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Help! Canon 28mm f/1.8 VS canon 28mm f/2.8 IS ... Any opinions?

 
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Jan 19, 2014 22:45 |  #1

Hi there!
I currently own a Canon 6D with a 50mm 1.8 II. Only recently have I moved up to full frame and I am now looking for the most suitable lenses. I am more than likely going to purchase the canon 85mm 1.8. I then want to get my hands on a lens for my wider shots, i think that a 28mm would be a very good lens to go with my 50mm and 85mm.
(What do you think?)

So my question; is the 28mm 2.8 IS worth the extra money for the IS? Or am I better off with the 1.8 and having a more wide open lens for cheaper? Which has better image quality and if so, is it that much better to spend the extra money on?

Any advice, opinions etc would be greatly appreciated! Thank you :)


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Jan 19, 2014 23:09 |  #2
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I had the old 28 2.8. It was a tad soft wide open. At f/4 it was wonderful. I actually had the 24 2.8 IS for a week or so. I took it back because it was wider than what I expected on FF. I swapped it out for a 35mm f/2 IS. Both the 24 IS and 35 IS are as sharp as you'd want, all the way across the frame, wide open. In my opinion the newer IS (24, 28, 35) lenses are worth the price.

That said, f/1.8 has to be worth something.


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Jan 20, 2014 04:37 |  #3

L.P.F.J wrote in post #16619893 (external link)
So my question; is the 28mm 2.8 IS worth the extra money for the IS?

Was for me. It is a very handy lens. I have read the IQ is better, but I dont see a huge improvement. I am sure someone who is more experienced with the finer details can explain it better than me.


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Jan 20, 2014 05:02 |  #4

I had the 1.8 version years ago. I thought it was poor wide open. So, what's the point of 1.8? I have the new 2.8 IS version now and its great. FYI... I also have the old 28mm 2.8 without the IS. I thought that old non IS version was better than the 1.8!




  
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Jan 20, 2014 19:07 |  #5

1.8 for speed and bokeh, but the 2.8 versions should render well on FF. The 1.8 has a focus shift and can be annoying getting things in focus above 2.8. But it is sharp, just gotta have good technique. There's tradeoffs of course.

AFD motor on my 90's 70-210/4 is quick! But loud! As loud as the large FF shutter on the 5D. Its better then the 50 1.8's micro motor.

IS is a nice thing, based on the youtube "thatnikonguy"'s review of the 4 stops that 70-200 give he was able to hand hold easily into the 1/15th of a second range at 70mm I think, so your 28 should be good for a second or two.

Lastly the old 2.8 is enough in the sun, but indoors, use at least a 60-75w bulb any less and you'll need IS or the 1.8. At 60w, f2.8, iso 1600 shutter speeds are 1/20th. If you have better iso or lighting than the 5D then go for it. Pros of the new one are better optics than either of the old ones, USM right?, and IS.


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Jan 21, 2014 11:31 |  #6

I had the older EF 28 f/2.8 as the main lens on my 60D for a while.

I upgraded to the newer EF 28 f/2.8 IS USM.
Best thing I ever did.
I just love the lens... superb IQ at all apertures, and super silent too.

Went to London for a few days over Christmas and just took the 60D and the 28 IS, no flash, no more of anything else.
It's easily my favourite crop focal length and thus favourite lens.

It also maybe worth noting that the lens hood from the old version actually fits nicely on the new one, even though Canon specification says buy a new one!!

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Jan 21, 2014 11:51 as a reply to  @ PH68's post |  #7

I really like the 28mm 1.8. This picture was shot at f/2
It's kinda soft wide open, but I really like the wide angle.
If you dont pixel peep, it is still a great lens.


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Jan 21, 2014 16:07 |  #8

28 1.8 at 1.8. I'm not complaining. I still shoot most thing witm my 35L, but when I need a touch wider (or a lot lighter!) prime, no problem shooting with it on 5d3. never had to IS version, so can't compare. bokeh and speed wise, 1.8 is a massive difference to 2.8 though.

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Jan 21, 2014 17:22 |  #9

I use the 24L on both crop and my 6D.
I have no problem handholding all of my shots, but keep my shutter speed at at least 1/250 or faster when shooting at 1.4. My ISO at 3200 max.
While I have not used the 28mm (non IS) I don't feel IS is needed with such a wide angle lens, especially on a FF camera.
I have non IS or my 24L or 50 1.4 However I do swear by the IS on my 100L. It makes all the difference in the world handheld at 8.0 :)
THe longer the focal length the move valuable IS can be when not using a tripod.
My recommendation is save your cash and get the 28mm (non IS) and the Canon 50 1.5, even the 85mm 1.8
None of these lenses have IS, but 85mm is the maximum length I would shoot before IS
I have heard great things about the 35mm IS, but that may be due to newer elements and build quality more than the IS feature.
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Jan 22, 2014 03:19 |  #10

It completely depends on what you intend to shoot with it. If you're shooting people or in low light, get the 1.8. If you're using it mostly for landscapes, get the 2.8.

Both are solid performing lenses.


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Jan 22, 2014 03:52 |  #11

I use and love the 28f1.8 when I'm walking light and at night. It has great bokeh and reasonable sharpness, even wide open. The thing I've read that it does struggle with is shooting tree branches against a brightly lit sky. F2.8 seems like a big jump to me even if it does have IS. I'll stick with my 1.8 for now.

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Jan 22, 2014 09:24 |  #12

When I used my film cameras, 28 was too wide for general use, and I liked 40 or 35 much better. It depends on your intended use. I would prefer 35 on full frame for people photos and general use. I'f your use is limited to landscape, then 28 might be OK.
The Canon 35F2 IS is a very nice lens. Before you make a decision, take a look at some reviews, or the comments at Lens Rentals about these lenses.




  
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Jan 22, 2014 10:02 |  #13

Thank you so much for all of your comments and replies!

I now own the Canon 85mm 1.8 and it is a fantastic lens! Really great for my portrait shots and bokeh quality is very well rendered. The lens is very sharp and still at wide open! ...Very happy with it!

SO ... I have my 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8.... I know that i want a wider angle. The 28mm is the focal length that I have my mind set on. I am going to rent the 28mm 1.8 out for a week from my university and get a feel for it!
I do not feel that I will need IS with the 28mm so its down to whether I get the 1.8 or the 2.8....

Also im curious about the 24mm 2.8... how would you say it compares to the 28mm?
Sadly I cannot afford to be paying for L series lenses!


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Jan 23, 2014 14:53 |  #14

I think I said earlier...
EF 28 IS is sharp from wide open, and at all apertures.
IQ is rather good too, far far better than the older non IS version.


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