Summary: I am a prime lens lover for the lower apertures, and this was a great addition to my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8. It's a relatively small lens and weighs next to nothing compared even to some standard zooms. Tack sharp all over once brought down one stop. Plus, it has a metal mount, reasonable filter size, and extends hardly at all while focusing (maybe half an inch).
Summary: I bought this lens for it's low light capabilities and I was not disappointed. I used it for inside shooting w/out a flash and "freezing" action in good light like hummingbirds. Very "fast" lens. I eventually sold this for it's slightly sturdier and a little faster cousin the Canon 50mm 1.4. Honestly I don't see a huge difference. This is a good bang for the buck lens.
Decent Lens for the Money, hard to beat it for how usefull it is!
5 October 2011
Summary: Decent Lens - I'm a pro photog, and use mostly primes, and this was all I could afford for a true 28mm prime... the 2.8 is fast enough for me for what I need it for... but it is a little bit fuzzy at the corners at f/2.8 - at f/4 it's much better for sure... I like it too, because it is very close focusing, and if you need a lens for this, you can't beat these... it is not a MACRO lens, some people get that confused... close focus and MACRO are 2 separate things...
Summary: I have been happy with this lens so far, using it on a Canon 30D body. The glass is decent quality, without any significant vignetting. It's not particularly wide angle, due in part to the 1.3 magnification factor on the 30D, so not great for getting the full room at a party for instance, but works well for landscapes and such.
Summary: It comes handy as a standard wide-angle (almost 45mm) on my 450D. It's pretty light and well built. When I ordered it from B&H, even after the customs duty, it was less costly than the same lens available in the Indian grey market. Very good resolution, good build-quality and you get a calibrated focus ring. But the lens hood for this lens could have been more compact maybe.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Clean, Strong Construction