Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM 35mm Primes

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EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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agphotography   Professional [Sep 21, 2009]
Strength:

F/1.8 is a definitely bonus!
Fast AF
Decent build quality
Not too expensive
Works on any EF-Mount camera.

Weakness:

Could be a tad bit sharper wide open (fixable in post production however)
Small amounts of CA can be seen at wide apertures (also correctable)
Plastic vs. metal construction (personal preference)

I have discovered a hidden gem in the canon EF lens lineup! The EF 28mm f/1.8 USM lens has never really received exceptional praise or glowing reviews. I honestly don't know why!


On digital SLRs (namely full frame and 1.6x bodies) it's perfect for available light photography.

On the 5DmkII this lens is an excellent street shooter, 28mm is one of the classic focal lengths to use in photojournalism. Plus having f/1.8 for lower light is just wonderful.

On the 40D/50D/etc. this lens becomes a 45mm (effectively) which is a great normal focal length.

Overall, this lens is an exceptional value for anyone, it's inexpensive, sharp, fast. What's not to love?

Customer Service

I've dealt with canon service in Irvine and they are always wonderful.

Similar Products Used: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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psyrens   Intermediate [Mar 16, 2009]
Strength:

fastest 28mm lens on the market, nicely built, fast and reliable AF

Weakness:

heavy color fringing at high contrast edges.

Well, I don't want to repeat other review's comment. I just added one thing.
This lens is generally nice, but the big problem is heavy color fringing.
When I take shots in high contrast conditions, it almost always shows red on left and green on right at every aperture.
This is bad because those kind of high contrast situation is very common when shooting landscape. The most common situation is trees with sky in background.
Also, at wide apertures green smears at high contrast edges.
This makes the image looks cheap, especially in print.
Beside that, this is nice lens: fastest 28mm lens on the market, nicely built, fast and reliable AF etc.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Lthlwpn1979   Intermediate [Jul 15, 2003]
Strength:

Great apperature capabilities Fast USM Very sharp pictures Good balance and look Internal focusing keeps lens small 58mm filters easy to find

Weakness:

Canon could be nice and begin to include hoods with their lenses like almost everybody else.

For working outdoors, this is a great lens for scenary shots. I have had no problems with abberation, no vignetting with Heliopan slim filters, and no flaring with the proper hood (which is conviently sold sererately). It balances nice on my Rebel and looks nice too. The autofocus USM is quick and fairly accurate unless in deep woods (there's always that 1 twig!). The lense does not extend while focusing which helps prevent dust getting inside. The lense is small, only about 2 inches, so it fits into a vest pocket with plenty of room for film. The body is VERY sturdy and manual focusing is geared well.

Customer Service

not neeeded

Similar Products Used: Canon fd 50mm
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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George Wada   Professional [Jun 27, 2000]
Model Reviewed: EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Strength:

Great lens for available light photography. With a combo of 28, 50 and 85 1.8 lens, you can duplicate the more expensive 28-70L lens at less cost.

Weakness:

None, other than it is not all inclusive as a 28-70L lens.

A great fast lens at an affordable price.

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used: Vivitar 19-35/3.5-4.5 EF
Canon 28-105/3.5-4.5 EF
Canon 28-70/3.5-4.5ll EF
Canon 50/1.8 MK1 EF
Canon 85/1.8
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4

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