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Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USM 35mm Zoom

2.67 star rating
                      2.67 / 5 (45 Reviews)
MSRP : $250.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length28mm - 80mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/5.6
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance15 in
    Picture Angle25 - 65 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size58 mm
    Groups / Elements10 Elements in 10 Groups
    Diameter2.6 in
    Length2.8 in
    Weight7.8 oz
    Product ID25898328

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mitigusu2004 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2009

Strengths:    small light big range of focal length. good colours sharp in good light, portable, resistant to cold and hot weather

Weaknesses:    little light and not balancing the camera, if you use a heavier camera.

Bottom Line:   
nice lens, good colours
i used it extensively in all conditions, silent, fast focusing, who cares if it is small and light who buys a lens to put it in the treasure vault, the essential is to buy the low investment lens and get the same results as with a very expensive lens. i used it also with film cameras and also digital.

who say it is a very bad lens, should try to change its field of activities because the fotography is not their domain.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Japan

Similar Products Used:   tamron 24 - 80, sony 18 -70, canon 50, f1.8

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gaspar a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2008

Strengths:    Colour rendition
Zoom range

Weaknesses:    Cheap build
Slowish autofocus (not the slowest though)
Slow f number

Bottom Line:   
I bought this together with a Canon 500 in cash converters. My version is III made in Japan if that helps. I just now scanning some kodak portra I shot with this set up and am amazed with the results. Colour rendition is fantastic and decent sharpness. I use voigtlander lenses all the time which are well regarded as well as zuikos OM and this lens its holding it's ground well. And for the record I shot almost all shots wide open because I was doing portraits.
OK its not as sharp as the prime lenses and surely not as fast but the zoom range is perfect for what I do- people and wide angle-
I have not tried L lenses but this lens certainly gave me satisfying results.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Cash converters

Similar Products Used:   Nikon 18-55mm kit lens
Nikon 50mm f1.8
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.5
Zuiko 85mm f2
Tamron 90 mm sp f2.5
Many other Zuikos

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by marty01_uk a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2005

Strengths:    Cheap
Quiet quick focusing

Weaknesses:    Image quality not that good
cheap plastic and flimsy
not as good as the mark 1

Bottom Line:   
The very first 28-80 usm was fantastic then they ruined the mk2,They should all have just about stopped working by now.Then they have improved them slightly each mark after that.True its not an l glass lens but how many of these could you buy for the price of the 28-70L lense? Its ok for people just starting out.It takes a decent quality pic at f8+ and the contrast isn't bad and it is very light especially with a eos 500 or 300 body

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   canon sigma tokina tamron consumer and pro lines

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Curtis Holland a Casual from Denton, Texas

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2003

Strengths:    * Fast AF
* Optics, resolutions
* Size and weight (makes for easy hand held use)
* Good for beginners, casual photographers
* Inexpensive
* Good choice to learn with

Weaknesses:    * Will be found to be limiting as skills improve and develop.

Bottom Line:   
This lens isn't as bad as some reviewers have made it out to be. No, it's not an "L" lens. Nor is it comparable to an "ATX". This is lens was not designed with the pro in mind. It's a consumer grade lens designed with the beginning photographer in mind.

The lens does have a little distortion at one end or another. However, I haven't had any problems with it in my pictures, where it counts.

It has a fast and quiet AF.

This lens had surprisingly good resolution. I've gotten good results with enlargements taken with Kodak Max 400. My prints have come back clear and sharp.

The lens is small and light. This makes the lens easy to carry and takes little space in the camera bag. It also makes for easy hand held use.

Again, this is not designed for the pro. The pro or serious ameteur will not be satisfied with this lens. It was designed with the beginner in mind. The beginner will be at least content with it as he/she learns basic photography. Another lens with a longer focal range and/or larger apetures will be desired later. As one's skills develop and improve, you'll find the lens limiting. But for now it will server its user in mind just fine.

These days, you can get Canon's 28-90 for not much more. If I'm correct, Canon is now (or will be soon) introducing a 28-105 lens as its kit or stock lens.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Pentax f/1.4
Sigma 28-200 Hyperzoom DL

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by analogueWay a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2003

Strengths:    Light
good minimum focusing distance
holds its own against a 28-70 f/2.8 L
great for beginners through intermediate photographers
quick, accurate focus

Weaknesses:    plasit build (though, haven't had a problem)
distortion (though, not bad)
vignetting (though, not bad)
lacking f/2.8
end of barrel rotates (not good for polarizing or gradient filters)

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of the Mk II version of this lens. My virtual reality research group recently purchased a very nice Canon D60 with a Canon 28-70L lens. Out of curiosity, I did come comparison shots with my cheap 28-80 zoom and the nice L lens. Honestly, it was hard to tell the difference. The L is (of course) a better lens, but with the 28-80 stopped down to at least f/8, it was very, very hard to see a difference in sharpness (even at f/3.5 or f/5.6, though, it was a close call). In fact, in a few double-blind tests my wife (who is also a photographer) and I could not see the difference between the two. Now, I didn't compare distortion, so that is still a factor. Colors came out differently between the two as well. The cheap lens produced slightly warmer colors in several situations. This had the effect of making the photos more attractive, however. The cheap lens has a smaller mininum focusing distance (38cm versus 50cm for the L lens). It also is much, much smaller and lighter. You shouldn't necessarily compare a consumer lens with a professional lens, but I couldn't resist. What can I say? This lens came with my cheap Canon EOS300 kit, and it holds its own. The L lens is better, but for a non-professional, is it $1500 better?

Now that I have improved as a photographer, I am wishing that I had a slightly better lens, but the light weight of this one and my little comparison with the 28-70 f/2.8 L has made me hang on to it.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Canon 28-70 f/2.8 L

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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