Jan 19, 2013

Like today, Canon had 3 grades of lenses. The kit lenses were the lowest tier. They are all plastic, rotating front element, small filtersize, f/5.6 at the long end, loud AF sound. best thing, they are cheap to get.

Anything with a metal mount, USM or IS is probably a middle class lens. I use a EF 28-105 3.5 - 4.5 USM sometimes. It is far from an L lens or a prime, but still OK between f/5.6 and f/16.

Kreitmann wrote:

I would go for one of the old analog Rebel kit lenses like this one

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/lens/ef/data/standard_zoom/ef_35~80_4~56ii.html

They should be pretty terrible in terms of color, contrast and sharpness. Expectations were low in the film days.

I believe that is the second generation of the lens I mentioned in my original post though I mistakenly listed it as a 35-70mm.

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