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Good until it sticks
on 11 September 2011
I got my Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM lens in the US. When I returned to the UK it became my favourite landscape lens. I used it mostly with my Elan IIe body. Having not used it for a while I tried to use it with my new EOS 60D and found it doesn't stop down properly.
It's perfectly fine on f1.8 but on anything else, especially towards the f22 end the aperture doesn't stop-down properly. A quick Google found that this lens and other mechanically similar ones, e.g. 35mm are prone to this. My options are to send it for repair at my expense, dismantle it myself, or try to loosen the aperture leaves by exercising them.
I'm not best pleased for an expensive piece of Japanese kit. If it was cheap or I'd dropped it I could understand but for something I paid a lot of money for that has been well treated I do expect better.
Optically it's a very fine lens once you stop it down beyond f2, it is nice and fast and very small and light, Focusing on both camera bodies was fast and quiet. Pity it's not proved that reliable...