Legacy zoom recommendations?

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
ProfHankD
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Re: Legacy zoom recommendations?
In reply to Letsgokoulos, Feb 23, 2013

Letsgokoulos wrote:

The build of both Canon 35-70mm f2.8-f3.5 and f3.5-4.5 versions doesn't seem to be acclaimed, although IQ wise comments are not too bad. Most reviews that I read say it is better than a kit lens.

I have the FDn f/3.5-4.5. Arguably the worst-feeling build of the 125+ lenses I own. It is very coarse and plastic, but is still fully functional and looks brand new, so build probably isn't as bad as it feels....

Wide open, IQ is soft and glowy at the APS-C frame edges and probably would be terrible on FF. By f/8 it's actually not bad at all, 8/10. It can focus close at all focal lengths, but doesn't really do macro.

Overall quite usable, but not a lens I'd seek out....

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