Old lens found new life with the affordable full frame DSLR

Started Jun 19, 2013 | User reviews
jlchen New Member • Posts: 13
Old lens found new life with the affordable full frame DSLR
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This is the lens I bought with my EOS3 in the late 90's, yes, during the film age. In 2006 I bought my first DSLR, 30D, and this lens was pretty much packed away in one of my gear bags as it is not quite suitable with a half frame body. My lens inventory is built by both EF lens from the good old days and a couple EF-S lens for the APS-C frame 30D. Recently I could not resist the temptation to acquire a full frame DSLR at an affordable price and bought the 6D. With the full frame body, the 28-135 becomes usable again. Although its IS mechanism is first generation, with the super high ISO performance of 6D, it is not too much a problem. I am very satisfied with the 28-135 with 6D, and I don’t think I need to upgrade it with a 24-105 or 24-70 anytime soon.

No one will recommend to buy a new 28-135 as it is an aging designed lens. However, if you happen to have it in your lens bags I believe it still a decent standard zoom lens with the full frame DSLR.

 jlchen's gear list:jlchen's gear list
Canon EOS 6D Canon EF 85mm F1.2L II USM Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L II USM Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM Canon PowerShot G12 +15 more
Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Zoom lens • Canon EF • 2562A002
jlchen's score
3.5
Average community score
3.4
Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM Canon EOS 30D Canon EOS 6D
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Wintergreen
Wintergreen Regular Member • Posts: 137
Re: Old lens found new life with the affordable full frame DSLR

My story is not different, in 2001 or so I bought a eos 30 (the one with the eye control) with à 28-105 usm II that I kept all that time. Not a great lens, but one that I am very happy to have on my new 6D. Next year I might get a good zoom but until then, my 12 years old zoom is having à new career.

 Wintergreen's gear list:Wintergreen's gear list
Fujifilm X-H1 Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R Fujifilm XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro Fujifilm XF 35mm F2 R WR Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD +1 more
rsn48 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,755
This lens can't get no respect...

The 28 - 135 IS lens is a great kick around lens, its one of my go to lenses when travelling and shooting around the neighbourhood. If I were grading this lens I'd give it a B+ which is all you really need most of the time.

I own 9 lens, some for "serious" and others for travel companions and mucking about, but my 28 - 135 gets the most use of all my other lenses.

My cruise pics using the 28 - 135, many of my day pics, and my Canon 35mm f2 for my low light, inside the ship and town night pics:

https://picasaweb.google.com/rsn4807/BaltimoreCarribbeanCruise2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCJmeiO-V-9-NowE#slideshow/5852797033622816258

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OP jlchen New Member • Posts: 13
Re: This lens can't get no respect...

rsn48 wrote:

The 28 - 135 IS lens is a great kick around lens, its one of my go to lenses when travelling and shooting around the neighbourhood. If I were grading this lens I'd give it a B+ which is all you really need most of the time.

I own 9 lens, some for "serious" and others for travel companions and mucking about, but my 28 - 135 gets the most use of all my other lenses.

My cruise pics using the 28 - 135, many of my day pics, and my Canon 35mm f2 for my low light, inside the ship and town night pics:

https://picasaweb.google.com/rsn4807/BaltimoreCarribbeanCruise2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCJmeiO-V-9-NowE#slideshow/5852797033622816258

4 months after I wrote the original post, I acquired / upgraded a few more EF lenses to my gear box:

16-35 2.8 II, 70-200 2.8 IS II, 100 2.8 IS macro and the 85 1.2 II. I still use the 28-135 as my standard zoom lens. I gave the thoughts of buying the 24-70 2.8 but rejected the idea due to no IS and too small of the zoom range. For the 24-105 4 IS, I think the strength of it vs. the 28-135 is better IS and better optical especially at the wide end. However, as I already have the 16-35 to cover the wide range, I still can't find much motivation to get the 24-105.

Julian

 jlchen's gear list:jlchen's gear list
Canon EOS 6D Canon EF 85mm F1.2L II USM Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L II USM Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM Canon PowerShot G12 +15 more
Kevin Jorgensen Contributing Member • Posts: 745
Re: This lens can't get no respect...

jlchen wrote:

rsn48 wrote:

The 28 - 135 IS lens is a great kick around lens, its one of my go to lenses when travelling and shooting around the neighbourhood. If I were grading this lens I'd give it a B+ which is all you really need most of the time.

I own 9 lens, some for "serious" and others for travel companions and mucking about, but my 28 - 135 gets the most use of all my other lenses.

My cruise pics using the 28 - 135, many of my day pics, and my Canon 35mm f2 for my low light, inside the ship and town night pics:

https://picasaweb.google.com/rsn4807/BaltimoreCarribbeanCruise2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCJmeiO-V-9-NowE#slideshow/5852797033622816258

4 months after I wrote the original post, I acquired / upgraded a few more EF lenses to my gear box:

16-35 2.8 II, 70-200 2.8 IS II, 100 2.8 IS macro and the 85 1.2 II. I still use the 28-135 as my standard zoom lens. I gave the thoughts of buying the 24-70 2.8 but rejected the idea due to no IS and too small of the zoom range. For the 24-105 4 IS, I think the strength of it vs. the 28-135 is better IS and better optical especially at the wide end. However, as I already have the 16-35 to cover the wide range, I still can't find much motivation to get the 24-105.

Julian

I found the gap too wide between the 16-35f2.8L II and the 70-200f4L IS even though I had a Sigma 50f1.4 so I eventually bought the 24-105. Good lens but it had the IS problem that was widely reported and my guy in Saigon offered me a trade in deal on the 24-70f2.8L II that was too good to refuse. The next day I traded the 70-200f4L IS in on the 2.8 II as well. The odd man out now is the 16-35, the 24-70f2.8L II + 70-200f2.8L IS II are in another class IQ wise. I recommend you try one before discounting it completely. You will be surprised.

 Kevin Jorgensen's gear list:Kevin Jorgensen's gear list
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EF 85mm F1.8 USM Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC +2 more
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