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EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM – Highly Versatile Wide-Angle Prime Lens

In this series of articles, we will go through one by one, the recommended lens for all APS-C users. With it as a guide, you will be able to start building your own lens system. In this article, we will learn more about the wide-angle prime lens EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM. (Reported by: Ryosuke Takahashi)

Wide-angle prime lens with IS function

This wide-angle prime lens comes with the IS function and boasts high image quality. Not only is it compatible with all full-frame EOS models, it can also be attached to APS-C models to obtain an angle of view equivalent to about 45mm in the 35mm format which is similar to that of a standard prime lens. Also, highly expressive close-up shots can be produced with the short focusing distance and a maximum magnification of 0.2x. To top it off, the powerful IS effect allows the lens to perform well under low- light conditions.

At a Glance!

  1. Powerful IS correction effect
  2. Equipped with a ring USM


FL: 28mm/ Aperture-priority AE (1/500 sec., f/8)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto

I took this shot with the aperture set at f/8, where the resolving power is the highest. The stone slabs on the roof and the details of the sculptures were sharply reproduced. The minimal amount of distortion in the subject and the high resolution power made this depiction one that is characteristic of a prime lens.


FL: 28mm/ Aperture-priority AE (1/4,000 sec., f/2.8)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto

In this example, I selected a bright aperture setting, and moved close to the subject to create background blur. As expected of a prime lens, the bokeh effect is smooth and soft.

EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Lens construction: 9 elements 7 groups
Closest focusing distance: Approx. 0.23m
Max. magnification: Approx. 0.2x
Filter size:φ58mm
Size: Approx. φ68.4×51.5mm
Weight: Approx. 260g

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Ryosuke Takahashi

Born in Aichi in 1960, Takahashi started his freelance career in 1987 after working with an advertising photo studio and a publishing house. Photographing for major magazines, he has travelled to many parts of the world from his bases in Japan and China. Takahashi is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS).

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