Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 III

Last updated (19 September’11):

The Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 III features 28-90mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/4-5.6. The lens construction has 10 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. Focus adjustment: Front-focusing method, Closest focusing distance at 0.38m/1.25 ft and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 III lens weighs 6.7 Ounces and it measures 2.6 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 III
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

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User Opinions

Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 III User Reviews

Great starter lens. | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is a great value. feels well constructed, opitical quality is good(could be better but not for the price range). It’s great for beginers or amatuers. Used the lens for about 1 year and had no problems with it. great range, 28mm is very wide on 35mm format cameras. great walk around lens. “ – by Elijah Sheffler

I love this lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love this lens and infact it has been on my Xti most over the others I have (50mm,75-300mm and the lens kit 18-55mm. It was well worth the $105.00 and for that price..” – by Lora A. Strazinsky

Pretty good | Rating: ★★★★☆
“After having this lens for a while, I’m getting a little frustrated with the range and the iris. 28mm is not bad, but going out to 90 is often times close but not enough. If I could “do it again” i’d have sprung for a more telephoto lens. I still stand by the idea that the lens is good for beginners maybe marginally better than the “kit” 18-55mm lens, but again, you’ll look to change it up soon after.. “ – by Mr. Ben

So far so good | Rating: ★★★★★
“its very lightweight, which is nice on the old Film-based Canon body. I have an EOS7 that weighs a ton. the lens is very sharp and I love the wide angle it gives. As this comes with a nice zoom to boot, I think I’m going to enjoy using it for a long time.” – by Adi Hakkert

Nice addition to my hobby photo kit! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens was cheap and takes great shots. I am sure something with better glass and stabilization would be better, but for the price I am 100% satisfied. The lens is compact and I have taken several hundred city-scape shots as well as several hundred sports action shots with awesome results.” – by Christopher J. Livengood

Great Performance | Rating: ★★★★★
“Cannon is undoubtedly making the best digital cameras and lenses in the business. Shots are crystal clear. The zoom is easy to use and dynamic in function. “ – by John B. Kernan Jr

Better Than Expected | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this lense. A little tight on zooming, but better than too loose. Optics pretty good at most ranges and fairly sharp. Good at macro and sharp if stable. For someone on a budget this is a very good 28-90mm zoom lense.” – by Jim Darnall

Good Value | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It’s not fancy, but for the price its a good value. I find its a little stiff, but the photo quality is fine. “ – by L. Ewert

3.5 Stars | Rating: ★★★★☆
“In general I think that this lense is an excellent walk around lense that offers an adequate range for most individuals. I have used this lense on both an EOS Rebel K2 (kit lens for this camera) and a 30D (I only got the body). Of course, the 30D will easily out perform this lense and with the K2.” – by Jacob P. Lavender

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 III Features & Specifications

Standard zoom lens with the same optical system construction and
exterior as the EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USM. The difference is that
it uses a DC motor instead of a USM to drive the AF.
Compact lightweight high-performance wide standard zoom lens.
Quiet AF with DC motor and rubber belt-drive system.
Excellent image quality at an affordable price.
Environment-friendly lead-free optical glass system


Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 20-80mm 1:3.5-5.6
Lens Construction : 10 elements in 10 groups
Diagonal Angle of View : 65 degrees – 25 degrees
Focus Adjustment : Front group rotating system with Micromotor
Closest Focusing Distance : 0.38m/1.25 ft.
Zoom System : Rotating type
Filter Size : 58mm
Max. Diameter x Length Weight : 2.6″ x 2.8″ 7.8 oz.

One Response to “Canon EF 28-90mm F/4-5.6 III”

  1. Michael McGrath says:

    I simply cannot understand all the bad remarks about this lens .

    As a Pro Photographer I was faced with taking family portraits with the Bishop fast, and I mean fast , after Confirmation ceremonies , you don’t get a second, hardly to breathe when they start queuing up , early on I had to abandon my Bronica SQA , my Mamiya 645 , my Nikon N90S , all eleven of of my Pro / Prosumer cameras , to keep up with the job ( Three of my DSLRs too as Digital does not suit large print jobs like this, even my Fuji S Pro or Sony Alpha ) .

    I tried my old Canons 620 and 300V , both with this lens , and , voila , they turned out to be the fastest handling and focusing of all my cameras and lenses !

    As a Pro you work with what is best for the job , and I found the Canon 28-90 to be the fastest for this particular job which earns me about 6,5oo EURO a year , not to be sneezed at in the present economic circumstances( I also get weddfings as a result of the fab colour it produces from many of the families concerned through the years ) .

    Then roll on the First Holy Communions and all ther little tots and more money from the Canon 28-90 rolling in , about 3,500 Euro , making a tidy sum of 10,000 EURO every year pn Confo’s and Communions alone , that’s the way a Pro works in Ireland, fast and hard !

    And I reckon top Pro’s like David Bailey would use something similar if faced with the same situation of taking 30 10X8 enlargements in a frantic rush inside an hour , posing the families , finding out what each wants , taking their names ( and cash ! ) and shooting !!!

    And so it’s plastic , so what , it does the job , and in my hands always to perfection , it has never let me down on that job over five years now . So it’s light , all the better, so it’s cheap , God forbid !

    But I am convinced that it must be amongst the fastest – focusing Canon lenses you can get , and that’s what I need on this particular job .

    Back in 1966 my fellow Nikon-wielding Press Pro’s laughed at me for using a Pentax Spotmatic and SMC Takumar lens for press wortk , now they know why !!!

    It’s great for outdoor portraiture , the 28-90 in my vast experience of it , delivers great colour , contrast and resolution on the job , and . I don’t care if it breaks , I have another one backing up , and now , thanks to all the propaganda , it only costs me 30 Euro on ebay to replace .

    John Lennon used to do the same with the harmonicas he played on stage and in studio with the Beatles , buy cheapo ones , dump them , and buy more cheaps all the time .

    Seriously , from experience of turning out lovely 10X8 colour enlargements all the time with this lens from Reala and Superia film , I am con vinced that it deserves a nuch higher rating amongst its peers .

    Yes I probably prefer my Canon 28-70 ( not L ) , but I don’t risk it out there amongst all the pushing and shoving , the Canon 28-90 is the perfect lens for the scrum , use it , toss it , buy another and another .

    But for the amateur ( meaning not doing it for the money ) the Canon 28-90 lens is as good as anybody will need and should last years .

    Therefore I give it a rating on the job of 5 out of 5 , I’d give it 6 out of 5 if I could , especially after all the money it makes me !!!

    Hey , wait a minute , maybe they’re all running this fab little lens down deliberately so it will be cheaper on ebay?

    Michael .

    Michael McGrath
    The Studio
    Kilkenny City

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