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10/02/2007 03:12:03 PM · #1
if i bought, the 40d, would it be worth the extra $ to get the kit lens that it comes with or should i stick with the body cause ive got the 70-200 and soon to get the 50mm.
10/02/2007 03:14:51 PM · #2
It's a decent lens and you're probably going to want SOMETHING wider than 50mm, no?
10/02/2007 03:16:20 PM · #3
ya, i dont use wide angle that much cause i shoot sports most of the time, and dont really shoot any landscapes or buildings.
10/02/2007 03:18:05 PM · #4
it's only $200 as part of the kit ... you could sell it for $350 and make a $150 profit
10/02/2007 03:20:01 PM · #5
ya, thats what i was thinking. but i duno, it might be worth the extra 200. i tried it and it seemed half way decent. not bad.
10/02/2007 03:21:21 PM · #6
oh the lens is great, i loved mine

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10/02/2007 03:33:03 PM · #7
I had one with my 10D and it was just OK. Well, maybe more like annoying. The 28mm end is not really wide enough. It's not really that sharp and there's significant distortion, esp at the wide end. The front element wiggles all over the place (it's just that way, not a flaw). The IS works, but the lens itself is slow. The IS 1st gen, so it does not have a panning mode.

I sold mine and bought a Tamron 28-75 f 2.8.
10/02/2007 05:21:12 PM · #8
ya, i really dont think the 200 is worth it. i would rather work for like a month n save up 400$ more $'s to get the 17-40 cause thats a sick lens hands down. well thanxs for your imput.

Message edited by author 2007-10-02 17:21:54.
10/03/2007 05:52:47 AM · #9
It's a pretty decent lens but as other people have mentioned, you'll probably end up longing for something to fill the wider focal lengths for dramatic landscapes, group shots, etc. Remember, the 40D has an APS-C sensor so, after taking into account the 1.6x conversion factor, the 50mm will become an 80mm and the 28mm will become 45mm.

For a general walk around lens on the 40D, I'd consider the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Canon 17-40mm f/4, or the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS.
10/03/2007 10:34:55 PM · #10
It's a good lens, built quality is decent, IQ is 7.5/10 compares to that of my EF 24-70 f/2.8L. I bought mine from beach camera for $419 and sold it after 1 year of using on Ebay for $355, with everything that came with it.

However, I want you to know that when I sold my lens, there were about 4 other copies on Ebay. I just checked Ebay and it had about 50. I'm pretty sure this is a result of the 28-135 being offered as a kit lens for the 40D. I expect the price of this lens to be lower than $350 because of the high quantity.

Get this lens if the 40D is your first EOS camera, for $200 I think it's a great value...I hope you get a good deal when selling it.
10/04/2007 12:19:31 AM · #11
One of my first lenses was a tamron 24-135 SP 3.5-5.6. I read up on all the options like that, the canon 28-135 being one of them. I opted for the tamron as it was a bit cheaper and got better reviews (sharpness mainly).

I got the 40D kit with the 28-135 lens and am now selling the tamron. Why? I don't find any issues with soft images from the 28-135 canon as the reviews have stated, and the focus is a good bit faster (being USM an all). I was pretty impressed with this lens, really.

My use for it is possibly as a one-lens walkaround solution (the main reason I got the tamron) but it's main use is as a studio lens and it's great at that!
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