Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM was first announced at PMA 2004 as a replacement for the Canon EF 35-350mm /3.5-5.6L IS USM lens. The lens has very similar size and shape with its predecessor, with dimensions of 92mm dia. x 184mm (max. length 257.2mm) and weighing around 1670g, sure you’ll need more energy to carry this lens around. The 28-300mm is equipped with third generation Image Stabilizer which reduces vibration as much as 3 stops, allowing hand holding of long lenses at much lower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible.


>> REVIEWS (last update: 30.04.06)

Photozone reviewed the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and wrote;
“The optical quality is on a very high though not exceptional level. The resolution figures are generally very good without any major flaws. Vignetting, CAs and even distortions are very well under control. The build quality is exceptional though some may not like the push-pull zoom design… Unfortunately the lens is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution on APS-C DSLRs but nonetheless it remains an interesting lens for lots of applications. So if you can live with its limitations and the price tag it is surely worth a deeper look!”

LuminousLandscape reviewed the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and wrote;
“It’s big, it’s heavy and it’s expensive. All aspects of performance at the wide end of the lens’ focal range are modest, though it improves to quite decent levels at mid and long focal lengths. I am certain that there are photographers who will find that this lens’ performance meets their needs, and for whom its physical and financial challenges are acceptable. But for many photographers two separate high quality zoom lens may well prove to be a preferable solution.”

TheDigitalPicture reviewed the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and wrote;
“If the weight and the price are not too much for you, the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens makes a fine option when … You can (or want) to take only one lens with you. You are not able to change lenses fast enough to catch a subject that needs the full focal length range. Environmental issues (dust, salt water spray …) prevent you from changing lenses. Or you just want the convenience. Otherwise, you can expect to get somewhat better image quality with the lighter (not combined) and much faster Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens combination.”


- Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Sample Photos posted @ Photozone
- Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Sample Photos posted @ Pbase
- Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM VS. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 VS. Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L VS Canon 100-400mm L IS VS Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS VS Canon 300mm f/2.8L Sample Photos posted @ Fotki


Focal Length & Max. Aperture: 28-300mm 1:3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter: 77mm
Magnification with Extension Tube EF12 II: 0.39x – 0.04x (at tele)
Magnification with Extension Tube EF25 II: o.50x – 0.09x (tele only)
Diagonal Angle of View: 75° – 8° 15′ (43.2mm)
Horizontal Angle of View: 65° – 6° 50′ (36mm)
Lens construction: 22 elements in 16 groups
Minimum aperture: f/22-38 (f/22-40 for cameras featuring 1/3-stop increments also)
No. of aperture blades: 8 (circular aperture)
Closest focusing distance (m): 0.7m
Focus drive: Ring USM
Dimensions: 92mm dia. x 184mm (max. length 257.2mm)
Weight: 1670g


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