Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

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28-200mm Covers a Lot of Territory

Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM LensYou should use an external flash that has the ability to do bounce lighting for this lens to be very useful for interior images. Its a small aperture sloooow telephoto zoom lens. In fact, I would call this just an average lens. It does everything okay but nothing great. The vast focal length range is the advantage of this lens.

The 28-200mm zoom covers a lot of territory. As a travel lens or walkabout lens for saving memories Set your 35mm film SLR or digital SLR camera on auto or f/ 5.6 to 8, and you will obtain satisfactory results. Use a the 580 or 430 ex flash which will compensate for interior shots. This focal length tends to work better for full frame or film cameras over the cropped sensor digital cameras.

If you need a low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in low light situation such as weddings and concerts, then get the 24-70mm IS f/2.8L USM and the the 70-200mm VR f/2.8 instead.

For Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM. EOS users looking for an all-purpose lens would do well to select the Canon EF 28-200 f/3.5-5.6 USM. The minimum aperture setting is f/22 at a focal length of 28mm, and the EF 28-200 has a minimum focus distance of 17.7 inches at any focal length. An inner focus ring allows the EF 28-200 to focus without rotating the outer half of the lens barrel, which is great for photographers who utilize filters. The autofocus uses Canon's micro USM drive for smooth and quiet operation.

A handy, compact zoom lens for versatile and easy subject selection while travelling, etc. The highest optical performance in its class, plus the convenience of focusing up to 17.7 in. over the entire zooming range. The micro USM drive provides silent, high-speed auto focusing, plus the wide zooming range provides an easy, enjoyable picture-taking experience. ✓


The wide zoom range of the EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 makes this a perfect lens for many situations. Its sixteen-element design includes two aspherical elements, and it focuses as close as 17.7" throughout the entire zoom range. Inner focusing means the front section doesn't rotate, a real benefit to photographers who use filters.

Inner focusing with non-rotating front.

Close focusing to 17.7 inches, at all focal lengths.

Fast and quiet AF is provided by Canon's exclusive micro USM motor.

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Lens styleZoom lens  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length28 200 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF  
Angle of view 75 - 12  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F3.5 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F36.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 6  
Total Elements 16  
Number of Groups 12  
Minimum focus distance 0.45 m (17.72")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.28 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micro-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus No  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical features
Overall weight500 g (1.10 lb) 17.6 oz.  
Lens diameter 78 mm (3.09")  
Overall length 90 mm (3.53")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, metal mount  
Sealing No  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Power zoom No  
Zoom lock switch No  
Filter thread size 72 mm  
Lens hood code EW-78D  
Tripod collar included No  
Optional accessories Soft Case LP1116



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