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Old 06-17-2007, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Canon EOS 20D as my primary camera and I am looking to upgrade my lenses but I have to do it within my budget which somewhat limits my choices.

I currently am using the Canon USM 28 - 105 MM F3.5 - 4.5 lense as my primary lense and I have been quite happy with it but I want to get an "L" lense. I would love to be able to get the new 24 - 70 MM F 2.8 "L" lense or the 28 - 70 MM F2.8 lense but I don't have the $1,500.00 necessary so I have to explore other options.

I have been looking at what I think is an older Canon "L" lense, the 28 - 80 MM F2.8 - 4.0 "L" lense and I am seeing it used for approx $600.00 which is in my price range.

I have a feeling this lense is an older one since I can't find it on Canon's site and I don't see it offered for sale new anywhere but a used lense is not unacceptable for me and if I can get a deal I am that much happier.

Does anyone out there have any experience with this lense that they can share with me? I certainly want to get a lense that is better than what I currently have so I want to get as much information about thsi lense before I spend my money so anything I can find on this lense is good. Thanks.
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Re: Looking For Information On A Lense
Old 06-17-2007, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why do you want an L lens? What are you hoping that it will do for you as opposed to a non-L lens (either from Canon or other manufacturers)?

I personally use a number of lens and only one of them is a Canon lens. When I needed a faster longer lens (70-200 range) I checked out different reviews and then tested the two that were at the top of the comparisons (Canon 70-200 2.8 and Sigma 70-200 2.8) and found that they compared almost identically in tests and it actual use seemed to give identical results. At the time the Canon lens was about $1100 and the Sigma $700. I bought the Sigma. It has always given great results.

My other workhorse lens, especially for glamour is the Sigma 18-125 f3.5-f6.3 which works like a champ and always gives excellent results.

I use both of these on a Canon 20D. My one Canon lens is a 100mm f2.8 macro lens. Again, in different reviews I compared it against Sigma and Tamron but found that the Canon lens seemed to give substantially different and better results, so I went with it.

Anyway, you should always consider lens purchases based on what you need the lens for and what you hope it will do for you. If you just want an L lens because it looks cool, or for prestige value, then that would not be a really good reason.

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Re: Looking For Information On A Lense
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For a short time I had a Sigma 28-70mm 2.8 that was around the $700 CDN mark brand new. It was an excellent lens and a solid performer. Money well spent. However, I came across a Canon 24-70 2.8 L used for a small amount more, and was offered 100% back for the very slightly used Sigma. Too good a deal to pass up. I must say though that aside from AF speed and noise, I don't see much difference in the results.

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The 24-70 f2.8L is a fine lens, and one I use in the studio a lot of the time. The 28-70 f2.8L is also a fine lens, and the predecessor of the 24-70 - many owners of the 28-70 have seen no need to upgrade to the 24-70. Neither lens is all that easy to find second-hand because their owners seem to hang onto them They also seem to hold their value well (you'd expect the 28-70 to have dropped in price after the 24-70 came out). Either of these would be a nice upgrade and would give you a brighter viewfinder with the f2.8 maximum aperture.

I haven't heard of a 28-80mm - have you tried googling it? Are you certain it's an EF lens? I think there was an FD 28-80, but that wouldn't fit on an EOS body.

If you can, I'd try the lens on your body and see how much difference it makes. Paraphrasing what RFS says, it may not have any effect on your ability to get the image you want.

EDIT: Wikipedia says that Canon released a 28-80mm f2.8-4.0L lens in 1989 - sounds like it's an old design, but not necessarily a bad one - at least it is USM.
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Sharpest lens I ever owned was on a k-1000 and it was a sigma that when you shook it, it rattled. But I swear it was sharp as a tack. Even in Macro. Damdest thing.
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