Side note: To be fair to the lens, camera, and challenge myself I will not crop any images shown throughout this exercise. I will do minor tweaking in Lightroom of highlights and shadows but that is all the editing that will be done. And now, back to the show.
I began this journey at the Bellevue Arts Museum where my kids and I decided to spend a few hours. No better place, I thought, to test the angle of the lens. At 28mm its angle of view is very wide and I quickly learned I could get very, very close to my subject and still get stuff in the frame I didn't want.
Of course my biggest concern with getting that close was distortion. Sure Canon claims minimal to no distortion but come on, being less than 3 feet from my subject there had to be some distortion...right? I am seeing very little but I'll let the images speak for themselves.
For this piece of artwork by Bren Ahearn I am standing maybe 4 feet from it. It is a canvas measuring 3.5' x 5' in size and the lines are straight, no bubbling in the center, and of course beautiful light transition capture. That vignetting is all due to the single light illuminating the piece and the power of the lens and camera.
These two shots were done inside a silo structure on the roof of BAM. At approximately 7' in diameter and 15' tall this cone shaped structure was cozy. Here again I am standing very close to Penelope and again I am super impressed with how little distortion there is. The top image is looking straight up inside the cone and nothing is looking weird.
It seems I am going to need to push this lens a bit more to find some weaknesses. Right now I am seeing what I expect from Canon, just pure quality both in lack of distortion in a wide angle and superior light capture.