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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and portability are overall positive. The color and responsiveness get negative comments, and there are some mixed comments about the optics and focus.

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On average, users rate this product 53/100.

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

 

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...

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

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

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

 

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....

Colour rendition Zoom range Portable

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

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

 

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...

Cheap lightweight Quiet quick focusing

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

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

 

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...

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

Will be found to be limiting as skills improve and develop.

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

 

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....

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

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)

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

 

This is a good lens if used within it's limitations. Stop it down to at least f8, 1/film speed for the shutter, or a stable tripod, avoid flare situations, and you will get sharp, relativly contrasty pictures. Many slam this lens as a cheap "Kit" lens,...

Light, sharp, and inexpensive.

As with all zooms, it is prone to flar, and some what reduced contrast.

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

 

Gosh you people dont know what are you talking about!This lens is a CONSUMER lens NOT AN "L" LENS!And it is very stupid to compare it with one of these.Yes,it has pincushion within the whole range,yes,it is not very solid,but it IS constrasty and it IS...

CONTRASTY,SHARP,FAST and SILENT and LIGHT,very LIGHT!And also-focuses realy close!

Some pincushion appears but its not that bad.Feels a little cheesy,and the MF-ring is loose

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

 

I got this lens with my Elan 7 camera, and was almost afraid to use it after reading all the comments slamming it. But took it on a trip and came back with some outstanding pictures. Very sharp and colorful. I am at a loss to see what these naysayers...

Reasonable cost, and sharp photos. Focuses fast and quiet as a mouse!

Very plasticy, and plastic lens mount. The zoom control is slightly rough sounding.

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

 

SHARPNESS - this is the feature this lens lacks the most. And contrast too. It could be acceptable for beginners who just threw their compact cameras. But - as other advise - better buy only the body and other better, sharper lens.

Quite OK for beginners, only for beginners, absolute beginners. This is the only pro I can think of. With this piece of lens you can learn about limitations and features SLR camera offers you. The more experienced you are, the more angry for the...

No sharpness at all!!! At any ''f''! The more you use it, the worse is the sharpness. Maybe when the lens is new its sharpness could be acceptable but after taking 100 rolls - it''s almost a crap, the rings are quite loosy etc. Poor contrast. Don''t be...

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

 

Bundled with Eos bodies just to provide ''a zoom outfit'' to sell. Horrible in use - plastic feel and very poor results. Do yourself a real favour - swap it for some (any) money off one of the fixed focus 50mm Canon lenses. Even the cheapest f1.8 50mm...

Looks like a lens

Looks like a plastic lens. Results will never satisfy you, and you won''t enjoy using it. Too heavy to be worth carrying and too light to act as a decent door-stop.

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