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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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  • Measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 1.7 inches long , weighs 6.5 ounces.This lens takes a 58mm filter.
  • Focal length: 28mm, Closest focusing distance: 1 foot
  • Broadens angle of view and increases depth of field to bring more area into focus
  • 28mm wide-angle lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
  • High-precision aspherical lens minimizes distortion and other aberrations
  • 28mm wide-angle lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
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Compatible Mountings Canon EF Canon EF-S Canon EF Canon EF-S
Dimensions 2.91 inches x 2.2 inches x 2.91 inches 2.68 inches x 0.91 inches x 2.68 inches 2.72 inches x 1.54 inches x 2.72 inches 2.95 inches x 2.83 inches x 2.95 inches
Item Weight 0.68 pounds 0.28 pounds 0.35 pounds 0.53 pounds
Lens wide-angle Prime lens Prime lens wide-angle
Maximum Aperture 1.8 Information not provided 5.6 f 4.5 f
Max Focal Length 28 mm 24 mm 50 mm 18 mm
Min Aperture 22 22 22 29
Min Focal Length 28 mm 24 mm 50 mm 10 mm
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EF 28MM F/1.8 USM

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The Canon EF 28mm wide-angle lens lets you capture more in the frame by broadening the angle of view and increasing the depth of field. This not only expands the apparent distance between the foreground and background, but brings more area into focus--a must for photographers who want vivid nature shots or crisp group shots. The lens also offers an excellent price-to-performance ratio, with a high-precision aspherical lens that minimizes distortion and other aberrations to produce sharp and high-contrast images. Light enough to serve as your standard wide-angle lens, the EF 28mm carries Canon's one-year warranty.

  • Focal length: 28mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:1.8
  • Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 75 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with AFD
  • Closest focusing distance: 1 foot
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter, 1.7 inches long
  • Weight: 6.5 ounces
The Canon EF 28mm wide-angle lens lets you capture more in the frame by broadening the angle of view and increasing the depth of field. This not only expands the apparent distance between the foreground and background, but brings more area into focus a must for photographers who want vivid nature shots or crisp group shots. The lens also offers an excellent price-to-performance ratio, with a high-precision aspherical lens that minimizes distortion and other aberrations to produce sharp and high-contrast images. Light enough to serve as your standard wide-angle lens, the EF 28mm carries Canon's one-year warranty.

What's in the box : E-58U 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap E (Rear) and 1-Year Warrant.

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Product Dimensions 2.2 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
Item Weight 10.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00009R6WU
Item model number 2510A003
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4.6 out of 5 stars 205 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #83 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By J. Malinsky on February 9, 2008
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I've owned this lens for just over a year now, and it's on my camera almost all the time - despite the fact that I've bought two other lenses.

I'm a fan of shooting candid shots, mostly indoors, and flash is just NOT an option if you really want great pics that don't interfere with (or annoy) your subjects. I came to this lens because the EF50mm f/1.8 was just a bit *too* tight/long for candid pics without stepping back all the time, or settling for face shots only. This 28mm approaches the 'standard' 50mm lens length that shoots pretty much what you see with your eye.

I thought the lens was a bit soft at first, but over time, I've gotten to know it inside and out, and my photos are close to tack-sharp most of the time - even though I rarely shoot above f/2.5 with this. I'll take shooting with this at f/1.8 or f/2.0 over a lens with image stabilization any time. And of course, being a prime (non-zoom) lens means that your pictures are going to be sharper than a zoom lens with IS anyways.

This is a lens that will spoil you forever. You'll be able to capture photos in virtually any lighting conditions. I love shooting with it, and ISO 1600 shots at f/2.0 are just spectacular - exactly what I need for shooting in *extremely* low light. With a bit of post-processing, I'm making incredible photos that were simply not possible in the days before digital.

Build quality is excellent, and the USM auto-focus does a great job in bright-light and low-light situations with ease, silently.

If you want sharp low-light photos in a compact and lightweight lens, this is your saviour.
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For APS-C digitals cameras with a 1.6 crop factor, this becomes equivalent to 44mm with a 35mm film camera. I bought this lens a general purpose prime lens for APS-C with roughly the same angle as 50mm for the 35mm film camera (Canon does not have a 30mm, only Sigma's 30mm f/1.4 is the closest). I have used this prime lens on my Digital Rebel and 30D for a few hundred shots so far, and I am very pleased with the sharpness of the photos, as well as the speed. I think it is softer at f/1.8, which happens in most cases of any lens, and rather like to used a little to f/2.2 - 2.8. With such low apertures the area of focus is very shallow, thus I appreciate the great autofocus from the USM, which works flawness with the combination of a Canon digital SLR and a Canon lens. Also there are 10 glass elements, producing a nic bokeh, minimum distance of 25cm for focusing, so it is well-built lens. It is about 10 oz, not as light as the f/2.8 version, but it is much stronger in low-light situations, and when used at f/2.8, the f/2.8 version shold be much sharper.

It is not an L lens (these are so expensive, and also heavy), but is exceptionally good in the non-L lens category, especially for the APS-C camera's. For full size APS sensors, the 50mm f/1.4 would be the choice, but if you use the 50mm in APS-C systems, the crop factor makes this a medium telephoto 80mm equivalent lens, not good for general purpose shooting.

It is realively higher in price to the f/2.8 version. The reasons I chose this f/1.8 version was because of the following:

1. low-light shooting in the f/1.8-2.5 range

2. USM for fast, quiet, and accurate autofocus, espcially helpful targets are moving

3. Nice soft bokeh per Canon (I like it so far).

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The best description of this lens I've read is that it is a very good lens with a bad internet reputation. I couldn't agree more. I hemmed and hawed over buying this lens for several weeks, due to the mediocre "official" reviews from prominent review sites, ones that you've undoubtedly also read if you're considering this lens. But I kept reading glowing "unofficial" reviews from users who were out there doing real-world photography, and I was impressed with the images the lens had produced. I finally went for it, and I love the thing! It is small, it handles great, it is built great (WAY better than the 50/1.4), AF is fast (although not as lightning quick as the 85/1.8), and for my uses the images are great. I use it on an original 5D, and it is on my camera most of the time.

So why does it have such consistently crappy reviews? After a few months of using it, I can offer a few reasons. I have no doubt that this lens would be less than optimal if all you do is shoot flat brick walls. The bricks in the corner of your images would be a bit soft, and even the bricks in the center of the image would be soft at f/1.8. The reviews you've read online are overly concerned with what all of the bricks look like, and seem particularly interested in what bricks look like away from the center of the image. Ask yourself how often you intend to put a subject or other sharpness-critical component of your photo somewhere other than the central 50% of the image. For most photographers, the answer is rarely to never, unless you're doing demanding architectural or landscape work. So take those reviews that emphasize corner sharpness with an entire shaker of salt.

The lens isn't perfect - none are. It is a bit soft at f/1.8. I try to avoid using it there - I often shoot at f/2.
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