Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

Last updated (27 June’10):
– Review by The-digital-picture

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 is a wide-angle lens. The lens features 28mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 5 elements in 5 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees. Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with AFD, Closest focusing distance at 0.3m/1 feet and has a filter size of 52mm. The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 lens weighs 6.5 Ounces and it measures 2.6 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Reviews

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 and writes;
“The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Lens is sharp wide open in the center with little noticeable improvement when stopped down. Wide open corners show softness even on a 1.6 FOVCF body due to a curved plane of sharp focus. Corner sharpness is markedly improved by f/4. Light fall-off is noticeable on the corners when shot wide open even on a 1.6x FOVCF body.”
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 and writes;
“The border performance behaves a little more conventional with good results at f/2.8 increasing to very good figures at medium aperture settings. So despite the rather unusual MTF curve the performance is on a pretty high level. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 User Reviews

Really nice lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I had used this lens at night with low light and taken many indoor shots. My camera multiplies the les to 1.6 and it become a 44mm lens. The shots were cystal clear. “ – by Don Lorenz

Good copies of this lens exist | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought two used copies of this lens in an effort to get a good one. Both copies I tested were very sharp and had good contrast although on one the CA was noticably higher than on the other. On the better copy, images are extremely sharp and CA is almost non-existant. (And with CS2’s new functions, what CA there is is easy to get rid of.) Although this lens’s only downfall is CA, there are copies out there where even this problem is minimized. For a x1.6 camera, such as the 350D, this is a great “50mm” classic prime! “ – by A. Ostrovsky

A good all-around “normal” lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“If you could only carry one lens for your Canon digital SLR, or you wanted to keep your gear to a minimum, this would be the only lens to carry. Of course, you would be limited in your range of photography, i.e. no large groups of people in small spaces; no sports photos. Otherwise, this is a very good lens for all-around photography. “ – by L. Da Vinci

Great price…almost as good lens. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Great price for this 2.8 lens if you do a lot of architectural work. On a crop factor body (I used it on a 30D and 40D), it produces virtually no distortion. Only gripes are that is focuses slow and noisy. “ – by B. Jaber

Sufficient quality and decently fast… | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have been happy with this lens so far, using it on a Canon 30D body. The glass is decent quality, without any significant vignetting. It’s not particularly wide angle, due in part to the 1.3 magnification factor on the 30D, so not great for getting the full room at a party for instance, but works well for landscapes and such…” – by Peter Pallock

Awesome | Rating: ★★★★★
“I can assure you that despite this lens is quite inexpensive and made maily of cheap plastic, it produces wonderful photos! Sharp on all four cornes! Do not buy that Canon 50mm lens if you have a 1.6 crop factor camera such as Canon Xti or Canon 40D because it will become a 80mm! This Canon AF 28mm F/2.8 on a 1.6 crop factor Camera is actually a 44mm and will do the job much better. It is very light and fast.” – by Marcio Jose Bastos Silva

A Really Good Choice for a Budget 28mm Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I like my Canon EFS 60mm f2.8 USM better, but this 28mm f2.8 lens is easily equal to it (just noisier focusing). With both lenses the colors, contrast, and sharpness are excellent.” – by WILLIAM MCLEAN

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Specifications

Designed for Canon SLR cameras, the highly portable Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens offers a terrific price-to-performance ratio. The lens offers a fast f/2.8 aperture that makes it easy to use in low light, providing a bright viewfinder image in the camera. The lens also focuses as close as 10 inches without accessories. And optically, it provides excellent edge-to-edge contrast and sharpness while correcting for linear distortion, ensuring that straight lines in a photographic subject–such as architecture–remain straight. Other features include a 75-degree diagonal angle of view, a 52mm filter diameter, and a one-year warranty.


* Focal length: 28mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 75 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with AFD
* Close focusing distance: 1 foot
* Filter size: 52mm
* Corresponding mounts: Canon
* Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter and 1.7 inches long
* Weight: 6.5 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year

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