Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS - Full Format Review / Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (Full Format)

Sample Images

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure 1/13s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 640
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/2500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s

Verdict

The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS is, undoubtedly, a high performance lens with only a few weaknesses. The center performance is breathtaking and the border quality is also very good if you close the aperture by a stop or so. The lens is also capable of keeping its performance in close-focus scenarios. The low amount of lateral CAs contributes to the high sharpness perception as well. The lens produces a slight to medium amount of barrel distortion which is lower than most zoom lenses at 28mm. The vignetting characteristic is a a weak spot - at max. aperture there's quite a bit of light falloff so you should stop down to at least f/4 to reduce the issue to a more sane level (unless you're after the effect, of course). The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is often a problem on wide-angle lenses but the EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS delivers comparatively smooth results here (although they are not as buttery as on some tele primes). Bokeh fringing can be visible at f/2.8 but this is, again, a lesser issue when stopping down.

The build quality of the Canon lens is one a very high level with a constant physical length as highlight here. Typical for Canon USM lenses there're no issues with respect to focus speed and noise, of course. The new image stabilizer is certainly a very welcome addition e.g. for low-light photography.

So technically we certainly have a winner here ... except for the pricing. The street price (as of the time of this review) is about 700EUR/800US$. This is about 3x more compared to the old EF 28mm f/2.8 and you won't even get a lens hood as part of the package. This is stretching things a little here in our opinion. Other than that ... highly recommended!

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