Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
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Petite size, fast AF & great for travel
P.K. Frary, Amazon
22 December 2013
Summary: This zoom debuted in 1996 as the kit lens for the EOS IXE/IX (APS). It was a popular lens well into the new millennium, but was finally discontinued in 2009. Due to its range and small size, the EF 24-85 3.5-4.5 USM enjoyed tours of duty as a travel lens on my EOS A2E, Elan 7E, 10D, Rebel XTi, 5D and 40D. I've got a lot of sharp 11x14 prints on my wall from this petite optic. Polycarbonate construction, but with a metal mount, keep it to a featherweight 380 g (13.4 oz).
Summary: I've used this lens for nine years for product, wedding, event, portraiture, and fine art shooting. Here are my thoughts: Pros: * For a full-frame zoom, it's very compact * Also, MUCH lighter than the EF 24-70mm F/2.8 L if you can do without the 1-stop difference (it's just 12 ounces vs 2.2 POUNDS in your bag) * Good close focusing (19.7 inches at all focal lengths), useful for product shots * Compatible with EVERY Canon EOS/EF camera body--I've used it on the Elan 7...
Summary: I love this lens and use it extensively on my T3, it is my go to lens for most situations except where I need telephoto qualities. Wide open it is wide enough for me to do small group portraits relatively easily and at full zoom it covers my basic outdoor needs. The lens is also sharp throughout it's range.
Summary: I have been doing professional photography for the last ten years. I used this as my primary lens on my backup camera. It is a great all purpose walk around lens. I never had any complaints or issues with it. Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an all purpose lens.
Summary: this lens gave me the different ranges that I needed. All photo equipment is Canon. The service provider was excellant and included lots of goodies. Wouldn't have any problem buying from them again.
Conclusion: You can learn a lot on FM forums and of course, reviews. I bought this lens here after seeing references to the 24-85 in individual posts; looked it up and found the 95% user recommendation. 95% cannot be wrong and the lens I got proves it. Seriously folks $150 +/- ? You can't afford not to have it --- if you own it you will use a lot more than you ever expected --- and marvel at the output. To all who pointed me this direction, a sincere Thank You!
Pros: Sharp overall, esp f/8 and beyond. Good color.
Conclusion: Excellent for the money, good performance even on FF. Zoom a bit wobbly but as with most of Canons mid range consumer zooms it seems pretty tough despite this. Mine is six years old and still going strong. Shame it's a bit slow and has no IS but what do you expect at this price.
Pros: Small light, nice range, quite sharp even wide open, good contrast, decent colour, very fast focus.
Cons: Some distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, not L build, no IS.