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

Last updated (13 December’11):
– Review by Photozone

The Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM features 28-105mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5. The lens construction has 15 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 to 23 degrees (at 30 feet). Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance at 1.6 feet and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens weighs 13.2 ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter, 3 inches long.

Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

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

Photozone reviews the Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM and writes;
“The lens shows slight barrel distortions at 28mm changing to slight pincushion distortions at the long end. At around 40mm the level of distortions is negligible. The EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is fairly unexciting regarding resolution. The center performance is decent throughout the range whereas the corners perform a little worse as usual – stopping down by 1 f-stop may be a good idea here.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM and writes;
“This is probably the best consumer-grade zoom available for the Canon EOS mount. Image quality is excellent for the price, and it’s solidly built. Contrast and sharpness are quite good throughout the zoom range. I’m not equipped to perform critical sharpness tests, but slide images under a 4x and 8x loupe and projected big (30″ wide) on a screen look razor-sharp.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM and writes;
“At f/5.6, images across the under-70mm focal length range are sharp and at f/8, images are even sharper right into the corners. At 70mm, corners are not bad at f/8, but at 105mm, even 1.6x corners are quite soft. If you consider this a 28-70mm f/4.0-4.5 lens, you will be happier. “
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User Opinions

Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM User Reviews

Excellent for its price | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have to say I am impressed with Canon’s USM system… and a relatively fast auto focus. I havent had a single time when the subjet was out of focus because of the len’s mistake. It is pretty sharp around f5.6 all through the focal range.. mostly within 28-80mm range. “ – by Prash Chopra

What a great Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“My pictures have come out sharp, and with excellent color. I appreciate how easy it is to use the manual zoom and the speed of the auto focus is really wonderful. To take close up photos, I just set the camera on the close-up setting, look for my subject, set the zoom, make sure I am 18 inches from the subject, depress the shutter half way and wow – the auto focus is amazing on the subject and the background has just the right amount of blur.” – by No Name Available

Great next step | Rating: ★★★★☆
“this is the lens to get for the first upgrade from the kit lens. It works great as an every day lens, giving up only a little at the wide end compared to the kit lens, but capable of far sharper, brighter images everywhere. For the money you can’t beat it.” – by M. Kane

Amazing addition for the price | Rating: ★★★★☆
“While this is obviously not an L lens, it still has great quality for the price. The auto-focus is second to none in most situations and the pictures are very crisp. It is extremely well constructed, and if your on a budget like me, is the best lens to upgrade from the basic 18-55mm lens. “ – by Jeremiah D. Trombly

Nice all-around zoom lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this lens as a step-up from the kit lens on my Canon Rebel XTI. I needed the extra distance it offers. It works great for my purposes and the price is definitely right. The USM motor is a great feature. The AF is pretty good and it’s not too bulky. There is no IS, but that has not been a problem for me. “ – by S. Lauber

Great value lens with good quality | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Granted, this is not an “L” lens, but at this price I wouldn’t expect that. Also, if you have shaky hands or take a lot of photos in low light this may not be the right lens for you. It might be worth looking into the 55-250 IS. In decent light this lens takes beautiful photos, and I’ve had many successful results with it. It is great outdoors (I recommend purchasing a lens hood).” – by A. Pacheco

An excellent sleeper lense! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I needed an excellent compact zoom lense which would give me more reach than what I already had, Tamron 28-75 f2.8, because I often found myself too far away on one boulder while the model was on another. Well, the Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5 lense fulfills this purpose. Even though it’s slower, I still get good DOF (depth of field) and the speed hasn’t been a problem; of course, that would not be the case if one was using this lense in low light situations. Not only that, but I’ve noticed that it, on the average, gives sharper pictures than my Tamron lense.” – by J. Rios

EF 28-105 Great all around lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“As far as image quality, set it to f8 and it’s sharp as a tack, especially in the center. At f4.5 at 105m the edges do get soft, but with a pretty nice bokeh. At 105, I’d even stop down to f11 and it’s really sharp (just check out picks of my cat maggie and a bluejay spotted in the back yard added to the gallery of this lens – both at 105mm, f4.5 and f8 respectively). “ – by cosper11

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Features & Specifications

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

The Canon EF 28-105mm standard zoom lens retains the optical capability of Canon’s previous EF 28-105mm USM lens but with a refined exterior design. The lens is distinguished by a ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) drive that provides silent, high-speed autofocusing, along with full-time manual focusing. The 1.6-foot close-focusing distance, meanwhile, lets you take great close-up portraits and nature shots. A good match for the Canon EOS A2/A2e or ELAN 7 series cameras with built-in flashes, the EF 28-105mm lens is an excellent zoom lens for everyday use. The lens carries a one-year warranty.


* Focal length: 28-105mm
* Maximum aperture: 1:3.5-4.5
* Lens construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 75 to 23 degrees (at 30 feet)
* Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
* Closest focusing distance: 1.6 feet
* Zoom system: Rotating type
* Filter size: 58mm
* Dimensions: 2.8 inches in diameter, 3 inches long
* Weight: 13.2 ounces

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