Canon’s release of the 28mm f2.8 IS kind of had many photographers scratching their heads. For what good reason would a company put IS in such a wide focal length? To get a blur free image, you can shoot down to such a slow shutter speed due to the reciprocal rule of shutter speeds and focal lengths. At a fairly affordable price, one can still wonder why they would do something like that: but then you think about it. What if you wanted to shoot handheld with the aperture stopped down? Then you’ll need a slower shutter speed, right?
Specs taken from the B&H Photo Listing of the lens.
|Filter Thread||Front: 58 mm|
|Dimensions (DxL)||Approx. 2.69 x 2.02″ (6.83 x 5.13 cm)|
|Weight||9.2 oz (261 g)|
Canon’s 28mm f2.8 IS is a pretty darn small lens. When you hold it, it is synonymous to gripping onto a small fruit–smaller than an apple but larger than a strawberry: think kiwi sized. With that said, the front of the lens follows Canon’s minimalist style and has nary anything jarring.
The finish is made from plastic and has a textured feel: which is deviation from their older smooth finish. We personally like the textured feel more–especially when coupled with the smaller size because it gives a better feeling of having a good grip on the lens.
When you look right down at the lens, you’ll notice a depth of field scale for manual focusing. This is better than Canon’s previous attempts, but they still don’t have it quite right.
On the side of the lens is the control layout: here you’ll spy IS and auto/manual focusing. We’re much more used to just having one control on a wide angle lens like this, so the second switch will take some getting used to.
Canon’s 28mm f2.8 IS feels extremely solid and will be comfortable in the hands of most users. The little manual focusing ring though will be quite tough to work with if you want to override the autofocusing and if you have big hands/fingers.
On an older camera body like the Canon 5D Mk II, this lens focusing quickly and accurately with every focusing point. Part of this has to do with the light elements inside not weighing down the focusing motors.
Ease of Use
This lens is as simple as point and shoot: that is of course unless you’re shooting and manual focusing or you’re on a tripod. You’ll need to remember to turn off the lens’s IS.
Upon our first looks, we were quite impressed by this lens. However, it vignettes heavily to the point of a lens correction in Lightroom actually changing the histogram completely in ways that we haven’t seen before. But to be honest, we like the look that the lens delivers when vignetting–it reminds us of something very Zeiss like.
Additionally, Canon’s color rendering with this lens seems to have changed from the output of its older glass. It’s significantly better and delivers richer colors and more punch. Something that many of you will be interesting in though is the fact that there is little to no distortion with this lens that we were able to clearly see. And for the wide angle folks, you’ll be smitten with seeing those images unless you’re particularly going for a distorted image.
Here are some more samples:
We really have to admit: we’re extremely pleased with what Canon is doing with this lens so far. The colors are awesome, the blur free possibilities is an excellent bonus, the sharpness is brilliant, and focusing is like I gave my 5D Mk II steroids. When you consider the fairly affordable price too, you’ll realize that you’re getting quite a sweet deal.
At the moment, we see this lens earning some very high marks in our book. So stay tuned for the full review.
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