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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
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Initial Price: 
$510
  • Aspherical lens element
  • Super Spectra coating
  • 7 aperture blades
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Overview

Description by Canon;

The design of the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM provides a balance between affordability and optical performance, while its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture permits hand-held shooting in low light.

  • Wide 75° angle of view on full-frame cameras
  • Fast f/1.8 aperture
  • USM focus motor with full-time manual focus override
  • 25cm closest focusing distance
  • Aspherical lens element
  • 58mm filter size

A classic wide-angle focal length with a wide maximum aperture for low light shooting.

Fast and wide
The lens' large maximum aperture of f/1.8 ensures photographers can use fast shutter speeds in a variety of different lighting conditions, and blur backgrounds by controlling depth of field. An aspherical lens element corrects distortion and ensures the image is sharp across the frame.
When fitted to EOS cameras with APS-C sized sensors, the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM offers a field of view equivalent to a 45mm lens on a full-frame camera, making this an ideal fast-aperture standard lens.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

 

Integration with E-TTL II flash metering
The EF 28mm f/1.8 USM passes distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering.

Reviews

Gary Wolstenholme reviews this lens on a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III body:

If ever there was a case for updating an old lens design, then this is a pretty strong one. At apertures faster than f/2.8, this lens could be considered unusable, that is unless you're after a hazy, soft focus effect. With the lens stopped down, it can yield pleasing results, but then if this lens can only be used stopped down, it may be worth saving your £380 to put towards a high quality zoom in the same range, or any other alternative, for that matter.

Post date: 23/08/2012 - 00:00

"We tested this lens shortly after we shot the Canon 28mm f/2.8, and found a lot of similarity between the two. As you'd expect, the f/1.8 isn't as sharp wide open as the f/2.8 lens is, f/1.8 being so much larger an aperture than f/2.8 is. At f/1.8, this lens shows a lot of softness in the corners, even on a sub-frame

Post date: 09/02/2012 - 00:00

"Released back in 1995 the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM is one of the few relatively new fix-focal in the lower focal length range that we've seen in the last years. Regarding its release date it is obviously a full frame lens. On APS-C DSLRs it has a field-of-view equivalent to a classic 45mm lens so it can be

Post date: 08/02/2012 - 14:48

"The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens is soft wide open. Stop the aperture down to f/2.8 and the center becomes sharp. Mid-frame performance (on a full frame DSLR) is softer - even stopped down. Corner performance does not degrade much (if any) over the mid-frame results. I'm disappointed by the sharpness delivered from this lens. It's not what I expected. 

Post date: 30/01/2008 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$510
Release Date: 
09/1995
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
12.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
2.0 TStop
Distortion: 
0.30%
Vignetting: 
-1.7 EV
Chr. aberration: 
19.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
28mm
Angle of view: 
65°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
10 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
7 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.25m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
73.0mm
Length: 
55.0mm
Weight: 
310.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
58mm
Lens Hood included: 
No

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