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Canon 28mm f/2.8mm IS - quick thoughts

Canon 28mm f/2.8mm IS - quick thoughts

28mm as a focal length seems all the rage nowadays. There is the Ricoh GR, Fuji X70, Leica Q, and more. Recently, I was given an Amazon gift card and the 28mm f/2.8 IS from Canon was on sale, so I grabbed one to use on my 5Ds for fun. Here are my thoughts after my an initial outing.

Pros:

  1. Sharp (see photos below).
  2. Image stabilization comes in very handy since f/2.8 isn’t the fastest in low light.
  3. Works for portraits, understanding that it will be distorted.
  4. Lightweight.
  5. Inexpensive.
  6. Fun to use.
  7. Fast focusing.

Cons:

  1. No lens hood – come on Canon. Really? I bought a third party one on Amazon.
  2. Quite distorted out of the box, the shots below all had optical corrections done via post processing.
  3. I wish it was an f/1.4L, but then it would cost much more.
  4. Not weather sealed.

All in all, my complaints of this lens really aren’t deal breakers. For what it is, it’s a great lens.

The following four shots were all taken at f/2.8, processed in DxO, and then seasoned with Athentech’s Perfectly Clear:

2016-03-25 Vanessa at Seattle Central Library 10-44-18This was shot outside, under a walkway, at the Seattle Central Library.

2016-03-25 Seattle Central Library 10-46-09Look how sharp this is at f/2.8!!!

2016-03-25 Seattle Central Library Shakespeare First Folio 10-55-19This was taken through a glass case. It’s a First Folio of Shakespeare. It’s opened to Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” speech (bottom left of the right hand page).

2016-03-25 Vanessa at Tulio 11-41-12

The following two shots were taken at f/8 also using DxO and Athentech.

2016-03-25 Downtown Seattle 12-57-31Notice that very tall black building? The highest Starbucks in the world is in that tower. That’s where the next image was taken.

2016-03-25 Downtown Seattle 13-04-39Taken through the window looking down on the street we were walking on in the previous image.

I would recommend this lens for casual street shooting or a daily outing with good light. I would also only recommend this for full frame use. If I were shooting on a cropped sensor, you could save money and get the 24mm f/2.8 STM which is a similar focal length for quite a bit less money.


Noah Bershatsky

Noah Bershatsky

I was a nerd before hipsters were cool.

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