Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
$489 - $509
28 mm
autofocus prime lens
f/1.8
  • Canon USM Built-in focus motor

reviewswhat are people saying

"Very sharp, compact and light. I use this lens mainly for indoor, low light portraits of the kids"

bhphotovideo.com

"Awesome quality lens, and super light making it ideal for my steadicam shots"

bhphotovideo.com

"I have L series zoom lenses but find in some circumstances they are far too heavy, bulky and sometimes overwhelming for the subject."

bhphotovideo.com

compatibilitywith digital cameras

Full frame

This lens is compatible with Full frame cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
65.5°
horizontal angle of view
28mm
35mm equivalent focal length

APS-C (1.6x crop factor)

This lens is compatible with APS-C (1.6x crop factor) cameras such as the Canon Rebel T6 and Canon EOS 80D.

Canon EOS Rebel T6
43.4°
horizontal angle of view
45mm
35mm equivalent focal length

Pros

The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM vs other Digital camera lenses

Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Length Quite short Help
56 mm
Min focal length Great wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Weight Very light Help
310 g
Diameter Small diameter Help
74 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$489.09
Prime lens Prime lens Help
Typically very sharp

The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM vs other Digital camera lenses

Auto focus Supports autofocus Help
Easier to use

Cons

The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM vs other Digital camera lenses

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Max focal length Poor telephoto lens Help
28 mm

Specifications

General

Min focal length
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28 mm
Max focal length
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28 mm
below average below average
Zoom range
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1x
Magnification
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1:5.6 (0.2)

Aperture

Wide maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Wide minimum
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f/22
Tele maximum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Tele minimum
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f/22

Features

Auto focus
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Yes
above average above average
Focus motor
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Canon USM
Image stabilization
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None
Fisheye
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No
Tilt-shift
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No

Form factor

Lens mount
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Canon EF (Full-frame)
Length
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56 mm
above average above average
Diameter
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74 mm
Filter size
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58 mm
Weight
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310 g

Angle of view

Wide horizontal
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65.5°
Telephoto horizontal
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65.5°
below average below average
Wide vertical
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46.4°
Telephoto vertical
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46.4°
Wide diagonal
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75.4°
Telephoto diagonal
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75.4°
below average below average

Angle of view (On Canon EF-S APS-C 1.5x crop cameras)

Wide horizontal
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45.7°
Telephoto horizontal
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45.7°
Wide vertical
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31.5°
Telephoto vertical
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31.5°
Wide diagonal
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53.8°
Telephoto diagonal
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53.8°

Competitors

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Avatar for Jedy Jedy (7:23 PM, September 06, 2014)
Sorry but marking a prime lens down for things its not supposed to do is utterly stupid. This site clearly knows nothing about prime lenses!
 
Avatar for Phil Larson Phil Larson (2:24 AM, December 30, 2010)
This lens is one of the best non EF-S for crop users and not many people seem to know it. They may go for the 50mm 1.8 or the 1.4, but those are way too long for crops. I love my 50mm 1.4 but this 28mm 1.8 blows it out of the water on my 550d. Not to mention the Macro - you can get in real close to subjects!

The AF is wicked fast! I tested it next to the 24mm 1.4L and it clobbered it. It's also much faster than my 50mm 1.4.

Full frame users may notice some blurriness near the edge of the frame but crop users won't because that part is cut off - it's neck and neck with the 24mm 1.4L and 35mm 1.4L for sharpness at the center of the frame. And this lens is half the size of the L versions, not to mention $1000 less at any given time.

Go out, try this lens for your crop! I hope you're as happy as I've found myself. Just remember to buy a UV filter - you'll find yourself smacking into subjects trying to get a great shot. :)