2017-08-28 - shorterimage

Chattahoochee Nature Center

All images here were shot with the Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-80mm 1:3.5-5.6 IV.

This lens was manufactured from 1989 through 1999 and was the kit lens on many Canon cameras through that period. You can buy one in excellent condition on ebay or through vintage resellers like KEH. I was just looking and KEH had one listed in Exec++ condition for $69.

Reviews and comments you read about this lens run the gamut from some today who just refer to it as disposable junk, to others that revere this light little all purpose zoom as a steal value for their kit. I guess I'm in the latter fanboy group here as I love its feather light weight and the nice images I get from it. I have highly rated zooms I've paid the better part of a grand for and still think this rivals or even betters them at times.

It's sharpest at its wider angles of view and slumps progressively at wider apertures as you move towards telephoto. Though even at it's tighter focal lengths when stopped down it's still pretty sharp. However aberrations do build as you push to the telephoto end. You do need to put some aperture into it to get best sharpness out of it. That's definitely the area where my newer, pricier zooms will beat this little gem for sure. But at a cost over 10:1 mind you!

Although this lens will focus down to a respectable 1.3ft, the macro shots on this page were shot with a 16mm extension ring added. This lens auto focuses fairly well with little hunting when EF to E adapted onto my A7RII. However with the 16mm extension ring for macro, auto focus did become a bit more hit or miss.


f8, 1/500th sec, ISO 100


f8, 1/640th sec, ISO 100


f8, 1/250th sec, ISO 100


f8, 1/200th sec, ISO 100


f5.6, 1/200th sec, ISO 100


f5.6, 1/640th sec, ISO 100


f5.6, 1/640th sec, ISO 100


f7.1, 1/250th sec, ISO 100


f8, 1/500th sec, ISO 100


f9, 1/100th sec, ISO 200


f9, 1/160th sec, ISO 200


f10, 1/60th sec, ISO 100


f9, 1/200th sec, ISO 100


f9, 1/320th sec, ISO 100


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