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Picked me up a 28-135 USM/IS to use as my walkaround for under $200.

It's no L lens, but for someone who's been casual about taking pics lately, it's a big step up from the 18-55 kit lens. Color me excited.

And yes, I may be potentially inebriated, but I dont possibly see how that's related.
Edited by MistaBernie - 2/4/11 at 7:15pm
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I like everything about that post. I've actually been considering that lens, but I still can't ever find a zoom that I like. I'll be heading to Calumet tomorrow to test it out I think, and also to flirt with this girl who works there.
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I like everything about that post. I've actually been considering that lens, but I still can't ever find a zoom that I like. I'll be heading to Calumet tomorrow to test it out I think, and also to flirt with this girl who works there.
I absolutely love it. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it, but I did some prelim shots with it, and it's just about everything I could ask for. Great close range stuff and just enough zoom to make it worth my while.

Do yourself a favor, and keep your eye out for Craigslisters selling it used. If you do have to buy it new, I found it new as cheap as $325 shipped on eBay.

Also, I dont know why, but there's something damn sexy about 72mm, pristine glass. Just sayin'.
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Haha. That's the way I feel about my 85mm f/1.8 -- it's an absolute joy to twist on and shoot the day away. Zooms just... I dunno. They don't feel right, and I always end up taking too many lazy, poorly composed shots because of them.
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Congrats on the find Sounds like me when I first picked it up. I moved from a Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 lens that came with my XTi to the 28-135, and boy, is USM sweet! You can tell from my sig that since then I can't use non-USM glass anymore It's a pretty sweet lens; the only reason I let mine go is because I got so used to prime lenses that I couldn't use zooms anymore.

Congrats on your purchase!

And @Sub50hz: Besides the 28-135mm, some other popular zoom lenses are the 17-85mm, 15-85mm, 17-55mm, and 24-70mm in ascending order of both quality and cost

Personally, the 28-135mm is my favorite for bang/buck, whereas the 17-55mm/24-70mm are my favorite for quality. I had the good fortune to borrow my friends' and fell in love with the glass
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word.

you're my new best friend (for the rest of the night). If I forget you tomorrow, blame my friend Jack.
It's ok, I discovered I had left a sizeable assortment of Three Floyds goodies in the fridge downstairs.
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And @Sub50hz: Besides the 28-135mm, some other popular zoom lenses are the 17-85mm, 15-85mm, 17-55mm, and 24-70mm in ascending order of both quality and cost
Cool. Sadly, I have nearly all of those ranges covered with primes, so no need to buy into the zooms. However, that Sigma 10-20 looks mighty attractive for some reason. Do beer goggles take effect with camera gear? I hope not, or I'm going to wake up with a case of sore wallet.
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Congrats on the find Sounds like me when I first picked it up. I moved from a Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 lens that came with my XTi to the 28-135, and boy, is USM sweet! You can tell from my sig that since then I can't use non-USM glass anymore It's a pretty sweet lens; the only reason I let mine go is because I got so used to prime lenses that I couldn't use zooms anymore.

Congrats on your purchase!

And @Sub50hz: Besides the 28-135mm, some other popular zoom lenses are the 17-85mm, 15-85mm, 17-55mm, and 24-70mm in ascending order of both quality and cost

Personally, the 28-135mm is my favorite for bang/buck, whereas the 17-55mm/24-70mm are my favorite for quality. I had the good fortune to borrow my friends' and fell in love with the glass
If sub50hz really doesn't like zooms but wants a little variation, he could always go with the 17-40 f/4L series as well, but that's a bit more costly.

I've actually got an ad up here in the Other Tech section looking for reasonably priced 70-200 f/4L USM glass here (and I check POTN occasionally now too) but that's probably going to be an 'after we process potential wedding money' purchase in May/June. For now, I can just look forward to bringing my 28-135 to Aruba and getting some sweet dang photos.

Thanks Re1ncarnat3d

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Cool. Sadly, I have nearly all of those ranges covered with primes, so no need to buy into the zooms. However, that Sigma 10-20 looks mighty attractive for some reason. Do beer goggles take effect with camera gear? I hope not, or I'm going to wake up with a case of sore wallet.
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Cool. Sadly, I have nearly all of those ranges covered with primes, so no need to buy into the zooms. However, that Sigma 10-20 looks mighty attractive for some reason. Do beer goggles take effect with camera gear? I hope not, or I'm going to wake up with a case of sore wallet.
Yea, I have the same idea with my camera gear too. I'm planning to get an 85mm f/1.8 to finish up my trio of primes and beyond that, don't think I'd need any other zooms besides an EF-S 10-22mm.

Personally, I love shooting primes. I originally started shooting exclusively with the nifty to work on my composition. What ended up happening was that I got so used to it, I ended up moving myself with a zoom lens instead of simply zooming in and out.

And yes, beer goggles do work with camera gear as well. It's alright though, it's much better to take a 10-22mm home than a loose woman or a Snuggie bought via late night television


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Originally Posted by MistaBernie View Post
If sub50hz really doesn't like zooms but wants a little variation, he could always go with the 17-40 f/4L series as well, but that's a bit more costly.

I've actually got an ad up here in the Other Tech section looking for reasonably priced 70-200 f/4L USM glass here (and I check POTN occasionally now too) but that's probably going to be an 'after we process potential wedding money' purchase in May/June. For now, I can just look forward to bringing my 28-135 to Aruba and getting some sweet dang photos.

Thanks Re1ncarnat3d
YW That lens will serve you well. Before I got rid of mine, I got some nice shots with it from a Santa Cruz vacation I took with my parents + brother, as well as some day trips with my friends. Good IQ for the money, great focal length coverage, and as always, USM
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