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Your thoughts on the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM lens

March411
Rising Star

Does anyone have experience with this lens, owned or used one. I want a full frame in this zoom range and love the of versatility of the lens. I own one in this range but it is APS-C so I'm unable to use it on my 5d M4 and when I go MILC I would like it to crossover if possible. Anyone's experience with this on a MILC would be great.

 

 



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Tronhard
Elite
Elite

I got my EF 28-300L IS USM back in about 2011.  It was second-hand but in good condition.  The lens is the one of the super zooms that Canon brought out for their L series, if I recall correctly there was there was a 35-300 and one other.  It is built like a proverbial tank, all-metal, heavy and with great optics, especially considering the range across which it was designed to perform.  I am not a huge fan of push-pull lenses, but that was how that generation of lenses was designed: I had another lens from that era, the EF 100-400L IS USM that was also good for its time, but again push-pull.
I found the resolution to be excellent on my copy, and it focused very quickly, with good IS.  It had a beautiful colour tonal quality about the images, one that I found only on a select few of the L-series lenses.   It was with regret that I sold it last year to help fund my move across to RF optics, but I was downsizing my menagerie of DSLR bodies and lenses as I just had too many and having had a heart attack, I was suddenly aware of how much challenge a huge amount of legacy gear would put upon my family (who are not into photography) to deal with when I go.  So, it sold.
I can only relate my own experience, but it was very, very positive.

The following image may indicated what I mean about the tonal quality.  This was taken on an early morning walk, with the 400D (Rebel Xti), hand-held, available light.   It is a memorial very close to where I lived on Vancouver Island to celebrate the life of a very brave young man, Terry Fox: Learn about Terry Fox.  His life is commemorated in many statues and annual marathons across the county. Canon EOS 400D, EF 28-300L@97mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO-800Canon EOS 400D, EF 28-300L@97mm, f/8, 1/500sec, ISO-800

I hope this is of some assistance.


cheers, TREVOR

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"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
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ebiggs1
Legend
Legend

If the weight and the price are not too much for you, its a decent lens not a great lens. I had the opportunity to get one  about 10 years ago and passed on it. So personally I would not buy one. Today you have better choices.

The lens has a push-pull type zoom mechanism which some feel is not good.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!

March411
Rising Star

Trevor, thanks for the recommendation on the RF 24-240mm. I went out today and put my hands on both the R6 MII and the R5 with a host of my lenses and a couple of their rentals. I love my Sigma 18-300mm for my APS-C bodies but the 24-240mm was pretty impressive at $900. And it weighs almost nothing compared to some of the lenses I own in the same range.

Most appreciated sir.

And today's road trip pushed me closer to the R6 MII, the AF tracking was incredible compared to my 90D and 5D Mark IV. 



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Glad you are getting the results that you are aiming for.  The tracking and IBIS were both big reasons for me to move to the R-series platform.

I am a fan of both versions of the R6, I must admit, which is why I kept my first two, even when I got the MkII.  Of course, much depends on what one shoots and produces, but for my own purposes this is absolutely adequate.

I was absolutely taken with the RF 24-240USM, I really only keep the RF 24-105 f/4 for the rare occasions when I need to shoot indoors or in otherwise dim conditions, but I really don't see much difference in the optical quality when both lenses get enough light, and the reach is fantastic.  If I put it on my R5 in 1.6 crop mode I get an equivalent focal range of 38-384 and the images still look OK at just over 17MP.  For me, it's a keeper and I don't regret giving up my legacy 28-300L.


cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
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