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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Wide-angle lens for Canon EOS SLR cameras

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Item # 280EF28MM

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Canon's EF 28mm f/1.8 lens offers excellent low-light picture-taking capability and delivers clear, detailed photos. Its 28mm focal length provides versatile wide-angle shooting for 35mm film and full-frame digital SLRs, letting you capture full-length portraits or an entire room with a single shot. Or use it as a standard lens with an APS-C camera for great everyday shooting — it produces a field of view similar to that of the naked eye. This lens' large maximum aperture also makes it ideal for flash-free indoor photography. And Canon's ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) gives you fast, silent autofocus.

Good prime lens at a decent price, compact but doesn't feel cheap, great for low-light situations, good bokeh. As always, great customer service and quick delivery from Crutchfield. Very happy with my purchase

Allison, Charlottesville, VA

What's in the Box:

  • EF 28mm f/2.8 USM lens
  • E-58 Lens cap (installed)
  • Back cover (installed)
  • Instructions (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • 28mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens
  • compatible with all Canon digital and film EOS SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 28mm with full-frame sensor digital or 35mm film cameras
    • 45mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 9.6"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • maximum aperture: f/1.8
  • Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for quiet, rapid autofocus
  • lens construction: 10 elements in 9 groups
  • diaphragm blades: 7
  • attachment/filter size: 58mm
  • lens is 2-15/16" in diameter, 3-1/16" long
  • weight: 10.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Reviews

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Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 28mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Weight 10.9
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Overview: The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM is an ultra-wide-angle lens.

Compatibility: The EF 28mm f/1.8 USM is an EF Canon lens; meaning it's compatible with all Canon digital SLRs (those that accept EF and EF-S lenses, plus those that accept EF only), as well as Canon EOS film SLRs.

Lens Construction: The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM features a lens construction with 10 elements in 9 groups.

Angle Of View:

  • Diagonal: 75°
  • Vertical: 46°
  • Horizontal: 65°

Ultrasonic Motor (USM): With the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), you can expect fast and quiet focusing capability.

Auto/Manual Focus: To shoot in Autofocus mode, set the focus mode switch on the lens to AF. To manually focus the camera, set the switch to MF, and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.

Focusing Range: You can set the focusing distance range from 0.82' (10") to infinity. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, the autofocusing time will be shorter.

Infinity Compensation Mark: To compensate for shifting of the infinity focus point that results from changes in temperature, the lens features an Infinity Compensation Mark. The infinity position at normal temperature is the point at which the vertical line of the L mark is aligned with the distance indicator on the distance scale.

Infrared Index: The infrared index corrects the focus setting when using monochrome infrared film. Focus on the subject manually, then adjust the distance setting by moving the focusing ring to the corresponding infrared index mark.

Optional Accessories: You can attach optional 58mm filters to the mounting thread on the front of the lens. You can also attach the optional Canon EW-63II lens hood.

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Wide or normal: take your pick

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 2/3/2012 3:23:00 PM

I bought this lens when my daughter was born. Until then I had been using a 50mm lens with my 40D, but wanted something a little wider so I could shoot a little closer when my daughter was little. Boy, am I glad I did.

On the 40D (or the 7D, Rebels, etc.) the 28mm lens looks like about a 45mm lens due to the crop factor — what photographers call a "normal" or "standard" lens. Technically, a normal lens is a focal length about the came as the diagonal measurement of a frame of 35mm film (which is a hair under 44mm). It used to be that when you bought a camera, it came with a 50mm lens. It's familiar.

Another reason I bought this lens was for its large aperture, good for low-light work (don't want to shoot a flash into a baby's face, right?) and blurring backgrounds. The Canon 28/1.8 does very well with both situations.

And not only is it a great normal lens for crop cameras, it's a great wide-angle for full frame. I use it on an old film body all the time shooting black & white.

It's small, focuses silently, and starts getting sharp at f/2.8. It's definitely my favorite lens that I own, and the one that I take probably 75% of my pictures with.

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