Canon EF 28- 135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is old and a well-known lens that can still be useful. Back in a day it was one of the best lenses on the market and even today it can deliver impressive performances and meet most of your requirements.
Which cameras you can use
This lens is for Canon EF mount. That means it can work on both crop or full-frame DSLR EF lens mount, with the ability of shooting between 28mm and 135mm. This simply means that it is designed for professional digital cameras and that it even can be used by film cameras. In both cases, you can expect above the average quality of the photos.
The maximum aperture this lens has to offer is 1:3.5-5.6, while the construction of the lens is 16 elements divided into 12 different groups.
Rotating zooming system
The zooming system on this lens uses rotating movement, which means that you must rotate the manual zoom in order to zoom-in or out. A nice addition is the zooming electric motor which makes an interesting sound when in the use. It really looks great and makes you feel like a professional photograph.
While using the zoom, you will notice the quality of the lens. It is made from metal and heavy-duty plastics, so it feels pleasant to use and more expensive than it actually it. However, this feature also makes it heavier than some users prefer. The dimensions are 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.8 inches long. The weight is 18.9ounces.
Advanced image stabilization
This was the first ever lens with the IS (image stabilization) feature Canon made. Interestingly, the feature works perfectly and it is easy to use. There is a clear difference when the feature is on or off.
The closest distance you can focus is 1.6 feet, but anything further than that still maintains and offers the same quality of the image. Both of these make the lens slightly better compared to cheaper lenses that are made after this one. In addition, manual focus is possible and by doing this you will override the electric motor.
Colors of this lens will capture are another advantage it actually offers. All of the photos will look realistic and vivid, while natural colors are captured every single time. Due to thespecific design of the lens, a small amount of sunlight will actually get inside it, meaning that photos taken in the bright sun are better than usual.
Aperture is also something that can be treated as an advantage of the lens. The depth and the details of the photos are decent and if we take into account the affordable price, they are even better.
The autofocus system has been appreciated thanks to the performances it provides. First of all, the entire system is completely silent, allowing you to use the lens in places where silence is required.
Autofocus is fast as well, so you can be ready to take a new picture much quicker than with other lenses. Due to this feature and the fact it worked well without a flash, we recommend it for usages where flashes are not allowed, and silence is preferred.
- Still, very affordable lens compared to the features it offers
- Autofocus is silent and really fast
- Manual focusing is pleasant to use and you even get an interesting zooming sound
- Image stabilization is above average
- Natural and vivid colors
- Full-frame digital camera lens
- Macro is useful
- Heavier than most of the equivalent lenses
- Using it requires some time to adapt to it
- Aperture is decent but isn’t the best you can get
The final thought
At the end, we must say that the Canon EF 28- 135 mm is definitely worth of investment. It is a high-quality lens, made by a world-known brand so it has plenty of features and additions to offer. Taking photos will be far more interesting and appealing just by using the lens in question. Don’t forget that you will have to adapt to the lens.
For photos which must be taken in silence and without flash, this lens is highly recommended. For travelers, it will be a nice companion and it will deliver premium photos. If we neglect the weight, there are no issues with it.