Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM review

By Ben Boswell - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM lens performance | Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM versus competition | Conclusion
Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM review

Adding to its range of image stabilised lenses Canon has brought out this new EF 28mm f2.8. 28mm is a useful focal length and while f2.8 is not very wide, the IS makes this an attractive proposition. Taking into account that this is optically pretty good too and the result is quite promising. Photographers looking for a good all round wide angle for their kit bag could do much worse.

Features and specifications

Canon’s EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM is a prime lens with 9 elements in 7 groups. It is compact and lightweight, just 51.5mm long and weighing 260g. The image stabilization is rated at 4 stops (by Canon) so the maximum aperture of f2.8 is not likely to be too much of a problem. Autofocus is carried out by one of Canon’s excellent USM motors. 28mm is a good focal length for landscape, architectural, reportage and various other genres of photography. Designed to cover the full frame 35mm format the lens has an equivalent focal length of 45mm when used on an APS-C camera body (Canon body, coefficient 1.6), making this a standard lens.

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM lens performance

Canon EF 28mm f2.8 IS USM versus competition

Conclusion