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Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM Lens

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Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM lens

Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM lens

Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM lens

Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM lens

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Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM MTF Chart

Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 2000

Optical design: 15 elements in 12 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor
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Owners (8)

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Average price: $403

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
28mm - 105mmf/3.5 - f/4.5f/2270.558375/13,275/3

Additional information:

The Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM  is one of the best low-end zoom lenses for EOS digital and film cameras.

 It allows you to shoot close-up portraits and take close-ups of subjects from a distance of  50 cm.   The lenses come black, equipped with multilayer coating to provide high contrast and nice color  rendering.  The lens feature good sharpness from maximum aperture settings.

As compared with the first version, it has an updated focusing motor and a 7-blade aperture (7 blades against 5 in the previous version).

The Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM is very compact and lightweight. At the maximum focal length it does not extend longer than 30 mm. There is an AF/MF switch on the lens body. There is a distances scale for manual focusing with indications for infrared photography. A manual focusing drive of the new lens functions reliably and enables you to make corrections after autofocusing.

At the short focal lengths pictures taken with this lens shows chromatic and geometric distortions.


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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 27.07.2010



Photos taken with this lens Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM:


Fragile
Autor: Radovan
5 0 1979

Autumn Snow
Autor: Serrgeich59
5 0 1197

Smiles
Autor: Serrgeich59
5 0 899

Dragonfly
Autor: Radovan
5 0 1101

Mechanical quality3.336
Optical quality3.506
Usability4.676
Pricing / Value4.336
Bokeh3.336
Overall lens rating
3.83

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Owner reviews: Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 II USM

Radovan 01.06.2013 20:16:56
Period of use: 5 months

Strengths:

 

Small
Light
Fast and accurate focus USM ring type
Full time manual focus
Bokeh creamy and calm
Color rendering nice and warm
Sharp
No zoom creping in any position
Metal mount
Made in Japan
Price (my is as new no sign of use with UV filter and mounted on EOS 50 + remote RC-1 and all of that cost me about 85€) if you deduct average price of all other stuff that came with it I paid about 50€ for it and I call that a bargain.

Weaknesses:

 

It would be nice if filter and hood mount were made of metal.
Filter mount threads are plastic and can easily be destroyed if filter is screwed in in hurry.
Hood bayonet mount is also plastic and if it collects some dust hood installation may feel like you are forcing something the wrong way.
Solution to this problems are simple pay attention when mounting a filter and keep hood and hood bayonet clean.
Only real complaint is zoom ring stiffness but that may be do to lens age and lack of usage.
I'll rapport here if any changes to zoom stiffness appear after longer period of usage. (it occurred to me that stiffness is by design to avoid zoom creep)

Comments:

 

Overall it is a really nice lens versatile light compact real dream for traveling.
I read a lot about how it is odd lens on crop body but let's be honest which one isn't it is not the lens that is odd it is the size of the sensor and the smaller angel of view. After some time it is second nature to recalculate field of view size and to anticipate how far you must be to fit all subjects in desired frame size. (FOV crop factor and focal length ar topic for another article )
 
Almost all lens shortcomings on crop body like 7D are lost do to small sensor and advanced features like peripheral illumination correction.(Owners of modern Canon's if not familiar with this option should read their user's manual) Minor optical distortions can be addressed during post processing through lens correction tools of different softwares like LightRoom Corel Aftershot (Bibble pro) and DXO optics.
There is a lot of reviews on the net and if you spend some time with Google you'll find all information you need to decide if it is a lens for you. eBay has an article about this lens and how to recognize it because first and second model differ in minor cosmetic details but difference in performance is great.
 
It is not the best lens but it is good enough for what I wanted it.