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My new 28mm F1.8 - thanks drisley!

 
RichardtheSane
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Jun 05, 2005 09:00 |  #1

My 28mm F1.8 that I purchased from Drisley arrived at work on friday.

This is the first prime other than the 50mm F1.8mk1 that I have used. First thing i notice is the build and feel of the lens. Truly great! And thanks to drisley in great condition when I got it too :)

NOw I always found my 50mm 1.8 was either too long or too short for what I wanted to do. Rarely was it 'just right' wheras the 28mm feels 'just right' on a lot more occasions. It has only been off the camera once since friday and that is because I needed 400mm! I just found my new 'walkabout lens'

OK, I'll shut up and let the pictures do a bit of talking. I can't wait to do some serious work with it! I am thinking sharpness and contrast are easily rivalling my 17-40L at similar apertures - maybe even exceeding!

The prime makes quick landscape snaps difficult. This is a good thing because I need to think about composition more anyway. I also used hyperfocal distance to focus this and trusted it rather than AF.

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This is F5.6. Difficult to tell on this res but the bokeh is smooooth and nice
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And an indoor shot at F1.8 1/50th second ISO 1600 hand held.
btw. This was a dimly lit room and I love the F1.8 on this field of view.
(and yes, folowing on from your shot in the bar drisley, the obligatory beer shot. Off to find a barmaid now :) )
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Finally, indoors at F2.8. Look at the fur detail
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OK, you guessed it, I love this lens. Best money I have spent in a very long time. Thanks drisley for giving me this opportunity. And should you sell any more kit gimme a shout, I've never actually enjoyed the process of buying from someone so much either :)

If in doubt, I shut up...

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tommykjensen
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Jun 05, 2005 09:14 |  #2

Great shots. I like the 2 of Your dog best.

I too got this lens the past week but have not yet had a real chance to use it.


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schmoelzel
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Jun 05, 2005 09:44 |  #3

Nice shots Richard and enjoy the new lens!! Is that a whippet I see in the shots? Which camera body do you use?




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fetching
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Jun 05, 2005 10:28 |  #4

that's tippy the whippet, isn't it? :)




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RichardtheSane
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Jun 05, 2005 12:14 as a reply to tommykjensen's post |  #5

tommykjensen wrote:
Great shots. I like the 2 of Your dog best.

I too got this lens the past week but have not yet had a real chance to use it.

Thanks Tommy :)
I'm sure you will love this lens, I can see myself having a lot of fun with it.


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Jun 05, 2005 12:17 as a reply to schmoelzel's post |  #6

schmoelzel wrote:
Nice shots Richard and enjoy the new lens!! Is that a whippet I see in the shots? Which camera body do you use?

Thanks schmoelzel, I am enjoying the new lens.
It truly is makin me think more about the shots.
Tippy is a Whippet x bedlington terrier, hence the wiry look - even though his fur is very soft! I use the lens on my 20D. I was looking for a lens that about equaled the FOV of a 50mm and this is perfect!


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Jun 05, 2005 12:18 as a reply to fetching's post |  #7

fetching wrote:
that's tippy the whippet, isn't it? :)

Most certainly is.

No I have to ask, how do you know? :)


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tommykjensen
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Jun 05, 2005 12:20 as a reply to RichardtheSane's post |  #8

RichardtheSane wrote:
Most certainly is.

No I have to ask, how do you know? :)

Hehe, maybe from Yourself :lol:

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Jun 05, 2005 12:23 as a reply to RichardtheSane's post |  #9

Hey Richard, I think we may be seeing a new avatar pic soon!

Finding a good prime wide angle is a real challenge, but I think you have cracked it!

Hope you have a good time together.

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Jun 06, 2005 12:42 |  #10

Nice shots! I just ordered mine. Looks like a good choice.


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Jun 06, 2005 19:01 as a reply to RichardtheSane's post |  #11

RichardtheSane wrote:
Most certainly is.

No I have to ask, how do you know? :)

i saw Tippy at your PBASE gallery...what a gorgeous dog and great shots. :)




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drisley
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Jun 09, 2005 16:26 |  #12

Excellent! I LOVE #2!
I swear this lens got sharper with a trip across the pond.
Cute dog too!
Btw, that had better be a Guinness! And yes, you have to post at least one barmaid shot ;)


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Jun 10, 2005 00:15 |  #13

What a great lens. I've been looking into this one myself, and I find 80% of the comments on the net are negative, but 80% of the shots taken with this lens look awesome. I suppose sometimes people do recycle what other people have said, without first hand experience. Your shots, and drisley's look SO good that I'm thinking about this lens very seriously now. I was going to wait for the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 but the Canon has the advantage of sharing filters with my 85mm f/1.8. I just hope I get a copy that's as good as yours!


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drisley
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Jun 10, 2005 00:44 |  #14

Wintoid,

When I was looking for a normal angle prime, I too read LOTS of negative reviews of this lens.
I THINK that the reason may be the price of the lens, because it costs so much more than the 28/2.8 and 35/2 lenses. I think that in addition to the better build and autofocus, people expect the optics to be much better too.
Perhaps since RichardTheSane got such an amazing price buying it used (;)), he can give a more objective opinion.
I found the optics to be similar to the 50/1.8II in the sharpness department, but it definately has better colour and bokeh than the 50/1.8II. That's nothing to complain about. But, then again, the 50/1.8II costs $120cdn, and the 28/1.8 costs $620cdn.
From what I've heard, the quality control of the 28/1.8 is quite consistent. Moreso than many other lenses (like the 16-35L).
The Sigma 30/1.4 looks promising, but they are taking a LONG time getting this thing to market.


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Jun 10, 2005 15:29 as a reply to drisley's post |  #15

Well I found a reasonable deal on a second hand one in good condition, and my copy seems to be pretty good. In my opinion, it's like the 85mm f/1.8's little brother or something. Of course the 85mm can't focus very close at all, whereas this 28 f/1.8 can focus down to about 25 cm, which is very liberating when you have a small baby heading towards you and you don't have to shuffle backwards :D

Anyway, here's the obligatory test with one of my baby girl's toys...

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