Canon 28mm f/1.8 USM

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This 28mm f/1.8 gives fast shutter speeds, narrow depth of field, and blurred background similar to the expensive L prime lenses in a very compact lens you can slip in a jacket pocket. It has a USM motor for quick autofocus and full-time manual focusing.

Does Not Include: lens hood

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

This lens is a very nicely priced alternative to the 35 f/1.4 and other very pricey primes. It even covers a full-frame camera, but, as they say, there’s no free lunch. It’s soft wide open and really needs to be at f/2.8 to sharpen up (although it’s good at f/2.2 in the center).

Being an older design, it has chromatic aberration in the corners and edges that can be removed in postprocessing. I’d suggest shooting RAW if you have any backlit objects in the scene. The CA isn’t really any worse than what you’d see with the 35 L though, so don’t get all worked up about it.

One last hint: this is not a lens you want to shoot into the sun. Unless you really like spectacular flare and ghosting – I’m talking Aunt Bertha, look at this picture I just took of a UFO flare and ghosting. However, I can’t think of a lot of reasons to shoot an f/1.8 lens into the sun, so I probably just wasted a bit of bandwidth with this last paragraph.
June, 2010

Filter Size
58mm (nonrotating front element)
0.7 lb
(EW-63II not included)
Minimum Focusing Distance
0.8 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
75 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
Focusing System
Internal focusing, nonrotating, USM motor, full-time manual
Aperture Blades
7 curved, heptagonal shape
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Marked (spectacular) ghosting, moderate to marked contrast loss
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame

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