Bring It with You Everywhere! The Best 28mm Lenses We’ve Tested

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If you had to have one lens, what would it be? Some photographers would go for 28mm lenses. If you’re experienced, you’ll know just how versatile these lenses are. In recent years, they’ve become good enough for portraiture. What’s more, many of them are built very well. Couple this with the extra pop some have, and you’ll be hooked. Below are some of the best 28mm lenses we’ve tested. And we’ve used almost every 28mm lens on the market.

Sigma 28mm f1.4 DG Art

In our review, we said:

“The Sigma 28mm f1.4 DG HSM Art has some beautiful image quality to it. A little bit wider than the 35mm focal length, it’s going to be perfect for a lot of photographers who tend to look to a scene and want to capture the world just as how they saw it. In our tests, we found the lens to not only have some beautiful bokeh but also be more than usable for many different applications. Coupled with a great photo editor like Capture One Pro 12, photographers are bound to be able to get a lot out of not only lots of modern RAW file capabilities, but the already great colors of the Sigma 28mm f1.4 DG HSM Art too. We also found there to be no aberrations worth speaking of and lots of great sharpness.”

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Buy Now: Around $1,034

7Artisans 28mm f1.4

In our review, we said:

“…I have to admit that I like the colors. I’m aware that the image below is in black and white, but it goes to illustrate my points a bit more. The colors are excellent, and even if you want to go colorless, you can create gorgeous images. If you’re looking to create videos with the 7Artisans 28mm f1.4, you’ll get beautiful colors overall. If you’re working with film, just ensure that you nail that exposure right.”

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Buy Now: Around $499

Pro Tip: 28mm lenses are sort of an odd focal length. While not as popular as 35mm or 24mm, they’re in a sweet spot. Some folks say they see the world in this focal length. If you’re not sold, then give 28mm a try. We find them to be best for street photography and walking about. But in truth, they’re also good enough to do certain portraits.

Leica 28mm f1.4 Summilux

In our review, we said:

“The Leica 28mm f1.4 Summilux is quite honestly second to none. The closest thing you might compare it to is the Nikon 28mm f1.4, but that is a DSLR lens. Then there is Sony’s 28mm f2, but that is an autofocus lens and f2. There is seriously nothing like the Leica 28mm f1.4 Summilux. This applies to the quality of the bokeh, the colors, the ease of use, the sharpness, and the overall performance. Believe it or not, even though I was tempted to shoot with this lens wide open most of the time I resisted the urge and stopped it down. The choice was a good one, as I discovered just how incredibly sharp the Leica 28mm f1.4 Summilux is.”

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Buy Now: Around $6,295

Nikon 28mm f1.4 E ED

In our review, we said:

If you’re a fan of Nikon’s colors, then you’ll be happy to know that the Nikon 28mm f1.4 is pretty much consistent with everything that you’ve come to expect from Nikon. This lens is fantastic is so many areas of image quality parameters. It keeps the distortion down, doesn’t suffer from fringing issues when dealing with images right out of the camera, has nice bokeh, and is pretty darned sharp. For a lens that’s right under $2,000 you have to expect that the quality is just top notch. And in all honesty, that’s all that I’d truthfully expect from a lens like this.

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Buy Now: Around $1,996.95

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.