I started to shoot on film in a cold winter of 2014. I used to shoot mainly with compact film cameras with color negative film, were I tried to test as many as possible of them. In the summer of 2018 I bought my first Olympus XA and fell in love with rangefinders and black & white photography. I then began to dream of buying a Leica, and soon found myself with an M7 and 7Artisans 35mm f/2. Then a month ago, I picked up this Canon 28mm f/2.8 ltm.
When I started to looking for a 28mm lens, I was looking for the cheapest possible. I wasn’t sure if a lens this wide would fit me as well as 35mm. I started to look on ebay, and found the offers from 7artisans, Voigtlander, Zeiss and Leica. I then found this Canon 28mm f/2.8. I tried to search for information about it online, and discovered there is not so much online to read about it. There are almost no examples or reviews so I decided to take it, test it, and if I didn’t like it, I could resell it. In the end, overall, the Canon 28mm f/2.8 ltm lens really surprised me.
The Canon 28mm f/2.8 Leica Screw Mount lens is a super-small lens. In comparison to other lenses I’ve held, it looks more like a toy. Here is a comparison of its size with the 7Artisans lens:
The lens has an infinity lock, has clicked stops from f/2.8 to f/22 and appears to be made of chromed brass. It is however pretty light, but has high quality build. I do find the focus ring a little small and fiddly to use. So far, I’ve shot 8 rolls of film, mostly in Sofia and Plovdiv Bulgaria, and the results were incredible – it 100% satisfied me. I shot it mostly at f/8 where is gives pretty sharp images.
Examples f/8 – All of photos here are shoot on Ilford XP2 Super developed with Kodak HC-110
I also shot a few portraits to check how it would look like with the lens wide open at f/2.8. The bokeh is quite soft, but there is a little issue with vignetting. Me personally, don’t really care about this, as I rarely shoot wider than f/8, however if you decide to shoot open, and you don’t like the look, you might be disappointed.
Examples at f/2.8 – Photos with Fujifilm Acros Neopan 100 developed in Kodak HC110
A few more f/8 examples with Ilford Fp4 Pushed to 400 Developed in Kodak Hc110
I doubt I will change this lens in near future, it fits my needs for a 28mm lens perfectly. I’m even beginning to get used to the focus ring – in the end how it feels to use doesn’t matter, it just required a bit of time to get used to it.
I am an Eastern Europe film photographer from Bulgaria and my name is Atanas, also known as muzich_photography.
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