Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 - Review / Test Report - Analysis
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Distortion

The lens showed a slight to moderate degree of barrel distortion (~1%). Not stellar for a fix-focal lens but still pretty decent in absolute terms.

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

Vignetting

On an APS-C DSLR the full frame EF 28mm f/2.8 enjoys the usual sweet spot but the effect isn't all that pronounced regarding vignetting which is relatively high at 0.8EV at max. aperture. However, from f/4 and up the issue is quite negligible.

MTF (resolution)

The resolution figures in the lab where somewhat puzzling so I repeated the tests several times in order to verify the findings. The center performance reaches its excellent peak at max. aperture and deteriorates towards medium aperture - a highly unusual characteristic which is unprecedented so far for a large aperture wide-angle lens. The border performance behaves a little more conventional with good results at f/2.8 increasing to very good figures at medium aperture settings. So despite the rather unusual MTF curve the performance is on a pretty high level.

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 significantly more than 1 pixel at the image borders - a weak performance here especially for a fix-focal lens. CAs can be reduced and usually even eliminated via imaging tools but such a lens should definitely perform better than that.




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