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Canon EF 28 mm f/1.8 USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 28 mm f/1.8 USM
Lens style Wide angle
Focal length 28 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Angle of view 75.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 1:5.5
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 10 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 73.6 x 55.6 mm
Weight 319 g
Additional information Marketed October 1995
Average rating (8 owners reviews)
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3.79 Average
Owners reviews (8)
  1. Mac
    Mac 17 December 2016, 02:23
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    IP 72.89.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $0 (replac
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Corner/edges not especially sharp. Lateral chromatic aberrations are correctable in post (for digital); longitudinal CA is not. Vignetting is strong but again easily fixed in digital. Horrific ghosting and flare: don't shoot against the light with this lens!! Useless for digital infrared work.

    Pros: Much better than internet discussion boards would lead you to believe! Bright, fast focusing, and quite portable. Center sharpness excellent.

    Summary: Again, don't let the long cons mislead you: I really like this lens! No, I don't recommend it for architecture nor landscapes, but it makes a great normal on crop sensor cameras. All Canon wide angles below 35 or 28mm were not very good until recently (beginning with the Mark II versions of the 24 1.4 and TS): the 35's were excellent and the original 28's also very good. I've gotten some great environmental portraits with my copy, which was refurbished by Canon. Buy it used and its a good deal.

  2. panoramapeople
    panoramapeople 22 November 2013, 11:38
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    IP 92.78.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 450€
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Sharpness and flaring performance could be better. Handle with care!

    Pros: Good for portrait. Awsome background blur. Cool standard lens to backup a 50mm + 85mm collection.

    Summary: Mostly underrated, this lens performs good but not perfect. It is expensive to build a wide angle with good performance in the corners so for that price - ok! Really great video lens on the 7d + C300

  3. RJ
    RJ 24 January 2013, 13:15
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    IP 193.166.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 350e
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Soft wide open. Evident lateral CA (of course easy to fix post processing but it's a nuisance). AF pretty inaccurate in my sample

    Pros: Bokeh is very beautiful. Good focal length for a crop. When the AF hits I think the pics can't be any sharper (at f5,6 or so) in the center.

    Summary: I wouldn't buy this lens now but find a good standard zoom instead though I don't know if there are any better primes at this focal length.

  4. arcedly
    arcedly 20 July 2012, 10:29
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    IP 59.37.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 510
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: nice handing

    Pros: F1.8 is soft, but can be used

    Summary: a usefull len

  5. Bioibon
    Bioibon 9 March 2011, 17:31
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    IP 150.241.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 370 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Some CA wide open. Not really sharp wide open. Can flare at times.

    Pros: small, great focal for APS-C. Sharp from f/2. Great AF. Great bokeh.

    Summary: Great lens for the price. Better value than 50 1.4 if you have an APS-C camera.

  6. Tommy
    Tommy 1 March 2011, 18:54
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    IP 85.224.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 650$
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Not the best lens for architect or landscape pics. To soft corners and to much cromatic aberation for that purpose.

    Pros: Indoors in available light or with a flashgun. Tack sharp in shorter distances and the focus speed is lightning fast. I´ve used it with Rebels, 40D and now with 7D. Perfect party-lens. The models eyes pop out in 3D-effect in portrait-shots.

    Summary: A perfect lens if you´re in to portraits with crop cameras with a normal lens. Perfect partner with the 50 1,4.

  7. Theo
    Theo 13 December 2010, 18:38
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    IP 84.28.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 400 euro
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Optical quality of this prime won't even beat the 24-105/4L at 28mm which isn't good news for a prime as far as I'm concerned. The lens started producing err01 after about two years and lived in my bag from that time on. Cleaning the contacts works but only for a short time.

    Pros: Small and light.

    Summary: I would not recommend this lens. Go with a decent standard zoom instead if you want 28mm.

  8. Koen
    Koen 24 February 2010, 22:04
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    IP 81.205.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 430
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Flare and avarage contrast in daylight. Wide open even softer. (Gets better at F 2,5.) Focus not fast on dated D60. Frontlens vulnerable without the (ridiculously expensive) hood.

    Pros: Beautiful background blur: This is where you pay your money! (sharpness: 3 + backgroundblur: 5 = optical quality: 4) Very silent.

    Summary: - With your friends in a pub? Kids making fun in the kitchen? Use it! This is the "50mm F1,2 lens" for crop-cameras.! - Landscape with a 21 Mpix camera? Leave this one in the shop and start saving for a Zeiss...

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