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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

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80% of reviewers $701.11
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Canon's EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Autofocus Lens is a compact wide-angle 24mm lens that gives you superb image quality and smooth, silent operation. It's equipped with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer that provides up to 4 stops of shake correction--ideal for working in low light. A ring-type USM and advanced CPU with optimized AF algorithms for fast auto focusing make for a nimble, fast-operating lens. Aspherical lens elements help improve image quality on the periphery while a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.

Canon lens coatings minimize ghosting and flare. Full-time manual focusing is available even while in AF mode, with a minimum focusing distance of 7.87" that offers powerful wide-angle images. A lens that offers the best--for stills and for video.

Image Stabilization Prevents Shaky Pix
Fast, Silent Autofocus Operation
7 Diaphragm Blades for Beautiful Bokeh
Minimum Focusing Distance of 7.87"
Lens Coatings Minimize Ghosting & Flare
Manual Focusing Available At All Times


 


      
Robin Smith
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Review Date: Mar 25, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, IS
Cons:
No hood included

This is a first class modern optic, superbly well corrected and with no worrying distortion - I have no idea why the reviewer before me says there is. It has less distortion than any of the other Canon options at 24mm except the TSE II- not as little as the 35mm or a good 50+ lens, but excellent for a wide angle. Very useable at full aperture and the IS gives you 2 stops. Small and light. The price is very reasonable now it has come down from its initial heights. The hood however is rather expensive at $50 and does not attach as firmly as with the earlier 24mm f2.8.

This was a luxury purchase for me because I was impressed with the original EF 24/2.8, but the IS is nice to have and this brings the apparent crispness up to match a good 35/50mm lens at f2.8. Is it worth upgrading from the original 24/2.8? Logically probably not, but you can see the improvement in your files and the lack of chromatic aberrations at wider apertures is a plus. Highly recommended.


Mar 25, 2014
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Review Date: Feb 12, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $468.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: very sharp even wide open, lightweight
Cons:
some distortion

I got the lens when the price came down quite a bit, so I don't find it overpriced anymore. The image quality is very good, however I am a bit disappointed that is shows some distortion. If it were a zoom lens I'd say distortion is very well controlled. But it's a prime and for a prime I would have loved less distortion. For architectural photos the distortion of this lens (DXO says 0.6 %) is still a bit too strong. And correcting it destroys the otherwise excellent sharpness.

Feb 12, 2014
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Massimo Foti
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Review Date: May 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great image quality even wide-open, state of the art stabilization, small, light
Cons:
Introductory price was high, still not cheap after a few rebates

The majority of my work is inside museums, with static subjects and poor light. Tripods are usually forbidden, often flash is prohibited too. This lens is perfect for the job, since I don't need thin deep of field and a 3/4 stop stabilization is worth more than faster aperture in such scenarios.

Canon's f/1.4 alternative is great, but it's also bigger, heavier and much more expensive. Unless you really need f/1.4, either for controlling the deep of field or for moving subjects, this can be an excellent alternatives.


May 25, 2013
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Review Date: Mar 14, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $649.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp even wide open, USM, IS, 58mm filter size so it is compact
Cons:
No included hood at this price

I bought this for landscape as my 24-105mm is lacking in sharpness in the corners. This lens delivers. Many are complaining about the price. I agree at $849 it is overpriced but with rebates and discounts I got it for $649 and that is fair for this quality. I could not justify $1500 for the f/1.4. The dxomark score for this lens on a 5D2 is 26 compared to the f/1.4 score of 28.

Mar 14, 2013
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Review Date: Jan 7, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $629.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great image quality, light weight, solid build but not L weather sealed.
Cons:
a bit expensive, focal length and aperture covered by many room lenses.

I honestly don't understand how people can say a bad thing about the picture quality of this lens. The introductory price is indeed quite expensive, but now when the price has come down quite a bit the lens has quite a few things going for it.

This lens has excellent contrasty color. The central sharpness is very high with great clarity. It is easily better than 17-40 L and 24-105 L at 24mm.

It also compare quite favorable to my Zeiss 21 2.8 in color and sharpness eventhough they have different focal lengths.

I often go on hiking with this 24 2.8 IS, the 40 pancake and my 70-300L. The kit is relatively light and cover everything I need to shoot nature.

If you have a telephoto such as 70-200 or 70-300, it makes a lot of sense of combine it with the pancake and 24. 2.8 IS. Since all 24-70 2.8 room are heavy and quite expensive meanwhile these two lenses weight about 400g and cost less than 800$. (I bought 24 2.8 IS for 629$ and 40 pancake for 150$). The quality is super, too.


Jan 7, 2013
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Review Date: Oct 14, 2012 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Solid performer but not in relation to the price.
Cons:
Over-priced

I'm currently renting this lens and several others for another round of testing ahead of my next purchase. Bottom line - this lens is no better in terms of IQ than the $200 version it replaced. Considering that you can probably get good copies of the 24mm f2.8, 35mm f2 and 50mm 1.8 Canons for less than the price of this 24mm USM IS I would find it hard to recommend. If it were a bridge in IQ between the old EF 24mm 2.8 and top flight lenses like the Zeiss ZE 25mm f2 or 24-70mm LII then I could recommend it and would likely even buy one, but it is not and the difference in price over the older 24mm would be better spent elsewhere. My Tamron 24-135mm SP is almost as good and a much better value.

Oct 14, 2012
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Bob Sumitro
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Review Date: Aug 23, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Compact, unobstrusive, light, has image stabilizer and sharp
Cons:
None so far

I bought this lens cause I need a small, light and easy to use lens that even my wife can use it. Anyway, the 24 f/2.8 IS delivers what I expect from it. I really like this lens. I mostly use it at f/4 to f/6.3 and I like the result, they're sharp. On the rare occasions that I use it wide open at high ISO, the image stabilizer works wonder, and it is sharp wide open.

Aug 23, 2012
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Review Date: Jul 16, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $849.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Compact, sharp, has IS, good build quality.
Cons:
Lens hood sold separately, expensive.

I bought this lens mostly for its compact size and good sharpness (based on the published MTFs).

The lens delivers in both respects. Sharpness is very good wide open; the lens is compact and the IS is very silent (haven't tested its effectiveness, though).

Overall, a very nice lens which I'm sure will become more attractive after its price drops a bit.


Jul 16, 2012
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Review Date: Jul 16, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $866.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good sharpness even at boarder
Cons:
Lens hood not yet available

Very good build close to L standard and much better than 50 mm 1.4. No play and wobble. Silent IS and fast AF.
At 2.8 sharper than 24 - 70 mm (old model) and at 4 or 5.6 about equal. Extreme boarder sharpness is much better than 24 - 70 mm up to f 8


Jul 16, 2012
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Review Date: Jul 9, 2012 Recommend? no | Price paid: $849.00

Pros: nicely built, quite sharp.
Cons:
not worth $849

quite sharp but not worth $849. Bringing it back to camera store tomorrow. Would rather save up for more L lenses.

Jul 9, 2012
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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
10 28502 Mar 25, 2014
Recommended By Average Price
80% of reviewers $701.11
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.56
6.88
9.0
2843009