Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 USM L - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Shots

Ok, finally here're some sample shots taken with the EOS 350D. These images were converted via Raw Shooter Premium v1.0.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the full-size images are supplied in JPEG2000 format. You should be able to display the images in most modern imaging applications such as Photoshop. This is a measurement to limit the bandwidth which is a scarce resource.

If you prefer to watch the full-size samples in your Internet Explorer browser you may try the JPEG2000 ActiveX Control (Windows) plug-in. I've checked out a few plug-ins for Mozilla/Opera but haven't really found a good one. Firefox will open IE if you install the ActiveX Control above.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/500s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Canon
Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
200
28.0mm
f/7.1 @ 1/200s
2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 70.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/250s
Size 3472x2312
Make Canon
Canon
Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
400
70.0mm
f/14.0 @ 1/1600s
2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 70.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/640s
Size 2312x3472

Verdict

The performance of the Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 USM L came as a surprise because its optical quality exceeded the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L (two samples tested). The lens doesn't really show any significant flaws - the resolution figures are very high and distortions and especially vignetting are very low. The degree of CAs is pretty decent for a zoom in this range. The build quality is very good with only the reverse zoom extension as a minor downside.

However, similar to its successor the zoom range is not all that attractive on APS-C DSLRs (45-112mm). For most it'll make more sense to have a deeper look at the 17-40mm f/4L when looking for a high quality standard zoom. While not tested in this scope it is probably a valid assumption that the EF 28-70mm f/2.8 USM L will surely find many happy full frame users becuase it simply remains a great lens!

Optical Quality:    
Mechanical Quality:
Price/Performance:discontinued
      
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