Also Known As: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Lens Type: Zoom Lens
Format: Full Frame / FX
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 Type||Zoom Lens|
|Mount Type||Canon EF, Canon EF-S|
|Format||Full Frame / FX|
|Compatible Format(s)||35mm SLR|
|Compatible with Teleconverters||No|
|Image Stabilizer (Image Stabilization)||No|
|Built-in Focus Motor||Yes|
|UltraSonic Motor (USM)||Yes|
|Minimum Focus Distance||0.5m|
|Accepts Filter Type||Screw-on|
|Weather / Dust Sealing||No|
|Available in Colors||Black|
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.