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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Jul 31, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: small, compact, light, fast USM - your little nifty lens!

This lens was my first prime lens for my 550D. For the price you pay, you get more than you have paid for.

I love prime lenses and I have always wanted the 50mm focal length. Since I am using a cropped sensor camera, I had to choose between the 28mm and 35mm focal length. I went with the 28mm with this 1.8 aperture because it was the largest in the category and I didnít want to purchase the 35mm just yet.

The 28mm is SO good. I was SO happy with it. Why? Because it wasnít expensive and it was PERFECT for what I needed my lens to do. Inconspicuous, light and fast.

If you are new to prime lenses and you use a 1.6 cropped sensor camera, THIS IS THE LENS FOR YOU! Believe me, you canít go wrong.

If your budget allows you to spend more, get the 35mm f1.4 L USM. I have both because my girlfriend convinced me that there is no point in settling for less. However, donít let my words alter what you think. The 28mm is SO good but what annoyed me was, there was something better. This is why I ended up getting the 35mm f1.4 L USM. If you can wait, wait. However, getting the 28mm can NEVER be a wrong choice. Just make sure you test two of them to find the sharpest one. I got lucky and got a decent copy!

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Jul 31, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 


I personally use a 550D and I've been shooting for half a year. The kit lens was not the best (since I love to shoot in low-light situations) so I upgraded to a 28mm f/1.8 USM. I have been using that lens for about 3 months now as my main lens (95% of the time).

Went on vacation for a week and my friend lent me his 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM and I was debating what my first L glass should be.

After thinking about it for a full month, I decided to get the 35mm instead of the 24-70 because of these reasons:

- I have always loved prime lenses, makes me move about to compose my photos

- 24-70mm is heavy, although it is versatile (focal-length-wise), I bring my camera EVERYWHERE. Even though I workout and everything, it is very stressful for the wrist

- the 24-70mm is a very obvious lens - I personally like street photography, although my 550D is no Leica, the 35mm, is much more discreet than the gigantic 24-70mm with its lens hood

After using the 35mm for a day or two and shooting about 200 photos. I have to say... I LOVE IT. Not being cocky or anything but money is not a huge factor for me, however I NEVER believed that L lens would make such a huge impact since the prices are ridiculous. The 28mm f/1.8 USM I used was sharp, I had an amazing copy and from what I've seen on other reviews, people were not as lucky - but the 35mm is SO much better.

I never cared for sharpness because I don't spend my time looking at each pixel but what I get from it is a little better than the 24-70mm, don't take it the wrong way, that is a GREAT thing.

Prime lenses were always good for creating bokeh but with this lens... it gives more of a pop. I know it sounds weird but the subjects REALLY stand out from the background. My girlfriend personally loves the rougher bokeh given by the 28mm but I love the smooth creamy bokeh that the 35mm gets from it.

In conclusion, Price = terrible. I NEVER thought I would blow my money on this but it was WORTH IT. Build quality = not as tough as the 24-70mm but I take very good care of my baby so itís good enough for me. Satisfaction: couldnít be any happier. Focusing = I only use the middle AF point to compose my shots, it is always dead on.

Until I change to full frame, I will not be buy any lenses anytime soon, I honestly donít see a point on having so many lenses. I will sell my 28mm very soon and give back the 24-70mm to my friend, I wonít be needing them anymore. Like I said before, I don't like wasting my money but this lens is definetly worth it. Good luck!