Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM goes to the DXO mark shop, comes out pretty unscathed: This Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM is a very good lens, if you are looking for a 28mm lens then really this is the only one that stands out.

"Among Canon’s own lenses the EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM can hold its head high, it performs very well, so is it worth looking further afield too? Carl Zeiss also produces a 28mm lens in Canon fit, their Distagon f2 ZE. Without image stabilization or auto focus this is a lens that needs to perform significantly better to justify costing twice as much: It doesn’t, it actually matches the Canon virtually point for point, it’s only benefit apparently being its wider aperture. However Canon’s image

stabilization installed in their 28mm could more than compensate for this loss of a stop leaving the beautifully built Zeiss lens out on a bit of a limb.

If your search is for a wider than standard lens and you are content to accept something a little less wide then another lens you could add to the shortlist is Sigma’s excellent 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A. Only slightly more expensive than the 28mm Canon lens it boast 2 stops of extra light, enough to be able to capture shallow depth of field if you want to and it does perform very well even wide open. It scores higher in DxOMark tests than any other wide lens for Canon. Of course if you need a 28mm then a 35mm isn’t going to be any good, but this is a lens worth keeping in mind."

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