Thoughts on Canon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L as a travel lens?
My travels are a bit varied which include a variety of city/street/architecture photography, landscape photography, and wildlife photography. I'm constantly switching out lenses and for a while I experimented with bringing along a M5 + 11-22 as a secondary body to help reduce changing lenses, but the extra gear to support the mirrorless is sometimes just too much. Fully loaded my camera bag is pushing nearly 30 pounds!
I'm quite interested in the 28-300, however information & reviews about this lens is quite scant, so I'm hoping the ever resourceful people here at Digital Grin might be able to provide some insight as to how well this lens performs.
For reference, I already own the Tamron 16-300, but it doesn't quite work with my 5D Mark IV, but works a treat with my APS-C bodies, so I'm very familiar with the focal length range.
Please note that I'm primarily interested in real world experience with the lens and not theoretical scenarios; I'm not a professional photographer but I do love the art.
Thanks in advance & cheers.
My lens travel kit for Canon APS-C/Crop 1.6x:
(Canon EOS 7D)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm, f/2.8 IS USM
Canon EF 70-200mm, f/4L IS USM
For a more extensive kit, the above plus (still pretty compact):
Add a 1.4x teleconverter for longer reach and a fast 50mm for indoor ambient and outdoor bokeh.
Canon 500D close-focus diopter (77mm diameter plus adapter to fit the 70-200mm zoom)
My lenses for a FF body are all too large and heavy to take for anything in casual travel, but I could build a decent full kit in two bags for paying work.
The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM is a tremendous convenience, but it has a lot of compromise in image quality compared to shorter range zooms and primes. For the weight and bulk of that lens it seems that image quality suffers more than I would like. In a dangerous situation I could justify it but otherwise I will pass on that lens.
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I'm with Ziggy, for snapshots and casual travel photography I tend to prefer crop body cameras like the Canon 70D or maybe the 7D Mk II, since my FF body is a 1DXMk II
I usually carry the current Tamron 16-300 lens for APS-C bodies on my 70D and find it works very well for me.
If memory serves the Canon 28-300 f3.5-5.6 L has been around for a long time. I believe it dates back to the film era. I do like Canon's 70-300 f4-5.6 IS L but it is significantly bigger than the Tamron 16-300. The 70-300 however is suitable for a full frame camera. I have even used the Tamron 16-300 on a FF body but it vignettes very badly
_______________________________________I have copied a post I made about the Tamron 16-300 below
Here is another image shot with it on the San Juan River in July
I am seeing adds from Tamron for a 16-400 mm f3.5-6.3 lens that might be interesting for a crop body camera too. I have no experience with it yet, however.
I love FF cameras and images, but for walkaround snapshots it is hard to beat good APS-C bodies and lenses these days.
You could probably rent the Canon 28-300 L from lens rentals and see how it works for you fairly inexpensively..
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I love the Canon 28-300L IS. Together with 24-105L IS it is the lens I use the most. It's also one of my oldest lenses.
It's rather heavy in combination with a 5D (incl. battery grip) or 1D, but using a Blackrapid strap I can walk around all day with no problems at all.
Some examples of this lens in combination with the 5D MkIV can be found here:
This was a small event in my neighborhood and 98% of the pictures are straight from the camera. No processing done. There was a lot of sun and shadow.
This was an event in my village, mostly indoors, with and without flash. I think 95% of the pics are straight from the camera. No processing done.
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