Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Last Updated (31 March’12):

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens has focal length of 28mm with maximum aperture of f/2.8. It has construction which consists of 9 elements in 7 groups with diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. The lens also use a Rear focusing system with USM for its Focus Adjustment and has closest focusing distance about 0.23m / 0.75 ft. including filter size of 58mm. The lens measures (Diameter x Length) 2.69 x 2.02 in./68.4 x 51.5mm with weight Approx. 9.2 oz./260g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Reviews

Lenstests reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and writes;
“The EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a compact and well-built prime lens with a common wide-angle focal length, a good maximum aperture and a modern image stabilizer that compensates up to 4 f-stops. While the image stabilizer sounds great one has to consider that it’s not as necessary in wide-angle lenses as it is in telephoto lenses – but I still appreciate it. The lens is best used indoors or for architecture and landscape photography.”
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Photographyblog reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and writes;
“Image quality is generally excellent. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, geometric distortion is impressively low for a wide-angle lens (unless you are focusing very close), and the Super Spectra coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare,..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and writes;
“Although this lens isn’t cheap, especially for a prime lens sporting a maximum aperture of f/2.8, it does deliver excellent sharpness, low CA and distortion. Although these attributes are probably worth the price, you’d still be forgiven for expecting this lens to be more keenly priced.”
Rating: ★★★★½

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and writes;
“Like the 24mm f/2.8 IS lens, with a moderately high price tag, the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens may be overlooked by some of those who could be well-served by it. I of course would appreciate a lower price, but I’m satisfied with the value this lens provides. You get fast and accurate AF, very good image quality and image stabilization in a package that is sized and weighted to go everywhere with you.”
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and writes;
“As to be expected from a prime lens, the resolution characteristic is impressive. The center sharpness is great followed by very good borders and extreme corners – even at f/2.8. The peak performance is already reached at f/4 with an outstanding center and a very good to excellent outer image region.”
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SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and writes;
“There is a light amount of corner shading when the 28mm ƒ/2.8 IS USM is used on the sub-frame Canon 7D; the extreme corners are just 1/3 EV darker than the center. At any other aperture, corner shading is negligible.. On the full-frame 1Ds mkIII, the corners are punished a bit more: used at ƒ/2.8, the extreme corners are a full stop darker than the center. This is improved as the aperture is stopped down: it’s a half-stop difference at ƒ/4, and at ƒ/5.6 and smaller, it settles in at a third-of-a-stop.”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM User Reviews

Lens with a common wide-angle focal length featuring image stabilization and decent image quality
“The lens offers good image quality – sharpness is great straight from f/2.8 and there is only a small amount of barrel distortion visible. My lab tests have shown that color fringes (“Chromatic Aberrations”) both in focused parts of the image (“Transverse CA”) and in out-of-focus areas (“Axial CA”) are visible but compared with its immediate peers the lens’s performance is quite respectable.” – By Gil De Sousa, LensTests-com
Rating: ★★★★☆

Good for some things
“To me this is an expensive lens that does a good job at a few things.
The image stabilization helps with shake which I have plenty of. I will be using it for something that very few will need to use it for. I take pictures of paintings handheld and the image stabilization really helps.” – By Crews7
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Features & Specifications

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a new update lens to a popular focal length which offers greater flexibility for traveling photographers. It’ll be useful lens to capture landscapes and interiors. With angle of view up to 75 degrees, this lens allows you to capture beautiful portraits. It also comes with an Optical Image Stabilizer technology to ensure images captured in superb image quality with sharp and clear results. This technology also offers up to 4 stops of shake correction while a ring-type USM and advanced CPU with optimized AF algorithms delivers faster auto focusing even in low-light shooting situations.

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The lens construction use aspherical lens elements which increase the image quality on the periphery plus lens coatings to minimize ghosting and flare on the image. While the 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm delivers beautiful and soft backgrounds.

Key Features

– Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 shutter speed stops of correction

– Ring USM, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithms for fast autofocusing

– Full-time manual focus for manual adjustment while in AF mode

– Aspherical lens elements improve peripheral image quality

– Aspherical lens elements(7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds

– Silent and smooth operation makes it suitable for video shooting

– Minimum focusing distance: 22.86cm

– Compact, lightweight design


+ Focal Length: 28 mm

+ Aperture: Maximum: f/2.8, Minimum: f/22

+ Camera Mount Type: Canon EF

+ Format Compatibility: 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor, Canon (APS-C)

+ Angle of View: 75°

+ Minimum Focus Distance: 22.86 cm

+ Groups/Elements: 7/9

+ Diaphragm Blades: 7

+ Image Stabilization: Yes

+ Autofocus: Yes

+ Tripod Collar: No

+ Filter Thread: 58 mm

+ Dimensions (DxL) Approx: 6.83 x 5.13 cm

+ Weight: 261 g

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