Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Last updated (10 June’10):
– Review by SLRGear

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM is a wide-angle lens. The lens features 28mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/1.8. The lens construction has 10 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. Focus Adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance at 0.25m / 0.8 ft and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM weighs 10.9 Ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“light falloff (“vignetting”) is very well controlled, reaching a maximum of only about 1/3 EV with the lens wide open, and decreasing to around 0.15 EV from f/2.8 on. Geometric distortion is also pretty low for a wide angle as well, at only about 0.4% barrel.”
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SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM showcased somewhat of a mixed performance on an APS-C camera. Center performance was quite decent in general – at f/1.8 image quality in the center is average, but more or less acceptable, and from f/2.8 on, quality is quite good.”
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens is soft wide open. Stop the aperture down to f/2.8 and the center becomes sharp. Mid-frame performance (on a full frame DSLR) is softer – even stopped down. Corner performance does not degrade much (if any) over the mid-frame results.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“Bokeh is ordinary. The blur is usually quite pleasant, which is better than my Nikon 28mm f/1.4, but you can on rare occasions get it to look a little funny. Bokeh is rarely an issue with wide lenses since everything is usually in focus anyway.”
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
” So in total the lens may be good but we expect more from a fix-focal lens even though the design of a large aperture lens with a moderate pricing was certainly far from being simple. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM User Reviews

A great wide angle lens for your Canon EOS Rebel, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have a Canon EOS Rebel XT, and I have a number of lenses for it, but I use my 28mm f/1.8 mostly for low light conditions! It works great in low light without flash, as long as there is no quick movement! I recently attended a banquet and went around the room and took candid shots of everyone, without flash, and they all turned out great. I took a group shot of everyone and had to stitch the two shots together, and even that worked fairly well. “ – by Donald L. Bunyard

Excellent Lens on a 1.6 Crop D-SLR, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Focus is fast and quiet, and the lens is very sharp except when opened as wide as it will go, but this is the tradeoff you get with almost every fast prime. At f/8 the results are hard to beat. Field of view on a 1.6x crop camera (like mine) is equivalent to about a 45mm lens on a full-frame SLR, and since the smaller sensor crops out the edges for you there’s little distortion to worry about. “ – by fedward

Hard to take a bad picture | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is *beautiful*. The quality of shots taken vs the lens that shipped with my camera (even though its a totally different lens) is huge. Very impressed. “ – by B. Schwarz

Versatile Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This really is a lovely little prime. I shoot on a full frame camera, a 5D, and the dramatic and largely undistorted images this baby produces are a real pleasure. You really get the best of both worlds with this lens, from a shallow DoF and luminance perspective. “ – by Francis C. Mcmains III

Compact, solid build, fast/quiet focus, but sensitive to shake, expensive | Rating: ★★★★★
“Solid and compact, this lens focuses briskly, taking crisp photos, but is on the expensive side, sensitive to camera shake, and has an odd effective-focal-length. The USM AF is quiet and fast, and has no trouble finding focus even in very low-light, attached to my Canon Rebel T1i. “ – by Omar Siddique

Very good lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Very good lens. Not the best one Canon offers but does exactly what I needed. I considered buying Canons 24mm 1.4 L for about a year but could not justify the price. I could buy three of these for the price of the 24mm. All i wanted was a good low light, fast, lens to take candid shots with out the crappy flash on the camera. The images are great. Actually converts to about a 44mm film lens on my DSLR. No regrets. “ – by Scapesdog

My new favorite everything lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It has minimum distortion at the fringe, crisp and lite. This lens stayed on my cam (canon 40D) 80% of the shoot. I would highly recommend this lens to anyone who wants to have some prime lenses in their case. The other I would suggest is a 50mm. This lens produces beautiful boca and is fast. “ – by J. Eubanks

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Specifications

The Canon EF 28mm wide-angle lens lets you capture more in the frame by broadening the angle of view and increasing the depth of field. This not only expands the apparent distance between the foreground and background, but brings more area into focus–a must for photographers who want vivid nature shots or crisp group shots. The lens also offers an excellent price-to-performance ratio, with a high-precision aspherical lens that minimizes distortion and other aberrations to produce sharp and high-contrast images. Light enough to serve as your standard wide-angle lens, the EF 28mm carries Canon’s one-year warranty.


* Focal length: 28mm
* Maximum aperture: 1:1.8
* Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 75 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with AFD
* Closest focusing distance: 1 foot
* Filter size: 58mm
* Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter, 1.7 inches long
* Weight: 6.5 ounces

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