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CanonEF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 44 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (27)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)
  • Nice bokeh (14)

Cons

  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night photography (13)
  • Video (11)
  • Weddings (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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4.0

A good lens

By wgvalle-peacephoto

from Yauco, PR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

Sharp and light lens.
not giving 5 stars cause the construction.

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5.0

Sharp and fast

By EJ

from Seattle

Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

This is the sharpest lens I have ever owned, not just from Canon but also compared to other prime lenses from Pentax, Nikon, and Fuji. It focuses fast too but that's expected of a wide angle lens. It fits perfectly when you cradle the camera in your left hand unlike many flimsy zoom lenses that feel like there are a million small plastic parts about to break at any moment. The image stabilization works well, keeps you out of trouble down to about 1/8 second, very handy for indoor shots or after sunset shots.

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5.0

May Be The Best Lens I Have

By Islandhopper3

from Key Largo, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

I was a little concerned about the lens being "only" f2.8, but this lens is nothing short of fabulous. Beautiful color, sharp as a scalpel, IS, and able to capture it all indoors, as well as out. This is the prime I've been looking for, and has taken first place in my kit from my 35mm f2.0.

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5.0

Wonderful Lens

By Asher

from Seattle, Wa

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

This a great lens, and the quick focus/stabilizer have made it a go to for video.

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5.0

EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

By Steve

from Hanover, MA

Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

I got this lens to use with my glidecam and I am very pleased with the purchase. Not too wide of an angle, no distortion at the edges. Just right.

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5.0

I love this Lens

By JLM

from WI

About Me Photography Student

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM 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.

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    5.0

    High quality, compact lens

    By James King

    from Willits CA

    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

    I have had this lens about a year. It has not received the recognition it deserves. It is sharp and has IS. I use on both a full frame (5d III) and on crop body (7d II and SL1). On a SL 1 it's about as minimalist as you can get. A truly great street lens which produces high quality images. I take the SL1 / 28 mm combo hiking and have produced some of my favorite images. A good travel lens. Always in my bag.

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    5.0

    Great travel lens on crop body

    By James King

    from Willits CA

    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

    I bought this lens about a year ago. I mainly use it on my SL1, which is perfect for travel. The 28 mm f/2.8 IS ends up being a normal lens on a crop body. Excellent image quality, light weight, inconspicuous.

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    5.0

    A beautiful every day lens

    By M.Kanka

    from Vancouver, B.C.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

      I use this lens most of the time on my Canon 7D Mark II (before that on my 7D) and I love it for its size. It is the perfect walk around lens. The lens is sharp, even wide open and therefore its fast enough in low light conditions.

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      • No

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      5.0

      nice

      By digicat

      from illinois

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

          nice wide angle lens with low light capability

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Old and Great

          By JP

          from Canton, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

            Realizing that most DSLR are big and heavy, I decided not to upgrade, but put together a small, light and fun camera. The end results was a Canon SL1, EF 28mm F2.8 IS lens and 270 Flash. Great pictures and video, and fun to use and carry around.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Lens

            By PP Photographer

            from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

            I am using this on my Rebel 650. It's a great combo for having a nice lightweight camera lens combo to pack along easily. I am very pleased with the quality of the images. In general, I have a lot more keepers that have the clarity that i just don't seem to get with my zooms ( 24-105 and 16-35). I took a long time for me to decide between the 24, 28 and 35 and I'm very happy with this on a crop sensor. I might consider the 35 2.0 next for either my Rebel or full frame Canon. My wife, who loves to use this camera and lens, took this with her for her work to do some photography for a VIP visit and I was very impressed that she got so many wonderful photos without that much experience as a photographer. That, in itself, is a great testament to the value of this lens. Bought the Vello lens hood and it's also excellent.

            I bought this primarily for taking photos of my now one year old son. It delivers well in low light.

            I am currently living in SE Asia and kudos to B and H for getting this lens to my 'courier' so quickly before her departure from the USA. Impossible to find this lens here as it is not that popular.

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            5.0

            As advertised

            By Tony

            from Hilton New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

              One of the smoothest lens I own.
              Great for Portrait and landscapes shots
              very pleased with the product.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My favorite lens

              By Joe

              from Greensboro, NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                  This is quickly becoming my favorite lens on my Canon 7D. It gives a more personal feel to portraits without distortion. Excellent image. Reasonable price. And, as always, excellent service from B&H.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Amazing for value

                  By Jonah

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                  Beautiful image, the stabilization in a prime lens is extremely helpful, useful, and works perfectly. The only major downside is that because it's only f/2.8 (compared to most prime lenses, that are f/1.8 or lower), it doesn't have the best low light performance, but it's certainly not terrible, and much better than most zoom lenses.

                  Overall, for the price, it's an incredibly buy, and especially with the OIS.

                  Also, it's very well made and feels high quality.

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                  (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Night lens

                  By Kaveh

                  from New york

                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                  This really good lens for taking pics at night

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                  (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I'd highly recommend this lens

                  By Elva DG

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                  Great for all around photography. I have a Canon that has a 1.6 crop factor, and this lens therefore acts like a 35mm f2.8. The IS is great to have, especially for video, and I would highly recommend for photo-journalistic style shooting.

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                  5.0

                  Great for low light!

                  By PhotoJenic

                  from California

                  Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                  I do a lot of professional theater photography and the low f stop on this lens is great! I can shoot at ISO 800 down at f2.8 but depth of filed is shallow. I need to experiment more with the ISO settings but love the feel! It is heavier than my 18-55 but I can tell it from the thicker, higher quality glass. I plan on doing night sky photography with this lens due to the low light capability and the infinity focus setting, a feature I have never had on a lens before! I am so looking forward to portraits too and will be excited to see what I can do with it!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent lens

                  By Roots and Feathers

                  from Texas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                    So far this is the best lens I have owned to date. Super crisp. Love that I can get shots indoors in tighter spaces than with my 50mm. Love!

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Lens!

                    By carissa

                    from denver, colorado

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                      I purchased this to go with my 50mm 1.4 & my 85mm 1.8. I could not decide if I wanted a 28mm fixed or a 24-70mm. I went with the 28mm. Used this for engagement photos in the mountains here in Colorado and they turned out amazing. It's very fast & light weight - great for portraits and landscapes! Cannot wait to use this for long exposures

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