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dickgrafixstop:
I see that Nikon is pushing the 24-85mm image stablized lens with the D600 package.  Canon made
a fine 24-85mm lens that was bundled with the ill fated APS IX systems, but seems to have disappeared or discontinued.  Any reason?  I think it was too good for the price and took market share from the overpriced 24-70L.  Others have said it was "replaced" by the 28-135is.  Comments?

RS2021:

--- Quote from: dickgrafixstop on January 02, 2013, 02:01:22 PM ---I see that Nikon is pushing the 24-85mm image stablized lens with the D600 package.  Canon made
a fine 24-85mm lens that was bundled with the ill fated APS IX systems, but seems to have disappeared or discontinued.  Any reason?  I think it was too good for the price and took market share from the overpriced 24-70L.  Others have said it was "replaced" by the 28-135is.  Comments?

--- End quote ---

I wouldn't say it was too good or was bumped off so it won't compte with this that or the other...

As general purpose lenses go, this was rather a mediocre lens with harsh 6 aperture blades... Canon made several candidates in this variable aperture range (f3.5 -f4.5) and I would say the now also discontinued 28-105 USM II may arguably be an overall better performer and had 7 blades and a larger focal length range...nothing to write home about, but was inexpensive and produced decent images...

AprilForever:
The 24-105 is much more welcome than this 28 -85 length. And, they had better not get ideas about killing it for the 24-70 IS f4...

RS2021:

--- Quote from: AprilForever on January 02, 2013, 03:45:46 PM ---The 24-105 is much more welcome than this 28 -85 length. And, they had better not get ideas about killing it for the 24-70 IS f4...

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Good copies of 24-105L are gems....great all purpose lens with IS!

KyleSTL:
I think the replacement (by 28-135mm IS and 28-105mm II) is more likely what happened.  Here's the chronology of mid-level normal zooms:

EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM (1990)
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM (1991) - metal mount, Ring USM [unlike later versions]
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (1992) - metal mount, Ring USM [unlike f/4-5.6 versions]
EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM(1996)
EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (1998)
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM (2000) - metal mount, Ring USM [unlike f/4-5.6 versions]

When Canon annouced the 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, I was hoping it was going to be a competitor to the Nikkor 24-85mm VR.  Sadly it is not (based on price).  I'm sure Canon will need to come out with better full frame options for zoom lenses that are not L (and are much less than $1000 MSRP) in order to compete in the entry-level FF market.  Also disappointing is the fact there has only been 1 non-L ultra-wide zoom (EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM - 1993).  I would love for Canon to come out with 14-24mm f/2.8L, 16-35mm f/4L and a 17-40mm f/3.5-4.5 (for less than the current f/4L).

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