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How about a new 28-135mm?
« on: April 29, 2013, 04:54:57 PM »
With all this talk of new lenses...  How about a new 28-135mm?  I use this lens ALL THE TIME for events and walking about.  It's nice that I can get some nice landcape shots and still use it for some close-ups of various people and items.

The 24-105mm f4 L is really nice, but it doesn't have enough reach and it's f4...  f2.8 would have to be the absolute minimum... 

For retail of $400, the 28-135mm is a REALLY nice lens.  While maybe not the sharpest, certainly versatile and good image characteristics.  Canon, how about dropping the 24-105, beefing up the 28-135 and putting some L glass in there with a f2.8-4?
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How about a new 28-135mm?
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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013, 05:16:23 PM »
I prefer 24mm over 28mm to sacrifice the 135mm length. The 28-135mm is a pretty duff lens and never liked mine enough to use it over my primes. To upgrade it would make it much more expensive than the budget lens it is.

Personally, a F/2.8 24-105L IS would be preferred in my uses.

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 06:01:26 PM »
Primes just aren't as useful as a zoom in groups and events.  There will be plenty of times when you are in-between focal distances.  Sure you can crop at the high end but then you lose some picture quality.  Three camera's?  Um, no.  I may use two for a 50mm and a zoom...
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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2013, 06:50:17 PM »
not good for more than 10 megapixel my pov
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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2013, 07:38:33 PM »
The 28-135 is not wide enough for crop or FF, but is cheap to make.  It does not have a wide aperture either.  The 24-105 blows it away, why make a more expensive lens that few photographers would buy?

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2013, 07:40:27 PM »
I got my copy of this lens for $250 and it was a great deal.  It's been great for me as a general purpose lens.  I borrowed a friend's 24-105L and didn't see $600 of difference.  Although the extra 4mm on the wide end is nice for landscapes, group shots, etc.

I would definitely be interested in an updated version, but wouldn't count on it.  And yes it would not be the great deal that it is now if it was upgraded  :P

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2013, 08:52:13 PM »
I used the 28-135 before I purchased a 5D3 with a 24-105. I did some test shots with both lenses and was surprised how similiar they were. Except at the wide end, where the 28-135 was clearly weaker. But otherwise I liked it very much in terms of sharpness and colour. But of course, the build quality is not comparable-and I appreciate very much the possibility to go out taking pictures when the weather gets rough. But I admit I miss the extra reach of the 28-135 at the long end..So, I would be interested in an upgrade.

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2013, 09:11:44 PM »
I like the 28-135 range also. It is not in my gear list, but i still own one and have taken many photos that i am happy with. Maybe Canon could make a 24-135L with is and sealed. Probably not, since so many already like the 24-105L.

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2013, 10:52:30 PM »
Ah yes, the 28-135. I had one back in the film days and it was kind of useful in events environments. My first DSLR, a Canon D30 (not to be confused with the Canon EOS 30D, released in 2006) accepted the lens pretty well but when I went the FF 1Ds in late 2002 I eBayed the lens almost immediately as the FF sensor absolutely punished this lens.

Yet the 28-135 has soldiered on for another decade of mediocrity. It's relevance was overshadowed by the  24-105 introduced in 2005. I guess the update I'd like to see would take the form of an f/4 L24-135is as an update to both the 28-135 and the 24-105.

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2013, 11:49:32 PM »
Primes just aren't as useful as a zoom in groups and events.  There will be plenty of times when you are in-between focal distances.  Sure you can crop at the high end but then you lose some picture quality.  Three camera's?  Um, no.  I may use two for a 50mm and a zoom...

I'm simply saying that the IQ wasn't up to par on the 28-135mm. It's IQ wasn't enough that I never used it much over cheaper primes. Then again, I've shoot pretty much prime exclusive since my minolta maxxum AF. I really don't like the 28-135 but I like my 24-105L.

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2013, 04:57:51 AM »
I rented the 24-105 and didn't notice much of an improvement over the 28-135.  The 24-105 is definitely better made.   At the minimum, these lenses are 8 years old... 
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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2013, 06:06:52 AM »
Optically the 24-105mm is better, especially at larger apertures. F4 throughout the Zoom range is much more useful than 3.5-5.6 especially at the long end. It quickly moves from 3.5-5.6 so you loose light and variable aperture lenses are just a pain. 24mm is much more of a big deal than 135mm on the longer end for me. Easier to have a 70-200mm which I always keep with me.

Also the 24-105mm is weather sealed and built like a brick in comparison. I never saw the value in the 28-135mm it was rubbish on crop because its like 38mm on the wide end and on FF the IQ isnt good enough. Value wise.. if your on a budget fair enough but its pointless adding a high quality body to a poor lens, better off buying a crop camera and a better lens.

As for upgrading it I would prefer Canon spent R&D time on an upgrade to the 24-105mm maybe to 24-135mm F4 L  that will sell like hot cakes. If they made a 2.8 version of that...  :o that would be the perfect walk around. But they would never do it.. as it will make 3-4 lenses irrelevant, so il keep dreaming.

In fact im surprised they are still making the 28-135mm.
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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2013, 06:27:47 AM »
Yes, I want this. Consumer (not budget or L) level lens 24-135 f/2.8-4 IS USM retailing for 699$. Make it so.

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2013, 06:32:07 AM »
I  guess the update I'd like to see would take the form of an f/4 L24-135is as an update to both the 28-135 and the 24-105.

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f/2.8 would be even better, but as Tom Scott pointed out, Canon would never do this since it would make several of their top selling lenses obsolete.  Also, it would be incredibly expensive :o
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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2013, 08:15:26 AM »
That would be my dream lens.

I come from 7D + 15-85mm, and it was my ideal focal length range. Now I switched to FF (5D3), getting enormous improvements on low light that I really needed, but I'm always swapping 24-70 with 70-200 (that I rarely use at full extension).

A 24-135mm would perfectly cover like the 15-85mm did on APS-C (it would be enough 28-135 in my case)... To me it would be also enough f/4, fair quality (not necessarily super-sharp) with updated IS. I could afford the weight, and I could pay up to 1500$.

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Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
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