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An early wide 'L' zoom that is not a constant aperture like later similar models. Note too that the manual focus is electronically linked to the focus ring, so the camera needs to be connected (and switched on) to change focus.

Very much better image and build quality from the non 'L' models (see the table below).

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 28-80mm 1:2.8-4
Lens Construction 15 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Aperture 22
Maximum magnification (x) 0.2
Closest Focusing Distance 0.5m
Filter Size 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 84 x 119.5mm, 945g

Canon EF 28–80mm lens
Version L (original) USM II II USM III USM IV USM V USM
Key features
Image stabiliser No
Environmental Sealing No
USM Yes No Yes No Yes
L-series Yes No
Technical data
Maximum aperture f/2.8–4 f/3.5–5.6
Minimum aperture f/22 f/22–38 f/38 f/22–38 f/38 f/22–38
Filter diameter 72 mm 58 mm
Horizontal viewing angle 75°–30°
Vertical viewing angle 46°–17°
Diagonal viewing angle; 65°–25°
Physical data
Weight 945 g 200 g 330 g 200 g 205 g 200 g
Max. Diameter 84mm 66.4mm 72mm 66.4mm 63.5mm 65mm 66.4
Max. Length 119.5mm 71.2mm 72.5mm 71.2mm 68.5mm 63.5mm 61.4
Groups/elements 11/15 10/10 9/10 10/10 9/9 10/10
Aperture blades 8 5
Closest focusing distance 0.5 0.38 0.5 0.38
Retail information
Release date April 1989 September 1996 October 1991 April 1999 October 1993 August 1995 September 1996 April 1999

EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM reviews and articles

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Sample images

None available.

Product launch

No information available on the 1989 launch of this lens.

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