Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

B&H # CA2828ISEF MFR # 5179B002
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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon 28mm f/2.8 overview

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A practical and versatile prime, the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens from Canon pairs the wide-angle focal length with sophisticated autofocus capabilities as well as image stabilization. The optical design utilizes one aspherical element to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for high sharpness, and a Super Spectra coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy. Benefitting the optics is a four-stop-effective Image Stabilizer, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld images. Also, a ring-type USM realizes quick, quiet, and smooth autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override.

Wide-angle 28mm f/2.8 lens is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 44.8mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also permits working with shallow depth of field techniques.
One aspherical element helps to suppress spherical aberrations and distortion for a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
UPC: 013803134193
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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Canon 28mm f/2.8 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 28mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 75°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.06" / 23 cm
    Magnification 0.23x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.35
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.69 x 2.03" / 68.4 x 51.5 mm
    Weight 9.17 oz / 260 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.8 x 4.55"

    Canon 28mm f/2.8 reviews

    EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 50.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As sharp as it gets This new 28mm IS USM lens is about as good as it gets, image sharpness wise on Canon SLRs. On a crop sensor (APS C) body it works out to a 44.8mm lens, in 35mm format terms. That's almost exactly what your eye sees and was once considered the "normal" focal length in 35mm photography. If you read any of the many reviews online, it out performs even the 1.8 (non IS) version, which is much older technology. CA is really low here, almost non-existent. Distortion is low, especially for this focal length. If you go with this len's 24mm brother, you will gain more CA, more corner softness and more distortion. You just can't beat this lens. Yes it's not as versatile as a zoom (I also have the 15-85 IS USM Canon lens) but man, is this 28mm tack sharp. If you really care about image quality, you can't beat a prime lens, and this 28mm IS USM is the lens to beat.
    Date published: 2014-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent companion to Canon SL1 This is a compact and very high quality lens which has Image Stabilization - unusual in a wide angle. Although Canon probably intended this for movies for full frame DSLR, it is also an excellent fit to my tiny SL1 for walking around. Small physically but with better angle of view than the pancake 40 mm lens, this is the equivalent of 45 mm, just about perfect for general use. I recommend this over the 24mm IS 2.8 lens, which is similar but larger, lower optical quality, and too wide for general use.
    Date published: 2013-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this Lens I love this lens, especially for the money. I'm an intermediate level, and now have several L lenses in my pack. Don't be deterred this is not an L series. It's a steal piece of glass at this price point. It's quiet, IS is very effective, AF fairly quick. There is good reason this lens has a constant 5 star rating. You will be very happy with the performance of this lens, guaranteed. I love it.
    Date published: 2016-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and fast-focusing A very light, moderately wide, very sharp lens with fast autofocus. I got a little spoiled with L lenses, but there are times when something smaller and lighter is preferable (pointing an L lens at someone can be sort of like pointing a bazooka at them, especially the F/2.8 zooms - not for the faint of heart), and that is where the new 28mm IS lens fits in. It may not be as sturdy as the 35mm L, but it focuses just as fast, and has IS to compensate for 1/4 as much light it lets in at the widest aperture. I first tried to go light with the 40mm pancake, but the AF on that lens was way too slow. IS on the 28mm helps a lot in low light, while keeping reasonable depth of field (the L lens often has to be stopped down to make sure more of the subject is in focus, negating its bright aperture advantage). Downsides: vignette seems to be quite heavy wide open; or at least peripheral illumination correction makes images A LOT brighter. Distortion is pretty minimal, so vignetting is the only significant downside of the Canon 28mm IS F/2.8 lens.
    Date published: 2013-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new lens to go - Canon 28m 2.8IS I have a Canon 7D and this lens is so close to what standard 50mm is for the crop sensor (44.8mm). I am using for street photography, as you normally don't need 1.4 or 1.8 appertures for street photography, because is very sharp, great in low light and easy to shoot on the fly, as the IS really helps you shoot a lot slower that normal (I have success with speeds as low as 1/10). I previously owned the Sigma 30mm 1.4 and I was missing this focal distance then I chosed the new Canon 28mm 2.8IS and no regreats at all. The lens is small and light so you can carry all day long. The only showstopper was the price but now you can fond it here in B&H with a lower proce making it very attractive option.
    Date published: 2013-06-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great lens for video I shoot mostly video on a 5d mark iii and 60d. This lens worked out great. Because it's so light and it has the image stabilizer I was able to do some great hand held work. (With the help of a monopod) Would be great if it was a little faster but 2.8 is still pretty good. Nice Bokeh. Also the lens seemed very sharp so it was easy to catch focus on the fly. I noticed some bedning or distortion on the edges but i was able to live with it. Also it's not the best build but I guess it's a trade off for the lightweirght. This was my best over the holidays purchase from b&h for sure.
    Date published: 2013-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an EXCELLENT LENS !!! I did think about the 28mm 1.8 initially it was the correct price and affordable to me, but then I thought this newly release 28mm with IS is well mated to a Canon 5D Mark III (with the newest firmware). The IS gains you 2-3 stops, plus with a 5D you get great ISO sensitivity anyway. The lens is light, small, easy, and very accurate focusing (I tested the focus against my LensAlign Long Ruler kit and it was spot on with center focus and wide area also. Yeah I know Canon does not give you a case (no big deal) but a hood for this lens is a must so I got a Vello for about 1/3 the price of a Canon. Over all a great shooter its proving to be an asset along with my Canon 24-105mm and 70-200mm. Is it expensive well yes a Great price*for what I paid for this it comes close to being quality of a L Red Line lens.
    Date published: 2013-06-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent for high quality travel pictures For starters some background: In June this year I bought the new 40mm pancake which reminded me that prime lenses are preferable in many cases. Their discrete size and the lightweight prove beneficial when walking around; but also the fact that they force not to be lazy about image composition I like. . Whilst the 40mm is so affordable that it was a risk free just-for-fun purchase, this is certainly not true for the 28mm. It is simply expensive. Up to now I keep wondering what else I could have bought for the money. . The key question is, is it worth that price? My first thought when I got it was 'what a bore'; it is rather unexciting in particular when mounted on my 5DII (the pancake is different in this respect). But how does it perform? . And that is excellent. Sharpness is just great starting at f2.8; you may find reviews stating that full open the extreme borders show some problems, but these are minimal - they appear just a bit softer. Remember, this is a wide angle lens! Chromatic errors are nearly absent. Color rendition is good as well, albeit perhaps a bit cool. The stabilizer works as advertised, although at 100% I can see some blurring as of 1/6th. Vignetting (up to f4.5) and distortion are visible, but readily corrected in Lightroom. . However correct the distortion? Any wide angle lens distorts a face towards the outer edges by their extreme perspective. However the distortion characteristic of this lens tends to mitigate this effect... I will not correct such images, I like the distortion characteristic of this lens! . This lens really shows its benefits when shooting video. Although I am not into video and the 5DII remains a bit awkward for this purpose I've shot my most professional looking videos since I purchased this lens. . For me the bottom line is that is does what I want it to do. It is a lightweight walk around lens which handles low light well and has excellent image quality. I bought it for travel photography and that is what it is excellent for. The price? Well, I will forget about it once in the future.
    Date published: 2013-02-24
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