Overview

Description by Canon:

Portable and affordable, the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is an ideal all-purpose wide-angle lens for full frame cameras, and a high-quality, compact standard lens on DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors.

Features

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 . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM prime lens full-frame review at Lens Tests:

Gil De Sousa tests this lens in conjunction with a 5D Mark III camera body

"The EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a compact and well-built prime lens with a common wide-angle focal length, a good maximum aperture and a modern image stabilizer that compensates up to 4 f-stops. While the image stabilizer sounds great one has to consider that it's not as necessary in wide-angle lenses as it is in telephoto lenses - but I still appreciate it. The lens is best used indoors or for architecture and landscape photography. When using the lens with an APS-C camera the resulting effective focal length of 45 mm is close to a standard / normal lens and thus can be used for a whole variety of things. . . . read more

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM prime lens full-frame review at EPZ: "The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens has outstanding sharpness, low CA and distortion"

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the lens with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Dslr body:

At £700, this lens could be considered quite expensive for a prime lens with an f/2.8 maximum aperture, even with silent focusing and image stabilisation. Canon's other 28mm lens costs around £380 and sports a faster f/1.8 maximum aperture, but no image stabilisationThird party offerings at the same focal length include Sigma's 28mm f/1.8 EX DG. Although this lens lack silent focusing and image stabilisation, it does have a faster maximum aperture and can be picked up for around £360Those with a taste for the exotc, and deep pockets to match, may also consider the Zeiss ZE Distagon 28mm f/2 T* lens. This lens has a fast f/2 maximum aperture, but lacks autofocus, image stabilisation and any electronic coupling with the camera. Even though it is quite . . . read more

Canon reveals two new primes: EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

We saw leaked pictures of these two yesterday, now we get the rest of the story too. The original lenses replaced by these new primes are some of the oldest in the Canon line-up, hailing from the 80ies. So, what's todays target market? The typical professional shooter is nowadays more or less forced to go with a zoom (like a 16-35mm f/2.8 or the new 24-70mm f/2.8) or some L primes for a variety of reasons. Similar high quality zooms and much cheaper primes are available to amateur shooters as well. I suppose Canon is well aware of these facts and chooses to release the new primes for the left over niche market as well as for historical reasons. . . . read more

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