Even though it appeared in Canon’s lineup in 1995, the Canon EF 28mm F/1.8 is one of the most recent wide-angle prime lenses for full-frame cameras. Built around 10 elements in 9 groups with one aspherical element, this lens feels pretty solid in hand. Its ultrasonic motor (USM) makes it very silent and quick to focus. In terms of image quality, the Canon EF 28mm F/1.8 provides a really good value for money.
The strong points of the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM:
The debatable points of the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM:
The advantages of the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM:
The advantages of the Carl Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZE Canon:
If you own an APS-C camera, the Sigma 30mm 1.4 should be considered too. Here is the comparison :
In summary, on a full frame, the Canon EF 28mm 1.8 ZE is a nicely bright wide angle lens. And on an APS-C, it is a good and affordable versatile lens, with its focal length equivalent to 45mm. For example, for approximately the same price (470 $ for the Canon 28mm and 440 for the Sigma 30mm), the Canon 28mm f/1.8 is slightly better than the Sigma 30mm F1.4