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About Canon 28mm F/1.8

This Canon 28mm F/1.8 Bundle comes with $51.89 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 58mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit, and a Universal Lens Cap Tether and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey. Test 1

With the large maximum aperture, excellent background blur is possible even with a fast shutter speed. The aspherical lens element makes the lens compact and corrects spherical aberrations. The image is sharp even at the edges. Lead-free glass is used.

The Canon 28mm F/1.8 is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Video, Weddings and more.The Canon 28mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 28mm F/1.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 28mm F/1.8: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (28),Lightweight (26),Consistent output (18),Nice bokeh (18),Strong construction (15),Durable (12),Easily interchangeable (12),Fast auto-focus (7),Rugged (7),Superior build quality (4),Fast (3),Super-sharp images (3)
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (25),Night photography (16),Landscape/scenery (15),Weddings (11),Video (8),General purpose (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (14),Semi-pro photographer (6),Semi-professional (4),Pro photographer (3)

Canon 28mm F/1.8 Specifications

9 groups /10 elements
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m / 0.8 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.9" x 2.2" / 73.6 x 55.6mm
10.9 oz. / 310g

Canon 28mm F/1.8 Reviews

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(based on 47 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Lens On 7D (Or Any 1.6x Crop Body)

I regrettably sold my 28mm f/1.8 when I upgraded from my Canon 550D. When I got my 7D, I purchased the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 due to all the 'hype'. I wasn't satisfied (after having Sigma calibrate lens) and returned the lens. I then purchased a second 28mm f/1.8 to use on my Canon 7D. This lens is just perfect on 1.6x crop bodies (gives around a 45mm FOV). If you find the 50mm too long on a crop, then this is the lens you need! The lens is well-built and focusses fast. It is a great low-light lens...

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I regrettably sold my 28mm f/1.8 when I upgraded from my Canon 550D. When I got my 7D, I purchased the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 due to all the 'hype'. I wasn't satisfied (after having Sigma calibrate lens) and returned the lens. I then purchased a second 28mm f/1.8 to use on my Canon 7D. This lens is just perfect on 1.6x crop bodies (gives around a 45mm FOV). If you find the 50mm too long on a crop, then this is the lens you need! The lens is well-built and focusses fast. It is a great low-light lens and gives excellent results using natural lighting. I also like using this lens when shooting video on my 7D.

Reviewed by 47 customers


Extremely Pleased


from Fort Worth, TX

This has been my favorite lens so far. I have another fixed lens of Canon's that I fell in love with & both are great. The images are crisp and clear and they are sturdy/durable.


Quiet, fast autofocus. ...


from Philadelphia, PA

Quiet, fast autofocus. Very useful field of view - I use this as my walk around lens on a full-frame camera when I go hiking. Wide enough for light landscape / architectural use (though, if this is a primary need of yours, you probably want something wider). Not so much distortion that shots of people are unusable. For me, it's in the sweet spot. It's plenty fast and I'm impressed with the sharpness.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Almost great


from south carolina

I've used this lens for some video shoots and have gotten some amazing results. On a full frame, it's great for wedding receptions, concerts, etc. Sunstars are nice and it handles light really well... for the most part. In some photos, I've gotten some really nasty chromatic aberration. However, I still love it. Everyone needs a wide angle and this is a good one.




from Colton, CA

This is the 4th lens (all Canon) that I purchased for my full frame 5D Mk II, and I love it. This lens has relegated my slower mid-range IS zoom to the closet. In a side by side test at 28 mm in evening light, the images this lens produces blows those of my slower mid-range IS zoom away! I prefer this lens for walk around and events - basically anytime I am not shooting portraits. It feels light and not bulky, makes my camera much more enjoyable to carry around. On top of that, it looks great and feels very well built. The only reason I didn't 5 stars for: Features - is it is simple - which is a good thing. What more does it need? Performance - I have read that certain other fixed L lenses have very slightly more contrast at apertures wider than 2.8, which is hard for me to believe after using this one. If I hadn't read that, I would have given this lens 5 stars. Quality - 4 stars only because it is not metal, but it feels solid like metal, and thank goodness it isn't metal because otherwise it would be heavier. Since you are reading this, you obviously think you might need a fixed 28 mm. My suggestion is stop reading and just buy this lens - you won't be sorry - unless you feel like you want to spend more on an L lens ...


Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM


from Jacksonville, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great lens. Bright, sharp, great images


Canon lens


from Scottsdale, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

It is wide enough for the Grand Canyon, but not too wide (or fish eye). It is quiet, and worked well shooting Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West a week ago.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Quality construction, great pictures


from Chicago, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this lens for indoors and low light photography. My go-to lens has been the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, but it is too tight indoors. Although I can't tell whether the photo quality is any better than my cheap 50mm, this lens definitely feels more durable and made with better materials than the 50mm. The autofocus seems pretty quick and also very quiet.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


My new favorite lens


from South Lake Tahoe, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I got this for my crop sensor t3i and it is awesome. I have used it for night shots and landscapes so far and it seems real sharp. Excellent in low light situations. The focal length is great for an everyday walk around lens. This will be mounted most of the time. I will be retiring the 18-55 kit lens for this one.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Fast Primes Are Your Friend


from Ohio

I bought this lens because I wanted a fast prime. That's precisely what I got. As the other reviews have said, this lens works out to be very close to an actual nifty fifty focal length on a crop sensor like the T3i. In hindsight, I probably should have gone with a 35mm or a 50mm, but that has nothing to do with the quality of this lens, just my preference. When I pulled this lens out of the box, I was thrown off by the weight. Coming from only having kit lenses before, the weight for the size of the 28mm was surprising to me. It's still very compact and wieldy, which is very nice for just bringing a camera and a lens with you on a trip. The working with a f/1.8 lens is great. Because of the fast aperture and short focal length, IS really isn't necessary. As I mentioned earlier, this lens works out to be roughly a 50mm, which I like because I learned on a film camera with a fast 50mm lens. However, you will still end up with the wide angle distortion. On a full frame camera, the field of view is quite stunning. Great for medium to small rooms or getting a close foreground and distant background.


Great Lens


from Jackson, MI  -  Pro Photographer

I love the quality of this lens so far, and the photos it produces. I love it because it represents a very real image, close to what the human eye sees - that gives the photos a lot more emotion, and the feeling that you're almost right there in the moment. Not to mention it's great in low light situations and focuses quickly & accurately - great for weddings & intimate gatherings!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
NICOLE W  I needed to shoot full bodied subjects in a very small studio space.
PENNY W  I have a canon eos rebel xsi 450D. Would this lens work on it?
BENNY N  Yes. It will be equivalent to 45mm on a full frame camera. Just a FYI, it's not as sharp and the bokeh is not as good as Canon's 50mm f/1.4; but, the 28mm is easier to use in a small room because of its shorter focal length.
Shopper  What kind of differences do you find between this and an 18mm?
John C  I could easily see a difference between this lens and the kit lens 18-55 that came with my T2i. The images I get with this lens are much sharper and I can shot in doors without the flash. However, if the smaller f numbers yield a bit of a less sharp image and you will want to have more lighting.
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