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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Dec 29, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $169.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Price
Cons:
Not as sharp as my 17-40 zoom, disappointing for a prime.

I got this lens as a christmas present, and I thought it would be a great carry around lens when my 17-40 was a bit slow and bulky, but the first shots looked a bit soft, so I did a side by side with the 17-40 and found the zoom to be sharper and with better contrast at all apertures. I was suprised and disapointed, in my experience primes are always sharper than zooms at the same focal length, even though the 28 2.8 isn't a L lens I still expected better performance. This speaks well for the 17-40, but not so well for the older primes. Perhaps I got a bad sample of the 28, or a particularly good sample of the 17-40, either way, I'm still looking for a nice fast light wide angle lens, the 28 is going back, maybe I'll try the 35 2.0.