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About Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

This Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Bundle comes with $51.89 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 58mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit and a ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether and Shipping is free! .

A 21st century update to a popular and widely used fixed focal length lens, the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is a fixed focal length wide-angle 28mm lens equipped with Canon Optical Image Stabilizer technology, superb image quality and performance perfect for use in any number of photographic applications. Sharp, clear images are easy with an Optical Image Stabilizer that offers up to 4 stops of shake correction while a ring-type USM and advanced CPU with optimized AF algorithms enable faster auto focusing. Aspherical lens elements help improve image quality on the periphery and lens coatings help minimize ghosting and flare. A 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds. Compact and lightweight with outstanding lens performance, it's the perfect lens to go with any EOS DSLR camera whether shooting stills or video.

The Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography and more.The Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Nice bokeh

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (25),Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),Consistent output (9),Easily interchangeable (9),Durable (7),Nice bokeh (7),Strong construction (5),Sharp (4),Easy to use (4),Reliable (4),Super-sharp images (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (11),Low light (10),Night photography (8),Portraits (5),Travel (5),Weddings (4),Landscape photography (4),Everyday (4),Home (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (7),Enthusiast (7),Semi-professional (4),Professional (3)

Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Features

  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 shutter speed stops ofcorrection.
  • Ring USM, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithms for fast autofocusing.
  • Full-time manual focus for manual adjustment while in AF mode.
  • Aspherical lens elements improve peripheral image quality.
  • Circular diaphragm (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Silent and smooth operation makes it suitable for video shooting.
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.23m.
  • Compact design.

Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Specifications

7 groups /9 elements
Angle of view
Closest Focusing Distance
0.23m / 0.75 ft.
Filter Size
Dimensions - Diameter x Length
2.69 x 2.02 in. / 68.4 x 51.5mm
9.2 oz./ 260g
Mfr #

Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Reviews

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(based on 39 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


excellent for high quality travel pictures

For starters some background: In June this year I bought the new 40mm pancake which reminded me that prime lenses are preferable in many cases. Their discrete size and the lightweight prove beneficial when walking around; but also the fact that they force not to be lazy about image composition I like. . Whilst the 40mm is so affordable that it was a risk free just-for-fun purchase, this is certainly not true for the 28mm. It is simply expensive. Up to now I keep wondering what else I could ha...

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For starters some background: In June this year I bought the new 40mm pancake which reminded me that prime lenses are preferable in many cases. Their discrete size and the lightweight prove beneficial when walking around; but also the fact that they force not to be lazy about image composition I like. . Whilst the 40mm is so affordable that it was a risk free just-for-fun purchase, this is certainly not true for the 28mm. It is simply expensive. Up to now I keep wondering what else I could have bought for the money. . The key question is, is it worth that price? My first thought when I got it was 'what a bore'; it is rather unexciting in particular when mounted on my 5DII (the pancake is different in this respect). But how does it perform? . And that is excellent. Sharpness is just great starting at f2.8; you may find reviews stating that full open the extreme borders show some problems, but these are minimal - they appear just a bit softer. Remember, this is a wide angle lens! Chromatic errors are nearly absent. Color rendition is good as well, albeit perhaps a bit cool. The stabilizer works as advertised, although at 100% I can see some blurring as of 1/6th. Vignetting (up to f4.5) and distortion are visible, but readily corrected in Lightroom. . However correct the distortion? Any wide angle lens distorts a face towards the outer edges by their extreme perspective. However the distortion characteristic of this lens tends to mitigate this effect... I will not correct such images, I like the distortion characteristic of this lens! . This lens really shows its benefits when shooting video. Although I am not into video and the 5DII remains a bit awkward for this purpose I've shot my most professional looking videos since I purchased this lens. . For me the bottom line is that is does what I want it to do. It is a lightweight walk around lens which handles low light well and has excellent image quality. I bought it for travel photography and that is what it is excellent for. The price? Well, I will forget about it once in the future.


Most Liked Negative Review



Perhaps I got a bad copy. I used this on a rebel. On the first shots the middle was fine but the edges were very soft. In comparison with the 18-55mm kit lens set to 28mm, the 28mm f2.8 IS wasn't as sharp at all apertures from f4 on. Chromatic aberations were worse, the right side was particularly soft. I returned the lens. Adorama is great, no hassle returns. I've lost interest in this lens, but will buy from Adorama again.

Reviewed by 39 customers


As sharp as it gets


from Undisclosed

This new 28mm IS USM lens is about as good as it gets, image sharpness wise on Canon SLRs. On a crop sensor (APS C) body it works out to a 44.8mm lens, in 35mm format terms. That's almost exactly what your eye sees and was once considered the "normal" focal length in 35mm photography. If you read any of the many reviews online, it out performs even the 1.8 (non IS) version, which is much older technology. CA is really low here, almost non-existent. Distortion is low, especially for this focal length. If you go with this len's 24mm brother, you will gain more CA, more corner softness and more distortion. You just can't beat this lens. Yes it's not as versatile as a zoom (I also have the 15-85 IS USM Canon lens) but man, is this 28mm tack sharp. If you really care about image quality, you can't beat a prime lens, and this 28mm IS USM is the lens to beat.


Nice prime lens


from Northern California  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this lens for an upcoming trip to Ireland. I wanted a relatively wide angle lens as an alternative to the EF 28-105 L lens I usually use for travel. This lens is very clear, fast (f2.8), has IS, is light, and not a budget breaker. Easy to carry around without fatigue.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


It's a good lens if you need it


from Greenfield, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I returned mine. The lens falls into the category of "if you need the focal length, you'll love it." I was using this on a full frame, and found it too wide for normal, too narrow for wide. For the price I just didn't see it getting used all that much. Image quality was great, the IS is solid. It's a great lens, just ask yourself if you need the focal length.


Great addition to my landscape arsenal


from Houston, Tx.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great for landscape opps when trail will not allow tripods! IS nearly always gives me gives me 4 stops shuttere advantage when needed due to poor light. Love the lens!


Great Light Lens


from easton  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A nice sharp,fast and light prime


Very nice lens, great results!


from Upstate NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Most of my photography is birds and wildlife, but I also enjoy flowers of all kinds and scenery. My telephoto lens handle the birds and wildlife but not much good for the flowers and scenery. I would have liked another "L" lens but could not afford it. I settled for the EF 28mm f/2.8. I am very pleased with it--sharp pictures and auto-focus works well and with the discount the price was reasonable. Adorama offered additional gift items that certainly added great value (EF 12 II Extension tube, filter kit & cleaning kit). I'm very pleased with the purchase. Although I have much to learn about photography yet, I take over 6000 photos a year and love it. I am unable to share a photo because of snail-speed internet.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing lens


from West Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

Amazingly sharp, great IS, perfect prime walkaround on an APS-C.


Excellent lens


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I believe this is Canon's smallest and lightest stabilized prime lens. It's very easy to hand-hold, because the IS is consistently good for +3 stops. The sharpness is pretty astounding all the way to the corners even wide open. The images have good, accurate color rendition. There's no warmth and contrast boost like an L lens, though. The bokeh is just a bit busy, but not objectionably so. The autofocus is fast and accurate. This could well be a Canon-shooting photojournalist's favorite lens.


Great all purpose lens for aps-c sensor


from Vail,Az.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used for landscape and some portrait photos. It's a small, sharp lens with IS and has really useful framing on my 50D.


Razor Sharp lens


from Australia  -  Pro Photographer

I use this for Street scape and candids as well as portraiture and landscape. I mst say, this is a very sharp and contrasty lens and the IS works a treat. I think if Canon had placed weather sealing on this baby, it could easily have worn a RED ring on the barrel worthy of "L" status. Well done, great glass here.


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