Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
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Great image for pics/video - too much lens noise for audio use.
Video Chili, Amazon
30 August 2014
Summary: I bought this primarily for low-light b-roll shots. Specifically indoors. The shots look really nice, both wide and close-up. However, even with a mounted mic, the lens focusing makes way too much noise to be usable for anything other than non-focusing ambient sound. If you're using the on-camera mic, forget it. Click click click every time you move. Not a deal-breaker as the vast majority of my audio is recorded separately, but a tad disappointing.
Summary: The EF 28 2.8 IS USM is the long awaited redesign of the 1987 (!) EF 28 2.8. It's slightly larger and heavier than the previous model but, at 260g is still small and light. Auto focus with contrast AF in Liveview is incredibly accurate on my 6D, 70D and SL1: pin sharp edge to edge at F2.8. Stopping down to F4 didn't increase sharpness much other than widening DOF. Unfortunately, phase contrast AF (viewfinder focus) suffered moderate front focus problems at F2.8, e.g.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens for an upcoming trip to Ireland. I wanted a relatively wide angle lens as an alternative to the EF 28-105 L lens I usually use for travel. This lens is very clear, fast (f2.8), has IS, is light, and not a budget breaker. Easy to carry around without fatigue.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: It's a little embarrassing to have chosen an f2.8 28mm lens over an f1.8mm lens, but it focuses very quickly, thanks to the USM, which makes it perfect for pictures of people. You have to get right up close to get the shot, and then the 28mm lens gives you expansiveness.This isn't the right choice for architecture because, while it's more crisp and less distorted than an f4 zoom lens open to 28mm, the f1.8 lens would be a better option and a little cheaper.There seem to...
Excerpt: I bought this lens as a replacement for my old Canon 28mm F2.8 with the regular focus motor. The reasons I went for this one were: 1. USM focus motor 2. IS, since I want to use the lens for video purposes as well. I am very happy with the results from this lens!
Excerpt: I use this on my Canon 6D as a general-purpose wide angle for stills. 28mm is wide enough to be useful in tight spaces and for basic architectural/landscape photos, but not so wide that it's unusable as a portrait lens. The size and weight are awesome - paired with the light and portable 6D, this is a comfortable setup to carry around all day. Image quality is really good - plenty sharp, decent bokeh, accurate colors. It's just a sharp and neutral 28mm with IS.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: For starters some background: In June this year I bought the new 40mm pancake which reminded me that prime lenses are preferable in many cases. Their discrete size and the lightweight prove beneficial when walking around; but also the fact that they force not to be lazy about image composition I like. . Whilst the 40mm is so affordable that it was a risk free just-for-fun purchase, this is certainly not true for the 28mm. It is simply expensive.
Pros: Low light performance, small discreet size, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images