|EF||Autofocus lens designed both for Canon full frame and APS-C SLR cameras.|
|IS||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
|USM||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|Position in the lineup|
|Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 IS USM||Jun 2012||⊗|
|Canon EF 28mm F/2.8||Apr 1987||⊗|
|Canon FDn 28mm F/2.8||Jun 1979||⊗|
|Canon FD 28mm F/2.8 S.C.||Mar 1975||⊗|
|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||75.4° (35mm full frame)|
|62.6° (Canon APS-H)|
|51.8° (Canon APS-C)|
|Lens construction:||9 elements in 7 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||7|
|Closest focusing distance:||23 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Stabilizer features:||Panning Detection|
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 4 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø68 x 52 mm|
|Materials:||High-quality plastic barrel|
|Filter size:||58 mm|
Design and Features
An update of popular Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 (1987). World’s first 28 mm wide-angle prime lens to feature Image Stabilizer which makes it ideal both for landscape photography and reportage. Large maximum aperture combined with Image Stabilizer enables sharp results when shooting handheld, even in low-light conditions. The lens is also ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects due to the ability of Image Stabilizer to detect intentional panning movement and automatically switch from Mode 1 to Panning mode. The lens has the following advantages over non-IS version:
- improved optical design with rear focusing,
- smaller closest focusing distance (0.23m compared to 0.3m),
- USM with FTM (older version has AFD without FTM),
- better build quality.
A wide-angle lens for 35 mm SLR cameras is one with a focal length less than 40 mm. Modern wide-angle lenses range from medium wide-angle (35 mm) with slightly wider angle of view than normal, to ultra-wide angle (14 mm) perfect for shooting in confined spaces. Common focal lengths in between are 28, 24 and 20 mm.
Wide-angle lenses affect perspective of the image, making foreground objects appear larger in the frame and distant objects smaller, and exaggerate the distance between objects, making objects at far distances seem further away than they are. Wide-angle lenses also offer greater depth of field compared to normal lenses with similar apertures.
Lens speed is not a big factor for wide-angle lenses since the subject (such as landscape, building or interior) does not move. In order to increase depth of field and maximize image quality, landscape and architectural photography should be done at considerably closed down aperture (typically f/11 or f/16), and at the lowest native ISO setting (usually ISO 100). However, for smaller subjects (such as cars, trees, people etc.) that do not always require large depth of field, a faster maximum aperture of a wide-angle lens (for example, f/2 or f/1.4) is an advantage for shooting in low-light conditions and/or blurring of background elements.
The requirements for an “ideal” wide-angle lens include:
- very good / excellent sharpness across the frame at least by f/2.8 (a minimum aperture where depth of field is usable for traditional wide-angle photography),
- good color rendition and excellent contrast across the frame,
- minimal barrel distortion with regular pattern that is easy to correct in post-processing,
- minimal level of lateral chromatic aberrations,
- excellent resistance to flares,
- acceptable “drawing” style and non-distracting background blur at large apertures,
- moderate weight and dimensions,
- reasonable price-performance ratio.
A wide-angle lens which meets all the above requirements is a rarity. Most current wide- angle lenses are actually examples of how a good performance in one area is achieved at the expense of good performance in the other. Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 IS USM and Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM, however, are one of those lenses that meet the requirements perfectly and their only drawback is actually a noticeable vignetting wide open.
The lens barrel is compact, of moderate weight, made of high-quality plastic. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features AF/MF focus mode switch.
|AF||Autofocus mode with Full-Time Manual Focus.|
|MF||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 58 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor, the autofocus is virtually silent and very fast.
The lens features optical image stabilizer, which, according to the manufacturer, compensates up to 4 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/2 second*).
*) without the need to increase ISO sensitivity and/or use a tripod, at the same lighting conditions and at the same aperture
The image stabilizer does not have any specialized mode of operation, but is capable of automatic detection of panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.
Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA, XGM) minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
The sharpness is excellent at the center and very good at the edges of the frame already wide open.
|Camera:||Canon EOS 1Ds mark III|
|Sensor size:||36×24 mm|
|Vignetting at F/2.8:||-2.47 EV|
|Efficiency of Image Stabilizer:||up to 3.5 stops|
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D mark II|
|Sensor size:||36×24 mm|
|Vignetting at F/2.8:||-2.12 EV|
|User Manual. English, Adobe PDF, 250 KB|
|User Manual. Русский, Adobe PDF, 191 KB|
Alternatives (AF, 24..32 mm)
|Canon EF 24mm F/1.4L II USM||2008||⊗|
|Canon EF 24mm F/1.4L USM||1997||⊗|
|Canon EF 24mm F/2.8||1988||⊗|
|Canon EF 24mm F/2.8 IS USM||2012||⊗|
|Canon EF 28mm F/1.8 USM||1995||⊗|
|Canon EF 28mm F/2.8||1987||⊗|
|Canon EF-S 24mm F/2.8 STM||2014||⊗|
|Sigma 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM | A||2015||⊗|
|Sigma 24mm F/1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro||2000||⊗|
|Sigma 28mm F/1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro||2000||⊗|
|Sigma 30mm F/1.4 DC HSM | A||2013||⊗|
|Sigma 30mm F/1.4 EX DC HSM||2005||⊗|