Canon 28 70 F2 8 Review

By | 21/10/2022

Canon EF 28-70mm f/two.8L USM Lens Review

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens

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:

Comparison: Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

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.

Model MFD MM
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” (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.

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens Product Images

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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