28mm as a focal length seems all the rage nowadays. There is the Ricoh GR, Fuji X70, Leica Q, and more. Recently, I was given an Amazon gift card and the 28mm f/2.8 IS from Canon was on sale, so I grabbed one to use on my 5Ds for fun. Here are my thoughts after my an initial outing.
- Sharp (see photos below).
- Image stabilization comes in very handy since f/2.8 isnâ€™t the fastest in low light.
- Works for portraits, understanding that it will be distorted.
- Fun to use.
- Fast focusing.
- No lens hoodâ€Šâ€”â€Šcome on Canon. Really? I bought a third party one on Amazon.
- Quite distorted out of the box, the shots below all had optical corrections done via post processing.
- I wish it was an f/1.4L, but then it would cost much more.
- Not weather sealed.
All in all, my complaints of this lens really arenâ€™t deal breakers. For what it is, itâ€™s a great lens.
The following four shots were all taken at f/2.8, processed in DxO, and then seasoned with Athentechâ€™s Perfectly Clear:
This was shot outside, under a walkway, at the Seattle Central Library.
Look how sharp this is at f/2.8!!!
This was taken through a glass case. Itâ€™s a First Folio of Shakespeare. Itâ€™s opened to Hamletâ€™s â€œTo be or not to beâ€ speech (bottom left of the right hand page).
The following two shots were taken at f/8 also using DxO and Athentech.
Notice that very tall black building? The highest Starbucks in the world is in that tower. Thatâ€™s where the next image was taken.
Taken through the window looking down on the street we were walking on in the previous image.
I would recommend this lens for casual street shooting or a daily outing with good light. I would also only recommend this for full frame use. If I were shooting on a cropped sensor, you could save money and get the 24mm f/2.8 STM which is a similar focal length for quite a bit less money.
Originally published at bershatsky.com on March 27, 2016.