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Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2013, 05:21:06 PM »
Hi!
Besides the two kit lenses that I got with my t2i, I only bought the nifty fifty before the 28mm 1.8 so I don't really have any good comparisons to make but I love my copy. I got it off ebay with filter and hood for 395 about 9months ago.. I love the USM and its ability to focus in low light. The 50 really hunts at times. Again, I can't compare it to much but it's a good lens for the price and its really sharp. I did read a lot of reviews before making the purchase and I'm glad I bought it. Better than the 35mm f2 at least in build quality... Don't know about IQ. like others have already said, it gets sharper at 2.2-2.8. It's okay as a landscape but i like it for street photography (on a crop).

I won't recommend it too much but I am a very happy owner of one. :) I've gotten some very very nice portraits with it.
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Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2013, 05:21:06 PM »

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Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2013, 05:29:01 PM »
I have it.  No complaints.

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Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2013, 05:56:24 PM »
I shot quite a bit with the 35mm f/2 & found it wanting just like some of the previous posters.  Colors were blah (we can fix that, right?), corners weren't very sharp, blah, blah, blah. 

I thought I'd get the 28mm 1.8 to upgrade.  And it was better.  But after a week or two it was buried in my bag & seldom made an appearance.  I eventually sold it. 

BUT, I just picked up the 28mm f2.8 is.  I've taken maybe 400-500 photos so far, in various situations, and although I wouldn't say I've throughly tested it- I love it!  I heard a lot of "too slow for a prime", "don't need the IS", "why did Canon even make this lens?"  And I agreed with those thoughts (at least the 1st two). But I found shooting with it much different than what I thought.  Sharp wide open, very good colors (a lot less post work) & the IS does come in handy given the relatively slow speed for a prime.  Honestly, I can't think of a situation where I'd rather go back to 28 1.8.  And of course the fact that I paid about the same or less for the 2.8 ($400 brand new) than the 1.8 is currently going for on a number of sites certainly helped. 

Since you seem to be sold on the focal length my advice, go to you local shop and test both lens.  Take some test pattern shots with both lens. Shoot some inside, lower light photos.  Be sure to shoot some test shots with bright colors & some outdoors shots (if you and your camera guy are on good terms). 

After you get home and compare the shots I think you'll know which one you'd prefer.  Or just buy both when you find a good enough deal.  Shoot for a few weeks with each and sell the one you don't want.  I found that almost always makes the decision easier, and often cheaper, than renting..   

Good luck & happy shooting with whichever lens you end up with, take care.
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Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2013, 05:56:24 PM »