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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

by Canon

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  • 28mm and light weight
  • Aperture of 2.8
  • Wide Angle features
  • It has a lens cap
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 2505A003
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Maximum focal length: 28 mm
  • Maximum Aperature Range: F1.8
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Product Details

Product Manual [830kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.2 x 3.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006I53T
  • Item model number: 2505A003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

Designed for Canon SLR cameras.

From the Manufacturer

Designed for Canon SLR cameras, the highly portable Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens offers a terrific price-to-performance ratio. The lens offers a fast f/2.8 aperture that makes it easy to use in low light, providing a bright viewfinder image in the camera. The lens also focuses as close as 10 inches without accessories. And optically, it provides excellent edge-to-edge contrast and sharpness while correcting for linear distortion, ensuring that straight lines in a photographic subject--such as architecture--remain straight. Other features include a 75-degree diagonal angle of view, a 52mm filter diameter, and a one-year warranty.

Specifications

  • Focal length: 28mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 75 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with AFD
  • Close focusing distance: 1 foot
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • Corresponding mounts: Canon
  • Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter and 1.7 inches long
  • Weight: 6.5 ounces
  • Warranty: 1 year
Highly portable wide-angle lens with a good price-to-performance ratio. Its light weight of 6.5 oz. (185g) makes it ideal as your standard wide-angle lens. The high-precision aspherical lens minimizes distortion and other aberrations for sharp and high-contrast images.

The most affordable fixed focal length wide-angle lens in the Canon EF line-up continues to give benefits difficult or impossible to find with zooms. The fast f/2.8 aperture makes it easy to use in low light, and provides a bright viewfinder image in the camera. It focuses as close as 10 inches/0.25m without accessories. And optically, it provides excellent edge-to-edge contrast and sharpness along with superior correction of linear distortion, so straight lines in a subject (such as architecture) remain straight.

Wide and Fast
If you need an ultra-wide angle and a large aperture, one of the following lenses will fit the bill. Ultra-wide-angle lenses can capture scenes beyond your natural field of vision. The EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, the widest of them all, has a 180∞ angle of view. For more normal-looking wide-angle shots, there are longer wide-angle lenses up to 35mm with the maximum aperture you need. Designed for Canon SLR cameras, the highly portable Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens offers a terrific price-to-performance ratio. The lens offers a fast f/2.8 aperture that makes it easy to use in low light, providing a bright viewfinder image in the camera. The lens also focuses as close as 10 inches without accessories. And optically, it provides excellent edge-to-edge contrast and sharpness while correcting for linear distortion, ensuring that straight lines in a photographic subject--such as architecture--remain straight. Other features include a 75-degree diagonal angle of view, a 52mm filter diameter, and a one-year warranty.

Customer Reviews

It's a real high quality lens that Canon has built to it's exacting standards.
Bob L.
The design is ancient (circa early 1990s), is "only" F2.8, it doesn't have USM, and while 28mm is wide angle, it's not *that* wide angle.
J. Howell
I am a prime lens lover for the lower apertures, and this was a great addition to my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8.
Alex Noonan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matt on May 7, 2007
I bought this lens for a couple of reasons. First of all, I picked it up REALLY cheap used (and you can get it quite cheap even new). Secondly, I really wanted a standard-view lens for my Rebel XT. But honestly, I can't say that I am extremely impressed with it. Simply put, the sharpness is just not there like it is with, say, the 20mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, or 50mm f/1.4. In fact, sharpness ranges from equal to worse than the 28-105mm (depending on aperture). There also seems to be somewhat of a decentering effect, where the right side of the picture is ESPECIALLY soft. And chromatic aberrations are on the high side. Honestly, I don't now how Canon went wrong with this lens, as the 35mm f/2 is a VERY similar design and actually a GREAT lens. Oh, and like the 35mm f/2, build quality leaves something to be desired.

On the other hand, it IS better than the kit zoom. And even though it really can't beat the 28-105mm in terms of sharpness, it DOES beat that lens in terms of contrast and color saturation. Oh, and it is cheap. So it may at least be worth considering. But overall, I would pass on this lens in favor of the MUCH better 35mm f/2. Of course, the 35mm f/2 is somewhat pricier than this lens (but well worth it).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marcio Jose Bastos Silva on June 8, 2009
I bought this lens some time ago and have taken several photos with it since then. I can assure you that despite this lens is quite inexpensive and made maily of cheap plastic, it produces wonderful photos! Sharp on all four cornes! Do not buy that Canon 50mm lens if you have a 1.6 crop factor camera such as Canon Xti or Canon 40D because it will become a 80mm! This Canon AF 28mm F/2.8 on a 1.6 crop factor Camera is actually a 44mm and will do the job much better. It is very light and fast. I really enjoy to connect this little lens to my Canon 40D and go around the city capturing all that I find Interesting. The ony thing I would say against this lens is that it is not a USM lens what means that the auto focus is a little slow sometimes however, for the price it is what you get and I really do not not care to wait a few seconds more for the focus mecanism to lock on the subject of my photo. I RECOMMEND THIS LENS! IT IS A JOY IN MY LIFE AND AN EXCELLENT TOOL... FOR PROFESSIONALS AND AMATEURS....
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Abdulrahman Aljabri on April 6, 2006
Make sure you buy it with the knowledge that you won't be able to use it to the full extent a wide angle lens is used to. Otherwise you will be severely disappointed with this lens. But just how so?

I know a photographer that uses this lens for wedding photography with her 10D. For her the lens does the job wonderfully. The lens takes sharp pictures, is light enough to haul around in a wedding, and wide enough on a 1.6 form factor camera to provide sufficient field of view for such event. The field of view on a 1.6 form factor camera would be equivalent to 45mm on full format; almost normal view.

I on the other hand used my 28mm lens for nature photography, and let me tell you the results were not just disappointing but down right useless! Simply stated, you will not be able to use high contrast/saturation landscape and nature pictures that are procuded by this lens. The bright sun will cause sever chromatic aberration in your pictures. Hence, the fringes of trees and light poles for example will display the dreaded discoloration (with this lens the color is generally purple). Every tree branch at the top corners will become purple at the fringes. Those are truly unacceptable results.

Now for the big question, is it possible that I had a bad copy? Probably not. After being so disappointed I researched this lens extensively (especially on Fred Miranda site) and found that others had the same problem. In fact, its overall score on that site was 7.4 at the time of my research, thus my 3 star rating. After learning the facts I decided to return the lens instead of exchanging it with another one. Since then I have ordered a 17-40 L.

Should you order it? This lens is a great value. In fact, I rank it as a best value lens after the 50mm 1.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Scott Burgess on April 30, 2005
Waterfall lovers will appreciate a 28mm lens, and the Canon f/2.8 is no exception. A 24mm lens often puts me into the spray zone. A 35mm lens to me lacks drama. I prefer fixed focal length lenses for waterfalls and similar landscapes to eliminate the ghosting that blemishes photos taken with zoom lenses: this lens has fewer groups/elements, consequently fewer internal reflections. I sometimes couple this lens with a 12mm Kenko extension tube to create dramatic closeups of flowers.

Don't feel the more expensive f/1.4 is a "better" lens just from the higher price. In my experience, the ultrawide aperture lenses are harder to optically correct and seldom much sharper--but they are noticeably heavier and more expensive. While the wide aperture might help with shooting action or portraits, you should ask yourself if a significant fraction of your photos require this. Otherwise you're paying money for nothing.

In short, this inexpensive lens is a solid performer and a great value.

Update February 2013: Canon has now replaced this version of the lens with a bulkier f/2.8 with image stabilization. The optical formulation looks like a revision of this lens--there are more groups/elements, and the new lens is a little sharper overall, but the MTF curves look very similar between the two lenses. I bought this lens for $150, while the new version is clocking in at $650. Have to say that I am disappointed about this--a sharp, lower-cost f/2.8 without IS would be preferable, in my view. I have no need for image stabilization for most wide-angle work as I tend to do landscapes with that focal length. The irony is that the older (and lower quality) f/1.8 is now the less expensive lens.

If I had to buy today, I would lean toward the new f/2.
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