It’s been around in various forms for more than 10 years. In a departure, we did our latest test as if on an APS-C camera, since it’s also sold in a kit with the Canon EOS 50D.
A full-frame Image Stabilizer, the Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS ($410, street) is sold both separately and as part of high-end Canon EOS 30D and 40D kits (adding only $200). We tested it years ago as a full-framer, but we wanted to see how it performs on the 40D's APS-sized sensor.
As noted in our original test (June 1998), the lens is bulky for its class, handsomely finished in matte black, with finger-friendly zoom and focusing rings. Turning action is adequate. And we still find the AF motor eerily silent.
IN THE LAB
|Full-Time Manual Focus Override:||No|
|Minimum Focal Length:||28 mm|
|Maximum Focal Length:||135 mm|