2017-07-21 - shorterimage

A forgotten and unused lens finally comes off the shelf for a test run.

Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-80mm 1:3.5-5.6 IV

I purchased this lens quite a while back for a nice low price after reading a blurb calling it out as a little now thought of value lens. And it appeared with my Metabones EF to E adapter that it probably would work fully with my Sony A7RII. So when I found it just browsing on ebay for suitably small amount, I dropped the coin and added it to my lens menagerie.

I think I made an obligatory shot or two in the back yard to verify it worked and wasn't terribly impressed at first blush.  So on the shelf it went. But since this general zoom focal length is an area I still am looking for values with performance, this morning I decided to pluck it off the shelf and put it through some paces.

I headed over to Lawrenceville (GA) town square near where I live and in dreadful heat made a short walk around the courthouse square. I also shot a few macro shots along the way since I always want an impression of what each lens macro capability might be. Since this lens wasn't designed with macro in mind I was using a 16mm extension tube on it for these macro shots.

Frankly I'm pretty impressed by the results for this $50 to $60 zoom lens. It's an ideal focal ratio which I've always loved. Recently I've acquired a current gen new Sigma 24-105mm 1:4 DG at what is a reasonable price for a new gen lens these day. Possibly even a bit of a bargain compared to its competition. However at its roughly $900 new price its pretty shocking to see how well the $60 almost thirty year old lens stands up against it. Well it does pretty well I think and I'll let these pics speak now for the vintage girl.

f8, 1/320th sec, ISO 100

f8, 1/250th sec, ISO 100

f8, 1/80th sec, ISO 800

Low available light indoor shot .. where I had a nice brunch today at The Peachtree Cafe.

f6.3, 1/30th sec, ISO 100

This Canon zoom from the late 80's to mid 90's  has a very interesting bokeh profile. Shoot it in subdued light and its almost buttery smooth. However point it into a busy backlit background and it produces this very impressionistic and busy bokeh. Now lots of lenses with busy bokeh's are a turn off for me. However this one has a very painterly artistic quality to it I think.

f5.6, 1/30th sec, ISO 100

I mean check out this wild bokeh. I love it!

f13, 1/200th, ISO 100

f10, 1/250th, ISO 100


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