Canon EF 28-70mm f/two.8L USM Lens Review
When DSLRs first became popular, the Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens was
THE general purpose lens
to have. No other lens covering this focal length range or a similar range came close to the image quality, build quality and focus operation of this 1993-introduced lens. The Canon EF 28-70mm f/two.8L USM Lens was my starting time DSLR lens upon moving to the Catechism system with the Catechism EOS D60. I had no regrets with this decision.
The introduction of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens, with improvements that included weather sealing and an important-for-about additional 4mm of wide bending focal length ended the 28-seventy L’s reign as king of the general purpose range. And now, the Catechism EF 24-70mm f/2.8L 2 USM Lens has improved upon the version I lens with notably improved image quality. Here is a comparison between these three Canon L Serial Lenses:
For most people, the full general purpose focal length range is what they need and use virtually oftentimes. Combine that range with a wide-as-it-get-on-a-zoom f/2.8 max aperture and y’all have a lens that fills needs ranging from nuptials photography to indoor sports action photography to mural photography and MANY other uses.
The image quality of the Canon EF 28-70mm f/ii.8L USM Lens is quite adequate for professional needs. The 28-seventy 50 lens I evaluated is very sharp in the center with a wide open (f/2.8) aperture at 28mm with a gradual decline in sharpness until relatively soft centre results are experienced at 70mm and f/2.8. Broad open up, the corners at 28mm are slightly soft and exercise not change significantly until 70mm where the corners are noticeably softer.
At f/4, the corners show a nice comeback in sharpness and by 70mm, the entire frame is much improved. Even more sharpness improvement is seen at f/v.6 – especially at 70mm.
Typical for a zoom lens is butt distortion at the wide stop transitioning to pincushion distortion at the long end. The 28-70 Fifty shows a moderate corporeality of flare.
The Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens incorporates Ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) AF. This lens internally focuses quickly and quietly. Equally you would expect from a quality lens, the front end element does not rotate during focusing and FTM (Total Time Manual) focusing is enabled.
The 28-70 Fifty is non remarkable in its shut-focusing capabilities equally seen in the nautical chart beneath.
|Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/iii.5-5.6 IS USM Lens||13.eight”||(350mm)||0.21x|
|Canon EF xvi-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens||eleven.0″||(280mm)||0.22x|
|Catechism EF 17-40mm f/four.0L USM Lens||11.0″||(280mm)||0.25x|
|Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/two.8 IS USM Lens||13.8″||(350mm)||0.16x|
|Catechism EF-South 18-55mm f/3.5-v.6 IS II Lens||9.viii”||(250mm)||0.34x|
|Catechism EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-five.6 IS STM Lens||15.iv”||(390mm)||0.28x|
|Canon EF-Due south 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens||17.7″||(450mm)||0.24x|
|Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Ii USM Lens||15.0″||(380mm)||0.21x|
|Canon EF 24-70mm f/two.8L USM Lens||15.0″||(380mm)||0.29x|
|Catechism EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens||17.seven”||(450mm)||0.23x|
|Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens||19.vii”||(500mm)||0.18x|
|Canon EF 28-135mm f/three.5-5.6 IS USM Lens||19.7″||(500mm)||0.19x|
|Canon EF 28-300mm f/three.five-5.6L IS USM Lens||27.half-dozen”||(700mm)||.030x|
The Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens has a high quality build with shine focus and zoom rings. Similar the 24-70mm L (but dissimilar the 24-70 L Ii – and near other zoom lenses), the 28-seventy L extends to its longest length at its widest focal length.
A benefit of this extension direction is that the big lens hood (included) mounted to the non-extending portion of the lens barrel provides proper flare protection throughout the total focal length range. About extending lenses are only optimally protected from flare at their widest focal length.
Note that the lens hood shown in this review is a non-Canon EW-83BII Lens Hood.
With a solid build and wide aperture (lots of drinking glass), this is non a lightweight lens.
|Model||Weight||Dimensions w/o Hood||Filter||Year|
|Canon EF-S fifteen-85mm f/3.5-five.6 IS USM Lens||20.iii oz||(575g)||three.2 x 3.4″||(81.6 10 87.5mm)||72mm||2009|
|Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Ii USM Lens||22.6 oz||(640g)||3.v x 4.4″||(88.5 x 111.6mm)||82mm||2007|
|Canon EF 17-40mm f/iv.0L USM Lens||sixteen.eight oz||(475g)||three.3 ten 3.8″||(84 ten 97mm)||77mm||2003|
|Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/ii.8 IS USM Lens||22.8 oz||(645g)||3.3 x 4.four”||(83.5 x 110.6mm)||77mm||2006|
|Canon EF-Due south xviii-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens||7.1 oz||(200g)||two.7 ten three.3″||(68.v x 84.5mm)||58mm||2011|
|Canon EF-Due south 18-135mm f/iii.5-v.half-dozen IS STM Lens||16.9 oz||(480g)||3 x 3.8″||(76.half-dozen x 96mm)||67mm||2012|
|Catechism EF-S eighteen-200mm f/3.v-v.6 IS Lens||21.0 oz||(595g)||3.i x 4″||(78.6 x 102mm)||72mm||2008|
|Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens||28.4 oz||(805g)||3.5 x iv.4″||(88.5 10 113mm)||82mm||2012|
|Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens||33.5 oz||(950g)||3.3 x 4.9″||(83 x 124mm)||77mm||2002|
|Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens||23.vii oz||(670g)||iii.3 x 4.2″||(83.5 10 107mm)||77mm||2005|
|Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens||31.1 oz||(880g)||3.iii x 4.six”||(83.two x 117.6mm)||77mm||1993|
|Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens||19.ane oz||(540g)||3.1 x 3.8″||(78 10 97mm)||72mm||1998|
|Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.v-5.6L IS USM Lens||59.0 oz||(1670g)||three.6 x 7.six”||(92 x 194mm)||77mm||2004|
For many more comparisons, review the complete Canon EF 28-70mm f/ii.8L USM Lens Specifications using the site’s Lens Spec tool.
The common 77mm filter size volition exist convenient for those with Fifty-lens collections, allowing sharing of filters among lenses.
The reviewed 28-lxx L Lens was purchased used. Since the Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens was discontinued in 2002, you might have to search hard to find a reliable copy of this lens.
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