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| p.1 #13 · EF 28mm f/1.8 performance at f/1.8? |
Will Patterson wrote:
I really liked my 28 1.8 when I had it. It was great wide open, I thought.
I've heard there's some varying copies, but I've shot my 28 f1.8 wide open quite a bit and I really can't find anything to complain about. Maybe I got a sharp copy? I shot it side-by-side my 50 f1.4 night after night and in low light, I felt the dreamy-softness of the 50 f1.4 was less acceptable than the 28's performance under f2.
I immediately traded my 50 f1.4 for an 85 f1.8 and kept my 28 f1.8.
All that to say, at the very least -- it must be agreed upon that there are some great copies of the 28 f1.8 out there. For me, it has been a real bang-for-the-buck lens and I plan on hanging on to it indefinitely. Don't let the negative reviews deter you, but instead let them motivate you to see sample shots from the copy you are about to buy.
It's an almost 1:1 ratio of very positive reviews to a negative review, and it's not the first time Canon's QA procedures have come into question.