Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

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Shot with the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM:

Hundertwasser building in Darmstadt, Germany  (28mm, f/11.0, 1/200s, ISO 100, Full Frame)  © Gil De Sousa



EF 28mm
f/2.8 IS USM

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.

The lens offers good image quality - sharpness is great straight from f/2.8 and there is only a small amount of barrel distortion visible. My lab tests have shown that color fringes both in focused parts of the image and in out-of-focus areas are visible but compared with its immediate peers the lens's performance is quite respectable. There is no curvature of the focal plane but corner shadows are very intense and they are visible even stopped-down.

The EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is similarly priced to the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM but costs a lot more than the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM which offers an even better maximum aperture (which is great for available light photography) but lacks an image stabilizer and cannot compete with the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM's good image quality.

Chances are you already own a zoom lens covering the same focal length in which case you are probably most interested in the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM for its good image quality, compact size and the maximum aperture of f/2.8.

Is this lens for you? I think it really depends on how you configure your kit. If you have use for the focal length / aperture combination the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM's rugged build quality and good image quality will leave no regrets.

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Further Information


-Data table

NameCanon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
Model year2012
Market price (Germany)€ 699
Market price (USA)$ 799
CompatibilityCompatible with full frame cameras
Lens typePrime (fixed focal length)
Aperture range at shortest focal lengthf/2.8 to f/22
Aperture range at longest focal lengthn.a.
Model No.?
Number of aperture blades7
Aperture blades are circular?Yes
Has image stabilization?Yes
F-stop gain of image stabilizer4
Number of image stabilizer modes1
Allows manual override during autofocus?Yes
Has filter thread?Yes
Filter size58 mm
Officially compatible with extenders?No
Has a metal lens mount?Yes
Weight9 oz
Diameter2.7 "
Length (mount surface to front end)2.0 "
Length - fully extended2.0 "
Length - fully extended with hood?
Shortest focal length28 mm
Longest focal lengthn.a.
Effective shortest focal length on cameras with APS-C sensor45 mm
Effective longest focal length on cameras with APS-C sensorn.a.
Minimum focus distance0.75 '
Maximum magnification0.20 x
Front element rotates when focusing?No
Front element rotates when zooming?n.a.
Extends when focusing?No
Extends when zooming?n.a.
Zoom lockable?n.a.
Number of AF ranges1
Number of AF presets0
Length of AF preset recall ringn.a.
Sealed against dust and moisture?No
Seal requires filter to be present?n.a.
Has AF stop switch?Yes
Has AF stop button?No
Has distance indicator?Yes
Distance information is in EXIF data?Yes
Uses drop-in type filters?No
Drop-in filter sizen.a.
Length of zoom ringn.a.
Length of focus ring0.4 "
Number of lenses9
Number of optical groups7
Lens Hood
Maximum diameter?
Model No.EW-65B
Lens Cap
Weight0.4 oz
Length0.2 "
Model No.E-58
Tripod Mount
Maximum diameter?
Model No.?
Case / Pouch
Model No.LP1014



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