Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM - Review / Test Report - Analysis
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Distortion

The lens showed a slight to moderate degree of barrel distortion (1.2%). Not stellar but pretty good.

The chart above has a real-world size of about 120x80cm.

Vignetting

On an APS-C DSLR the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM enjoys a sweet spot effect here and at 0.55EV vignetting is very low for such a large aperture lens. This is already very acceptable for the vast majority of field situations. If needed the issue can be basically completely eliminated when stopping down to f/2.8.

MTF (resolution)

Similar to the Sigma AF 30mm f/1.4 EX the Canon lens showed a rather mixed behavior in the lab. The center performance is already high straight from the max. aperture setting peaking in exceptional resolution figures around f/4. Unfortunately the border resolution lacks quite a bit behind. At f/1.8 the borders are very soft. Stopping down help to gradually improve the resolution but even at f/8 the quality does merely exceed very good values. At f/1.8 the lens also suffers from low contrast. This is slightly disappointing for a modern fix-focal lens.

Below is a simplified summary of the formal findings. The chart shows line widths per picture height (LW/PH) which can be taken as a measure for sharpness. If you want to know more about the MTF50 figures you may check out the corresponding Imatest Explanations

Chromatic Aberrations (CAs)

CAs (visible as color shadows at harsh contrast transitions) can reach an average CA pixel width of more than 2 pixels at the image borders - a very weak performance here. CAs can be reduced and usually even eliminated via imaging tools but a fix-focals should definitely perform better than that.




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