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CanonEF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens
 
4.5

(based on 446 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (330)
  • Lightweight (274)
  • Consistent output (216)
  • Easily interchangeable (214)
  • Strong construction (208)

Cons

  • Heavy (18)
  • Blurry focus (17)
  • Slow focus (15)
  • Poor in low light (10)
  • Weak casing (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (308)
  • Night photography (199)
  • Landscape/scenery (176)
  • Weddings (159)
  • Video (104)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (153), Semi-pro photographer (119), Pro photographer (60), Casual photographer (49), Enthusiast (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (326), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Lens If you Know How To Drive It.

I've owned this lens for a couple of years now, I've used it in a wide range of situations from street photography, in clubs under very low light to landscape photography under a relentless...Read complete review

I've owned this lens for a couple of years now, I've used it in a wide range of situations from street photography, in clubs under very low light to landscape photography under a relentless Australian sun. This lens can produce wonderful images, but it can also punish you with mediocre results if you are not technically proficient. I personally would not recommend shooting landscape on a bright sunny day without a lens hood and below an aperture of f5.6 with any lens and certainly not with this one you, will be sorely disappointed :)
I find that this lens is acceptably sharp in the centre at f1.8 and very sharp in the centre by f4. If you are shooting in low light it's fine at f1.8; a lot of people seem to be complaining about it being soft, well given, it's not razor sharp at this aperture, but on looking at some of my photos I see a very narrow depth of field and I think a lot of people don't realise that perfectly nailing focus is very critical with a lens like this. I'm using this lens on a Canon 5d mk2 with the ef-s focussing screen installed; the standard focussing screen on this camera can only show a depth of field equivalent to f2.8, but the ef-s screen allows me to see exactly what's going on and I can then manually tweak the focus to where I want it to be.
Speaking of focus, the lens is silent and it is very fast, I have no complaints there! I think the Bokeh is quite good, but not great; though given it's a wide angle lens, I'm quite happy with it. The build quality of the lens is pretty good, a cut above the Canon 50mm f1.4. It has a very useful depth of field scale; I often use it to pre-focus, when I'm using this lens for street photography. The manual focus is smooth and all focussing is done internally.
All in all, I find this to be a very useful lens for street, interior and low light photography; it's usable for landscape photography at f8, though the corners never really catch up to the centre in terms of resolution. So if landscape photography is your main aim, I would probably recommend you purchase the new 28mm f2.8 IS instead. As they say, different horses for different courses!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too soft wide open

I purchased this lens as a replacement for the wide side of the Tamron 28-75, after I sold the Tamron. Not only did I want to replicate that wide focal length, I...Read complete review

I purchased this lens as a replacement for the wide side of the Tamron 28-75, after I sold the Tamron. Not only did I want to replicate that wide focal length, I wanted something faster indoors for winter shots of my kids, but I do not need L glass for snapshots around the house.

I was very disappointed in the performance of this lens when shooting wide open. It was better at 2.2 and 2.8, but by the time I got to a reasonable level of sharpness, it was no faster than the 28mm 2.8, which sells for less than half the price of this lens.

I ended up returning this lens and getting the Canon 35mm 2.0, and I find the quality of the 35 to be much better than the 28 1.8, and it more closely approximates my 50mm 1.4.

I would not recommend this lens.

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5.0

Best Lens Ever

By Bran Flakes

from Old Bridge, NJ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

    Perfect lens. Not too wide. Not too zoomed. Awesome.

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    • No

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    4.0

    too much

    By Wesley de Araújo

    from Rio de Janeiro, BR

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

      you can use in many moment's

      best for social event's

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Just the workhorse lens I needed

      By Catbus

      from Chicago

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Street photography

        Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

        I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with a 1.6x crop factor, so 28mm is a normal lens for me. The 18–55mm kit zoom lens gives me all the wide-to-normal range and most of the aperture that I'd want, but it's so light, and the camera body is so heavy, that I can't use it for shooting from the waist (a street photography technique that I've employed for years), because the camera flips up and aims into the air. Also, the markings on the kit lens don't indicate where to set a true-normal focal length. (Online photos of the lens show a dot on the zoom ring, but my lens doesn't have it.) And besides, there's a certain discipline involved in shooting with a fixed focal length.

        This lens is a teensy bit pricey, but having put it through its paces, I'd never part with it. Working with it is like working with my beloved old Minolta X-700, but with autofocus for when I'm shooting at very wide apertures. Everything is crisp and gorgeous, with no image or color distortion that I can see. On a recent trip out of town, I shot more than 900 frames in four days, and I'd say at least two-thirds of them were with this lens. The results, especially with a circular polarizing filter, were most satisfactory.

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        5.0

        In love

        By Karlushis

        from Dominican Republic

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

          Im in loooooooove!!! I love this lens, my photos looks great and the lens material is perfect.

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          4.0

          Does its job

          By c the photog

          from Los Angeles, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

          Great lens for a wider angle than the common 50mm or even the 35mm.

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          5.0

          Greatness

          By Paul

          from Alvarado, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                The images captures through this lens are great. The price also was great. Overall it is a great lens that will help you get great pictures.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Awesome

                By floridacracker

                from lochloosa Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                  Great for night time Shooting.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great lens for the price

                  By ATL Tom

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                  I have been shooting with this lens around NYC for a couple weeks now. I have been shooting friends and landscapes alike. I use a Canon, t3i/600D, so it's somewhere around 45mm with that 1.6 crop factor, making it a perfect carry-around lens.

                  Its ability to open to 1.8 is ideal for shooting in low light, and the photos it takes there are wonderful. In well-lit shallow depth-of-field photos, there is a good bit of fringing on blurred edges, but it doesn't bother me much (if I were a professional, maybe I'd care -- but I'd also have bought a lens that cost more than this one). The only thing it could use is IS for those low light, slow shutter situations. But at the price, I think it's unbeatable.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens!

                  By MinAZ

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                    I've read several reviews that this lens has problem with focus, softness, and CA. I only found the CA to be true, at least in my testing. The lens is fast and sharp, and with proper technique is even sharp at f/1.8. That is quite the accomplishment. The color issue with this lens is regrettable but at least (partially) fixable post-processing. But for the price, this is a superb lens.

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                    5.0

                    Love this lense!

                    By KateG

                    from Illinois

                    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                    I love this lense! It takes great pictures and is built very well.

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                    4.0

                    Great lense, great price

                    By Upstart photographer

                    from Texas

                    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                    I have really enjoyed this lense. I'm using it on my canon rebel t2i and am very pleased with the sharpness of the images. I wish I had the budget to get the L series lense but this one is definitely a good second best. I was also very pleased to get it a day earlier than expected. Great customer service from B&H!

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Lens

                    By Julie

                    from Waveland, MS

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                      Tack sharp and quick autofocus. A perfect lens for low-light, indoor shooting. Similar in body feel to my 50mm 1.4, so it makes for an easy transition between the two. I highly recommend this lens.

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                      5.0

                      LOVE this lens

                      By Davy B

                      from Bartlett, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                          This one would get 6 stars from me. This lens constantly impresses me. It's a breeze to operate, never misses a shot or distracts you, and the output is consistently pleasing for me. 1.8 gathers a ton of light and produces a hazy veil typical for very large apertures, and I really like the dreamy etherreal effect it provides (when the subject calls for this). Stop down and all you get are ultra-sharp, perfectly focused images. I shoot it on the 7D so it's a very natural field of view at 45mm equivalent. The bokeh is great, in particular it provides pleasing light circles for each point of light in your field of view when wide open. Street shooting by day, by night, portrait, this can do it all with flying colors. This lens is FANTASTIC. Also it obviously has all the advantages of primes. Last thing: I obviously debated about the f/2.8 IS newer version but chose the "old" one for its larger aperture and already great reviews. I have no regret!! The newer stabilized f/2.8 is probably fantastic too and I would consider it for video (stabilizer).

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great affordable lens

                          By LRG

                          from OSwego IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                            So far I really love this lens. My 50mm 1.4 is great, but I needed something that wasn't so tight during my sessions with more than 1 person. Very happy with it and the focus is crisp.

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                            2.0

                            too soft

                            By Strizce

                            from Arcata, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Not sharp
                            • Soft focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

                            Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                            Its a nice lens to have for the wide mm and big app but the quality is soo poor at 1.8. The max I use it at is 2.0 now.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens Upgrade From Kit Lenses.

                            By Dave

                            from Georgetown, KY

                            Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                            Great lens to learn more about photography. A lot more under the hood than the standard kit lens that makes for a learning curve. But isn't that what photography is all about? If you aren't interested in learning, buy a point and click. Have not experienced issues such as purple fringe or edge distortion as I have previously read about. Good solid feel.

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                            4.0

                            Great Lens! Just What I Needed

                            By gbphotovideo

                            from Raleigh, NC

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Video

                              Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                              So I've shot a few things using this lens since I first purchases it, and so far so good. I'm using a cropped body DSLR at the moment, so what I like about this lens is that I can use it when/if I upgrade to a Full Body model. It's a semi-weighty lens for it's size, but I think it's definitely more durable than that the lenses that are just made of plastic. The bokeh with this lens is great. What I enjoy about it is the low f-stop so I can shoot video in low light settings. Because this is a wider lens, I can get less bokeh than say a 50mm with the same f-stop of 1.8, which requires less drastic focusing.

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                              5.0

                              Great Lens Very fast

                              By Dr Foto

                              from greatfalls mt

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                  great lens fast shipping I do a lot of night photography this is the best for night its 44mm on my D60 thanks again for best price out there
                                  and severe

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                                  5.0

                                  Great lens

                                  By Chris

                                  from Indiana

                                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                  Perfect for low light photos!

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                                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great lens for the price

                                  By Tommy Von Voigt

                                  from Brooklyn, NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • not fast enough

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                  This is definitely a great lens for the price. The AF works great and the build quality is solid.

                                  I purchased this lens in my quest for a fast, wide-angle prime. It did the job well, but I ended up replacing it with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, since I found myself preferring that focal length and the wider aperture.

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