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Canon EF 28 mm f/ 2.8 IS USM Lens

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Canon EF 28 mm f/ 2.8 IS USM lens


Canon EF 28 mm f/ 2.8 IS USM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF 28 mm f/ 2.8 IS USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S, Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 2012

Optical design: 9 elements in 7 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor, Optical stabilisation
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The Canon EF 28 mm f/ 2.8 IS USM

  • Angle of  view: 75° / 65° / 46° (FF)
  • Equivalent focal length 45 mm on APS-C
  • Diameter 68.4 mm
  • Max. magnification 0.20
  • Magnification with Extension tube  EF12 II  0.71-0.50
  • Magnification with Extension tube EF25 II  1.30-1.11
  • Incompatibility with extenders
  • Rear focus
  • Super Spectra coating
  • An American website prices the lens at $ 800.

The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a compact inexpensive wide-angle full format prime lens which was first equipped with a 4-stop optical image stabilizer.

The Canon EF 28 mm f/ 2.8 IS USM is ideally fit for landscape and candid photography; it delivers exceptional flexibility and allows you to choose even wider range of scenes and  subjects for shooting; the 4-stop image stabilizer coupled with a large aperture ratio yields accurate results when shooting handheld even in low-light-level conditions.

The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM  has had an optical scheme fully redesigned to improve image quality and reduce the needs of postproduction editing.  The optical scheme utilizes moulded aspherical  elements for correction aberrations.  The optimized Super Spectra coating is used for minimizing glare and halation.

Large apertures ratio make each lens perfectly fit for shooting fast moving subjects, while Canon advanced technologies are able to detect intentional panning movement and switch from the Normal IS mode to the Panning IS mode, enabling the user to capture movements with high accuracy.

The ring USM and optimized AF control provide silent and high-performance autofocusing.  FTM can make corrections even during autofocusing operations, and even at a 0.23 m minimum focusing distance it enables photographers to make subjects look bigger in pictures.

Outwardly, the lens can boast the resemblance with the Canon professional L-series  - similar fit and finish of the body and similar focus ring design. The lens is equipped with a distance scale, which may be useful for landscape photography.  A compact design makes the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM an unobtrusive part of any photo kit.

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Posted by: dv   Date of publication: 10.02.2012

Mechanical quality4.001
Optical quality5.001
Pricing / Value3.001
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