|Canon EF 28mm 28 f/2.8 f2.8 - Sharp and Excellen!|
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|A standard wide-angle lens featuring compact size and lightweight. This lens is suitable for casual snap shot, landscape and architectural photography. A molded glass (GMo) aspherical lens element (1st) achieves compact, lightweight optical system with high performance. The small number of elements ensures sharp, high-contrast image quality and super-fast AF. Distortion is virtually nonexistent, making the lens ideal for architectural photography and scenes containing straight lines. Mechanical manual focusing.|
|UPC||0082966211836, 0829662118362, 689466544268, 689466593846|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||28 mm|
Average review score based on 18 user reviews
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With the advent of lens adapters, such as on the Panasonic Lumix GH2, old lenses with aperture rings are experiencing a new life. Canon abandoned the FD series in 1987 and changed to an electronic aperture with EF lenses. These only shoot wide open with most lens adapters. And why pay more for plastic parts and non-usable AF or IS with a single aperture?
FD lenses are sturdy, sharp, and have nice long focusing rings. A lot of these lenses have been sitting in closets or haven't had much use for decades. Many good to excellent FD lenses are still on the market, and eBay is a good place to find them. They are not hard to find and are not "vintage" per se.
The 28/2.8 is excellent for the GH2 since it becomes a relatively fast 56mm "normal" lens. This is my "go to" lens for indoors shooting with existing light. This lens is easy to find at a low cost.
As a used lens, the value for a Canon AF-S sensor camera is excellent. With a 1.6x crop factor, this lens gives you an equivalent of ~45mm on a full-frame sensor camera. This is a reasonable approximation to a "normal" 50mm lens field of view.
The fast f/2.8 aperture is a great advantage for lower light scenes, although f/2 or better would be optimal. Given the price difference though, I think the better choice for an enthusiast is this lens.
The autofocus is standard motor driven, so it is noisy and slow - at least compared to a USM-driven lens. Again, given the price advantage the autofocus is fine.
The image quality I've experienced has been excellent. I haven't done a pixel-by-pixel comparison, nor would I as I'm not a good enough photographer, but overall I have nothing bad to say about the resulting photos produced with this lens.
I got a used one by 170 dollars, which is nice and good for the price.
Light weight, large aperture, fast focus, manual focusing ring.
Not sharp at F/2.8, however is you use more than F/4 it should be a lot better.
Overall, this lens is good for the price, and fun to play with!
PS: On APS-C bodies, this lens is around 48mm, just like a standard fixed lens on full frame body.
From many years of experience with this lens, I found it is a great, dependable, lightweight lens with a good maximum f-stop and a very useful angle of view. Probably the best wide angle lens to own if you are picking one wide angle lens for your Canon F-1, A-1, AE-1, AL-1, T50,70,80,90 or other FD lens mount cameras. If you go much wider, you may have problems getting your flash to cover the entire area of view. Since it is light lens and a very flexible focal length, you're more likely to want to carry it with you and have the benefit of its focal length at your reach.
I purchased this lens second hand as a lightweight, wide-angle alternative to my 28-135 zoom that usually stayed on my Digital Rebel SLR. I was also interested in making more extensive use of prime lenses, and my 50mm isn't wide enough to use effectively around the house.
The EF 28mm takes sharper photos and better portraits relative to the zoom lens and is the standard lens that I use on the camera when around the house. I look forward to making use of it for many years.