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CanonEF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens
 
4.5

(based on 455 reviews)

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    (286)

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    (141)

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    (14)

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    (10)

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    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (335)
  • Lightweight (280)
  • Consistent output (221)
  • Easily interchangeable (217)
  • Strong construction (212)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (313)
  • Night photography (202)
  • Landscape/scenery (178)
  • Weddings (160)
  • Video (107)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (156), Semi-pro photographer (122), Pro photographer (61), Casual photographer (49), Enthusiast (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (334), 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

Great for photo and video

By Tim

from Seattle, WA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Sharp

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Before purchasing this lens, I primarily shot with Canon's 50mm and 85mm lenses. I bought this 28mm to have a wider prime to add to the set.

    So far I've used this for low-light video and outdoor automotive photography - it's performed very well! I've been impressed with its sharpness and clarity.

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    5.0

    Nice addition

    By Nicole

    from Wisconsin

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

    This lens provides a nice, different perspective from my others (50, 100). I am able to get so much in every shot, which is especially nice when trying to shoot indoors in the winter. I wluld recommend this lens to others.

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    5.0

    Great purchase

    By This Girl Chris

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video

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

      Bought this lens to film a documentary that would often be set in low lighting. Worked very well and was glad that it did not distort the image too much. I've only had it a couple weeks but so far I'm very happy with it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      It's a best deal!!!

      By Starfish

      from Little Ferry, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I'm using this EF 28mm f/1.8 Lens for the church.
            It's great lens. This lens is so clear & bright.
            I like it so much.
            And another point I like is, the lens is not a plastic, it's a glass. So it's much clear.
            Thanks to B&H. It's really best lens.

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            4.0

            It's ok

            By KatPhoto

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Let me preface this by saying - I think a 28mm is an essential in a photographer's toolkit. Much like a carpenter has a hammer, a screwdriver, etc, a photographer should have a 28mm, 50mm, and if you're lucky a wide angle and zoom telephoto.

              That being said I am pretty indifferent about this lens. I thought it would replace my 17-40mm as my default lens but it's not quite wide enough. And honestly for travel photography I haven't felt the dire urgency for anything larger than f/4 - to keep most elements in the frame in focus.

              For portraits, anything staged, tight shots, there are many pluses to this lens - the auto focus is very fast and spot on (as it should be ... f/1.8 leaves minimal room for error..!), the larger aperture ranges collects a lot of light in low-light situations, Gaussian blur... Still, to be completely honest I was expecting to be completely blown away by the upgrade in performance from the 50mm f/1.8 (which costs 1/5 the price of this one) - which has yet to happen.

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              4.0

              Great lens!

              By Gcosta

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I just purchase this lens and it has added a lot to my world! Great focus, easy to use! It is a must for your camera!

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Lens

                  By Tim in NC

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video

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

                    I really needed a low-light "standard" focal length for my T4i crop sensor. This lens was not the first one I ordered, but the Sigma 30mm 1.4. It wasn't so much the 2/3 stop of light but the rave reviews online. The Sigma could not focus at all even at 6 feet so I ordered the Sigma USB dock. I was able to get about 40% of the pictures to get in focus even at f/1.8--the rest were either front or rear focused. This was on a tripod with a stationary object. I sent that one back and ordered this Canon lens. The first 10 shots I took with the same test were all in focus, no need to adjust anything with a USB dock either. The image quality is about the same as the sigma (a bit soft even in the center and significant CA wide open). It's still very usable if you are not looking at 100% crops (then just buy some L glass if you need that). At this price, I think it's definitely worth it. I didn't want to go with 35mm especially in tight quarters. The only thing I would add to this lens is image stabilization. Bokeh is a little odd at times, but still acceptable to me.

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                    4.0

                    A nice wide, walk-around option

                    By CZ

                    from New York

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

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

                      I was looking to lighten my bag, and enable myself to use my 5DII when I'm just roaming the city, running errands, heading to/from work, or going out with friends ... just have it in my shoulder bag. This hits the mark. With the extra stops, it's also great in low-light situations. I do find the colors to be crisper on my two L lenses, but after a minute or two in post-editing, and I doubt anyone could ever tell the difference.

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                      5.0

                      Great Wide-Angle Lens

                      By Michael

                      from Glarus, Switzerland

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I enjoy landscape photography, and am using this one along with the 10-22mm for those bigger views.

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                        • No

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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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                          (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          too much

                          By Wesley de Araújo

                          from Rio de Janeiro, BR

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          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

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                            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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                                • No

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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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