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Canon 28-105mm f/iii.v-4.5

Full-Frame EF USM II



(1992-2010)



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Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Catechism EF 28-105mm f/3.5-iv.5 USM II
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Fiarie Garden, flower fields, 21 March 2013

Fairie Garden, 21 March 2013.
Canon 5D Mark III, 28-105mm at 45mm, f/ten at i/250. Original © file.

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Introduction

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The Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and USM II are lightweight, bully-handling general-purpose full-frame zooms for all Catechism EOS digital and 35mm cameras. They perform specially well on the Canon 5D Marking III, which when a lens profile is loaded, corrects for falloff and lateral color, right in the camera.

The 28-105 USM 2 is the lens most often on my 5D Mark 3 because it’s small, light, focuses instantly, and covers just the range I need for general family photos. With the 5D Mark 3’southward crazy-high ISOs, I can shoot this lens manus-held in any light. While tripod-addicts will prefer the big and heavy 24-105L or 24-70 two.eight L Two, I prefer this lens when I’one thousand chasing my kids around.

At f/four.five at the long end, this 28-105 is faster where you need it than most inexpensive zooms.

The commencement model was the 28-105 USM, sold from 1992-2000, which was replaced in 2000 by the USM II reviewed here, and made through 2010. The ii are the same optically and mechanically. They have modest cosmetic differences, and I prefer the newer II version for its 7-bladed diaphragm.

28-105 USM

28-105 USM Ii

Anni

1992-2000

2000-2010

Optics

same

same

Mechanics

aforementioned

same

Fonts

pseudo-Helvetica

pseudo-Frutiger

Exterior Finish

More glossy

Less glossy

Made in

Japan

Taiwan

Diaphragm

half-dozen blades

7 blades

With the new lateral color fringe correction in the Canon 5D Marker III, I adopt to utilize this lens for day-to-24-hour interval family photos than the bigger, clumsier and heaver 24-105mm f/four 50 IS.

This 28-105mm has swell ergonomics: I usually can zoom with 1 finger for one-handed shooting, and the grippy focus band provides instant manual-focus override.

It works fine on Canon’s 1.6x DSLRs, but its focal length range makes little sense except on full-frame. I’d use a kit lens similar the eighteen-55mm IS instead for a much more applied range on pocket-size format DSLRs.

Consider too the very similar Canon EF 24-85mm USM, which is the same matter but with a slightly shorter focal length range, slightly more baloney and sells for slightly more money.

Avoid the 28-105mm f/four-5.six. It’southward a much cheaper, slower lens with a plastic mount and no manual-focus override.

In the 1990s, this was Catechism’s about popular lens, sold along with zillions of Canon A2Es. Today, I dear it on my 5D Mark III for its ideal zoom range, keen handling, pocket-size size and weight, vii-bladed diaphragm and instantaneous autofocusing.

San Juan Capistrano Zebra Bars

Parallel Zebra Bars, San Juan Capistrano.
(Canon 5D Mark 3, Canon EF 28-105mm USM II at 105mm, f/25 at ane/l, ISO 100, 6 sharpening, +3 saturation, AUTO WB A4, and then split up-toned in Photoshop) bigger.


Compatibility and Formats

This lens is optimized for 35mm film and full-frame digital, and of course works on all i.3x and 1.6x Canon cameras.

This Catechism EF EOS 28-105mm f/iii.v-4.5


works perfectly with
every
Canon EOS photographic camera ever fabricated, significant
every
Canon DSLR and
every
Catechism autofocus 35mm photographic camera fabricated since 1987.

This means of class it works not bad on today’s 5D Mark III and Catechism 7D, but it works only equally well on my original Canon EOS 620 from 1987!

As a full-frame lens, this works on all Canon SLRs, regardless of format. As a full-frame lens, I volition be reviewing this lens on total-frame.

Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Catechism 28-105 3.5-iv.five USM II at 50mm.
enlarge.



Specifications

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Proper name

Catechism calls this the Canon ZOOM LENS EF 28-105mm f/three.v-4.five USM or USM II.

EF
ways “electronic focus,” meaning that there is an autofocus motor in the lens itself. All Canon lenses since 1987 take been EF.

ULTRASONIC and mean UltraSonic AF Motor, and then it focuses silently. You lot as well may grab the focus ring at any time for instant manual focus override.

The newer model shown hither is marked “Ii.” This newer version looks a little dissimilar on the outside and has a seven- instead of a half-dozen-bladed diaphragm, and is otherwise identical.


Eyes
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Canon 28-105mm internal diagram

Internal diagram.

xv conventional spherical elements in 12 groups.

Internal focus; nada moves externally as focused.

The front group moves in and out as zoomed.


Focal Length

28-105mm.

On 1.3x Canon cameras it will run across angles-of-view similar to what a 36~135mm lens would run across on a 35mm camera.

On ane.6x Canon cameras it will see angles-of-view similar to what a 45~168mm lens would come across on a 35mm camera.


Angle of View

(on 35mm and total-frame cameras)

75º ~ 23.3º diagonal.

65º ~ 19.3º horizontal.

46º ~ 13º vertical.


Shut Focus
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one.half dozen feet (0.5m) from the image plane, specified.


Maximum Reproduction Ratio
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1:five.3 (0.19x).

With EF12 II tube: one:i.9 (0.53x).

With EF25 II tube: 1:1.3 (0.75x).


Diaphragm
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Canon 28-105 L

Front, Canon 28-105mm at 50mm

(EF diaphragm non visible).

vii blades (USM Two), six blades (USM).

Stops downwards to f/22-27.


Focus Scale
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Yes.

The ring turns from infinity to the closest focus altitude in virtually 105.º


Depth-of-Field Scale
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No.


Infra-Red Focus Indices
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Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Focus Scale, Canon 28-105/iii.five-4.5.

Yes, marks for 28, 35, 50, 70 and 105mm focal lengths.

These marks are probably for the 800 nm wavelength.


Filter Thread
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58mm.

Plastic.

Doesn’t rotate, but pumps in and out with zooming.


Size
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Canon specifies ii.8″ (72mm) bore by iii.0″ (75mm) long.

Information technology gets longer as zoomed to longer focal lengths.


Weight
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12.776 oz. (362.2g), measured.

Catechism specifies 13.2 oz. (375g).


Hood
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Reversible plastic petal-type bayonet EW-63II ($25), not included.

(same hood every bit Canon 28mm f/ane.8.)


Case
       acme

LP-814 sack, ($24), not included.


Caps
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58mm E-58U front, included. (ultrasonic cap with gold “

ULTRASONIC

” and silver “Canon” logos.)

Standard EOS cap rear.


Quality
       peak

1992-2000 (USM): Made in Japan.

2000-2010 (USM II): Fabricated in Taiwan.


Price, USA

       height

2012 August: almost $150 used.

2005 December: $220 gray, $230 Us, new.


Enough of speed in whatever light with the 5D Mark 3

Ryan likes fire

Ryan LOVES fire!
The ladies, less so. (01 Baronial 2012, Canon 5D Mark 3, Canon EF 28-105mm USM II at 28mm, Program Auto and Automobile ISO chose f/4 at 1/125 at ISO 3,200, STANDARD Motion-picture show Way with six sharpening, 0 saturation, Machine WB A4.) bigger.


Performance
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Intro   Specs   Performance   Compared   Recommendations   More than

Overall    Autofocus   Breathing   Color   Distortion

Ergonomics   Falloff    Filters     Lateral Colour Fringes

Maximum and Minimum Apertures   Mechanics   Sharpness   Sunstars


Overall





performance      top

The Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is a well-made, fast-focusing, dandy-handling, plastic-barreled lens with optics that work corking with the Canon 5D Marker 3’s automated corrections.


Autofocus





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Autofocus is almost instantaneous and about silent.

I wish every lens was this expert!

Auto/Manual Switching

Just grab the focus band for instant manual-focus override.

You never need to affect the AF-MF switch unless you desire to lock-out autofocus.

AF Speed

AF is almost instantaneous. It’southward the just lens I’ve used fast enough to rail a kid on a swing at shut distances and high speed:

Katie Swinging

Katie Swinging, 29 July 2012.
(Catechism 5D Mark Iii, Canon EF 28-105mm USM II at 68mm, Canon 220EX flash, Program Auto and Machine ISO chose f/18 at ane/200 at ISO 400, STANDARD Picture Style with 6 sharpening, 0 saturation, Car WB A4.) bigger.

I’ve never gotten any of my Nikons to do this; the Nikon lenses just can’t focus as fast as most of Canon’s USM lenses.

This photograph stopped most of the action; Katie was going so super-fast that I could hardly keep the camera pointed at her, much less could have focused manually!

AF Accuracy and Consistency

AF accuracy is fine on my Canon 5D Marking 3.

Manual Focus

Manual focus is easy; just slide the ring at whatsoever time.


Focus Breathing

performance      pinnacle

Focus breathing (the prototype changing size every bit focused) is generally of interest to cinematographers who don’t desire the image changing size (“breathing”) as the lens is focused amid different subjects.

The prototype from the Catechism 28-105mm f/3.5-four.5 gets
smaller
as focused more closely. This result is stronger at the longer focal lengths with this lens.


Colour Rendition


performance      tiptop

Towel, Gallup Park, 14 Dec 2014

Towel in shade, fourteen December 2014.
(Catechism 7D Mk Ii at ISO 100, Canon EF 28-105mm USM Ii at 28mm, f/7.1 at i/160.) bigger.

The color residuum of this 28-105mm f/three.5-four.5 matches my other Canon EF lenses.


Distortion





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This Canon 28-105mm f/3.v-4.v has plenty of distortion, only it’due south like shooting fish in a barrel to correct.

Information technology’s got barrel distortion at 28mm, neutral at 35mm, and strong pincushion distortion in the rest of the range.

If y’all want less distortion, use stock-still lenses or the 24-70mm f/2.8 L.

Use these values in Photoshop’s Lens Baloney tool to remove it:

On full-frame

at 10′ (3m)

at infinity

28mm

+4.0*

+five.5*

35mm

0.0

0.0

50mm

-3.0

-2.0

70mm

-iii.2

-iii.0

105mm

-3.five

-3.0

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* Some waviness remains.

If shot on the Canon 5D Mark III equally a raw file with the appropriate lens profile loaded, the 5D Mark III can procedure raw files in-camera to eliminate all of this distortion. I have not figured out how to get the photographic camera to eliminate this distortion as-shot, or how to use Canon software to invoke the lens profile to correct it afterwards.


Ergonomics





performance      peak

Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

Canon 28-105/three.5-4.5 USM.

Focus is via a very well placed and grippy ring. There is no “macro” range; information technology focuses to 0.5m at all settings. There are no silly lock-outs or levers to move.

The zoom feels a fiddling plasticy and it’southward a lilliputian more than compressed at the wide end, but since it still runs well plenty often to be able to zoom it with ane finger while shooting hand-held, I’m not complaining. I much prefer the zooming of this 28-105 over the strong zoom of the 24-105L.


Falloff

(darkened corners)



performance      acme

Falloff isn’t a trouble with a camera with Peripheral Illumination Correction and with this lens’ profile loaded.

With a 35mm or older full-frame cameras, y’all might see some falloff wide-open up, but it’south gone stopped-downwardly a stop.

I’ve exaggerated information technology beneath by showing shots of a greyness field presented against another gray field:


Canon 28-105mm USM 2 falloff on full-frame

No peripheral illumination correction

Broad Open

f/v.6

f/8

28mm Canon 28-105mm USM falloff Canon 28-105mm USM falloff Canon 28-105mm USM falloff
50mm Canon 28-105mm USM falloff Canon 28-105mm USM falloff Canon 28-105mm USM falloff
105mm Canon 28-105mm USM falloff Canon 28-105mm USM falloff Canon 28-105mm USM falloff

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Peripheral illumination correction enabled

Wide Open

f/5.6

f/eight

28mm Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff
50mm Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff
105mm Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff Canon 28-105mm USM light falloff

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Filters, Use with





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The plastic filter threads don’t rotate. They do motility in and out as you zoom

There’s no problem with vignetting even normal filters on full-frame, but there is some very slight vignetting with thick rotating filters similar polarizers, merely at 28mm.

I’d not worry about it, but if yous do, a thin polarizer like the 58mm Hoya Hd works perfectly.


Lateral Color Fringes





performance      superlative

Shot on the Canon 5D Marker 3 with the appropriate lens contour loaded, there are no color fringes.

Shot without Chromatic Aberration Correction agile, in that location are some barely visible greenish-magenta fringes at 28mm and 105mm, and none in the heart of the zoom range.

This is excellent operation.


Maximum and Minimum Apertures


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Maximum

Minimum

28mm

f/3.5

f/22

35mm

f/4

f/22

50mm

f/4

f/25

70mm

f/4

f/25

105mm

f/iv.5

f/29


Mechanics


performance      summit

Canon 28-105mm f/2.8

Rear, Canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.v USM II.
overstate.

The Catechism 28-105mm f/three.5-4.5 is i of Catechism’s vanished “mid-range” series of reasonable lenses for reasonable photographers. It has a metallic mount, and well-fabricated plastic elsewhere.


Filter Threads

Plastic.


Hood Mount

Plastic.


Fore Barrels

Plastic.


Zoom Ring

Plastic, rubber-covered.


Mid-barrel

Plastic.


Focus Ring

Grippy plastic.


Rear barrel

Plastic.


Internals

Seem like mostly plastic.


Zoom Cams

Feel like plastic.


Rear barrel

Plastic.


Moisture seal at mount

No.


Mount

Chromed metal.


Markings

Paint.


Serial Number

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation-melted into rear light baffle on back of lens, only visible when not mounted on a camera.


Engagement Code

None establish.


Noises When Shaken

Mild clunking.


Made in

Taiwan.


Sharpness





performance      top

Lens sharpness doesn’t affair much, but information technology sure distracts amateurs who misfile lens sharpness with picture sharpness.

It’s best shot on the 5D Mark III, whose lateral color-fringe correction improves the sides and corners.

Ryan and Katie in Tokyo

Katie with Easter flower, 08 Apr 2012.
(5D Mark III, Car ISO 100, Car A4 White Residue, Catechism EF 28-105 USM Two at 63mm, f/7.1 at 1/160.) © full resolution file.

Zedonk at Zoomar's

Half Donkey, Half Zebra.
(Shot with 5D Mark III, Catechism EF 28-105 USM II at 55mm, f/20 at 1/200, 220EX flash, AUTO ISO 400, AUTO A4 White Balance, STANDARD Movie Style with six sharpening and +iii Saturation. © original rotated file.)

Shot well on my 5D Marking Iii, it’s enough sharp. Here are the details for you lot lab rats:


28mm

Shot wide-open, it’southward softer all over. It’s much better at f/5.six.

Corners are optimum by f/8 and f/11.

At the broad cease, sharpness, particularly in the corners, improves greatly every bit stopped down.


35mm

Shot wide-open, it’s softer all over. It’south much better at f/5.six.

Corners are optimum past f/eight and f/11.


50mm

Shot wide-open, it’s softer all over. Information technology’s much improve at f/5.6.

Corners are optimum by f/eight and f/eleven.


70mm

It’south sharper at 70mm than at the shorter focal lengths broad-open.

Corners over again are optimum by f/eight and f/xi.


105mm

Just equally at 70mm, it’southward sharper at 105mm wide-open than information technology is at the shorter focal lengths.

Corners again are optimum by f/eight and f/11.

Past 105mm, it’s already pretty sharp wide-open up.


Sunstars





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Its sunstars have fourteen points, but they are relatively soft; the 7 blades are slightly curved.



Compared

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This 28-105/3.v-iv.5 is a lightweight, cheap, mostly plastic, very well built, handy and well-performing lens on the 5D Mark 3. For the small increment in sharpness that the 24-70mm f/2.8 Fifty or 24-105mm f/4 L IS might offer in the corners at large apertures where no i looks anyway, I won’t bother conveying them; I adopt this lightweight lens for use in the field — and this 28-105mm zooms much better, without the cramped wide-angle range of the 24-105mm.

With the 5D Marker Iii’southward marvelous ultra-high ISO functioning, the extra stop of the 24-70mm f/2.viii L isn’t needed, and I beloved non having to conduct all that weight.


24-85 USM

28-105
USM

28-105
USM Ii

28-135 IS

24-seventy
f/two.8

24-105 IS

Anni

1996-2007

1992-2000

2000-2010

1998-

2002-2012

2005-

Maximum Aperture

f/three.v-4.5

f/3.5-4.5

f/3.5-iv.5

f/3.5-five.vi


f/2.8

f/4

Filter Size

67mm

58mm

58mm

72mm

77mm

77mm

Filter Threads


plastic


plastic


plastic


plastic


metallic


plastic

Length


69.5mm


75mm


75mm

97mm


123mm


107mm

Baloney (West~T)

+4 ~ -4

+4 ~ -three.5

+four ~ -iii.v

+3.5 ~ -3

+ii.5 ~ -two

+5.five ~ -2.5

Ease of Zooming

pretty practiced

very proficient

very good

very good

practiced


poor

Diaphragm Blades


6


6


7


6


viii


eight

Sunstars


6 points


six points


14 points


6 points


8 points


8 points

Focus

USM

USM

USM

USM

USM

USM

Instant manual-focus override?


Yes


Yes


Yes


Yes


Yes


Yep

AF/MF switch

slide switch

slide switch

slide switch

slide switch

slide switch

slide switch

Weight


361g


362g


362g

540g


910g


664g

Made in

Nippon

Nihon

Japan

Nihon

Nihon

Japan

Price, 8/2012

$190 used

$150 used

$150 used

$450

$1,400 used

$950



Recommendations

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Want a lightweight, low-cost, high-functioning all-purpose zoom for your total-frame Canon?

Simply take $150 for a Canon zoom?

Shooting a 5D Mark Iii or 35mm EOS Rebel?

This just might be the perfect lens for yous. If you’re a tripod-hugger y’all’ll want something more expensive to show off your fancy gear, but if your photos speak for themselves instead of your equipment, this lens is great.

The 28-135mm IS is also a great lens, with the added feature of image stabilization, that weighs and costs much less and with a longer zoom ranger than the large, fat 50-lenses.

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