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

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

Lens Summary

Brand: Canon

Also Known As: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Canon EF-S

Release Date: 1992-01-01

MSRP Price: N/A

Made in: Japan

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: The Canon EF 28-105 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 USM is one of the best low-end zoom lenses for Canon EOS film and SRL cameras. rnrnIt allows you to shoot close-up portraits and take close-ups of subjects from a distance of 50 cm. rnrnThe lenses come black, equipped with multilayer coating to provide high contrast and nice color rendering.rnrnThe lens features good sharpness at maximum aperture settings, and from f/7.1 onward it is very sharp.rnrnThe Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is useful for the most types of photography.

Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length28-105mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Canon EF-S
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm SLR
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio3.75x
Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/3.5-f/4.5
Minimum Aperturef/22
Optical Information
Lens Elements15
Lens Groups12
Diaphragm Blades5
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
UltraSonic Motor (USM)Yes
Minimum Focus Distance0.5m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size58mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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Tom Perry

There are several versions of this lens – the one to avoid is the plastic and slightly slower F/4-5.6 (pictured).

Ken Rockwell goes into great detail on this lens, and reviews elsewhere show it as a middling to good performer. I echo the many opinions out there – if you are comparing this to L lens equivalents, there is no real comparison – the 24-105 L and descendants crush this lens. IS and half a stop of light at the far end while maintaining sharpness mean the 24-105 L is a much better lens overall. But it is heavy in comparison.

The EF 28-135 IS 3.5-5.6 is another competitor, and the zoom range and IS make it useful for getting shots, even if optically it is somewhat mundane at best. The 28-105 lens outperforms it optically, however – it is a sharper lens, with better bokeh at the far end. It has significantly less distortion at the near end, and focuses faster. The build quality is better on the 28-105, and it is smaller too. It handles bright light better, although it is still poor in that regard.

I suppose money talks – this lens has held its value well, while the 28-135 has gradually dropped in price. This is a good everyday lens that delivers the goods. There’s not a lot more to it.