Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Review

August 2, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Ceri Jones

Fast and ‘quite’ ?

9:56 pm - Tuesday, August 7, 2012

#2 matt

I remain unconvinced. I don’t understand why the addition of USM and IS, both of which are mature technologies with the R&D long since paid off, should triple the cost of a not-terribly-wide and not-terribly-fast non-L prime. This lens should be in the $350-$400 range, max.

4:51 pm - Thursday, September 13, 2012

#3 Colin Crabtree

I agree, at this price point it is ridiculous. I would expect at least f/1.4 at this price and something a bit special.

I’ve got a 28mm f/2.8 arriving tomorrow mint condition second hand for £120!

I couldn’t even nearly justify this price.

10:18 pm - Monday, October 22, 2012

#4 David Nimrod

Simply too expensive!

I have the 28mm f1.8 (who needs IS..?)

It cost me a lot less than this.

11:26 pm - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

#5 Kirk

The image quality itself was worth the purchase for me.
The IS and low weight/size combo is an absolute bonus.

12:10 pm - Friday, December 14, 2012

#6 Robin

I love the disparaging “not terribly wide” comment. I suppose you would label a 50mm lens as “neither a telephoto nor even a wide angle”, or a 35 mm “not even moderately wide”, and so on. How silly is that? A 28mm is a lens that is a focal length that is demonstrably wide angle and yet does not produce overly distorted images of people at normal distances, nor does it require a lot of imagination in filling foreground spaces, which to my mind makes it a very useful lens for general use. Likewise the improvement in image quality over the original 28/2.8 makes it a substantial improvement - and there is IS too! There is also no reason why such a lens should cost $300-400. That is what the original one cost. Why do you not think it reasonable you should pay more given it is now 2012 instead of 1990 or so when the original 28/2.8 came out? Current price is about $620.

8:43 pm - Thursday, December 27, 2012

#7 Kirk

Well said Robin

This glass is every bit worth it in my opinion.
I have only “L” series prime lenses (14LII, 35L, 50L, 85LII, 135L, and 300L)

This 28mm is my first non “L” lens.
Image quality is superb from 2.8 up…crisp bright sharp and excellent control of aberrations.

I use this lens for portraits and people, so the heavy vignetting at 2.8 is perfect for my needs. The image stabiliser has saved me when I have not had a tripod…brilliant addition.

$620-$650 is very cheap for such a quality piece of glass…I suppose, people want things for nothing these days…

3:12 am - Friday, December 28, 2012

#8 James Alexander

The 2.8 with IS works out faster than the 28mm 1.8. Remember children the image stabilization allows for an extra four stops of light, meaning an aperture of f2.8 has an equivalence of f0.7. Being overly precious about depth of field on a wide angle lens is asinine. There’s more to taking photos than blurring out the background I’m afraid.

9:14 am - Saturday, April 20, 2013

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