Canon EF 28mm lens

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The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM lens

The EF 28mm lenses are a group of prime lenses made by Canon that share the same focal length.

These lenses use the EF type mount that fits the Canon EOS line of cameras. When used on a camera body with an APS-C sensor, such as the Canon EOS 700D, it provides a narrower field of view, equivalent to a 45 mm lens mounted on a 35 mm frame body. With a 1.3x body such as the Canon EOS-1D Mark III, it provides a less narrow field of view, equivalent to a 36 mm lens mounted on a 35 mm frame body.

Three EF 28mm lenses have been sold by Canon:

  • f/2.8, introduced April 1987 (now discontinued, replaced by f/2.8 IS USM)[1]
  • f/1.8 USM, introduced September 1995[2]
  • f/2.8 IS USM introduced June 2012[3]

With the discontinuation of the EF 15mm Fisheye Lens in 2011, the EF 28mm f/2.8 lens became the oldest EOS lens in production before being itself discontinued after the release of the IS version.[4][5] The IS version marked another milestone for Canon; that lens and the 24mm f/2.8 IS lens introduced at the same time were Canon's first image-stabilized prime lenses with a focal length less than 100 mm,[6] as well as the company's first image-stabilized non-L primes.

Specifications of the EF 28mm lenses[edit]

Attribute f/1.8 USM f/2.8 f/2.8 IS USM
Image Canon EF 28mm f1.8 USM.jpg Canon EF 28mm.jpg Canon EF 28 IS.jpg
Key features
Full-frame compatible Yes Yes
Image stabilizer No No Yes Yes
Ultrasonic Motor Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
L-series No No
Diffractive Optics No No
Macro No No
Technical data
Aperture (max-min) f/1.8-f/22 f/2.8-f/22
Construction 9 groups / 10 elements 5 groups / 5 elements 7 groups / 9 elements
# of diaphragm blades 7 5 7 (circular)
Closest focusing distance 0.25 Meters 0.3 Meters 0.23 Meters
Max. magnification 0.18x 0.13x 0.2x
Horizontal viewing angle 65°
Diagonal viewing angle 75°
Vertical viewing angle 46°
Physical data
Weight .68 lb / 310g .41 lb / 186g .57 lb / 260g
Maximum diameter 2.9" / 74 mm 2.6" / 67 mm 2.69" / 68.4 mm
Length 2.2" / 56 mm 1.7" / 43 mm 2.02" / 51.5 mm
Filter diameter 58 mm 52 mm 58 mm
Lens hood EW-63II EW-60II EW-65B
Case LP814 LP811 LP1014
Retail information
Release date September 1995 April 1987 June 2012
Currently in production? Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
MSRP $ $509.99 $374.99 $549.99


  1. ^ Canon Inc. "EF 28mm f/2.8". Canon Camera Museum. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Canon Inc. "EF28mm f/1.8 USM". Canon Camera Museum. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Canon Inc. "EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM". Canon Camera Museum. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 discontinued". Canon Fisheye EF 15mm f/2.8 discontinued. June 13, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Chronological list of EF/EF-S lenses since 1987". Chronological list of EF/EF-S lenses since 1987. June 25, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  6. ^ Carnathan, Bryan (October 3, 2012). "Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens Review". Retrieved January 11, 2014.

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