Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM review by MichaelShea
18 January 2015
Summary: From my own extensive research of the worldwide web, I fully expected this lens to be somewhat inferior to its 35mm f2 similarly image stabilised sibling, which in fairness would have been far easier to construct. But the difference is significant and whereas the 35mm lens stands out as a class apart from typical universal zoom standard, to be honest this wide-angled model does not.
Pros: Fairly lightweight and compact; near silent, precise autofocus; attractive colours; extremely effective image stabilisation; low distortion
Cons: Lens hood is essential but not provided; adequate sharpness but not outstanding
Summary: Super sharp, small, and with IS!!! This lens is great for so many purposes. I used it on a crop sensor Canon Rebel camera, and it was plenty wide enough for most uses. I'm not a fan of ultra-wide perspective, and for me, this focal length is just about as wide as I'd ever want to go (in most situations). Great walk-around lens for travel, street photography, etc. Nothing bad to say about this lens. The build quality is excellent.
Summary: I adore this little lens. As others have already stated, it's sharp and renders colors beautifully. I've had the opportunity to use it in a few weddings, maternity shoots, and corporate events - photos of venues, large groups of people, and environmental portraits were all taken with this lens. The minimum focus distance is pretty small, so you can also take some interesting up close detail shots as well, though they won't be macro lens-level of detail, of course.
Summary: I upgraded from the older Canon EF 24mm. I have informally "tested" them side by side. This newer version is sharper with better contrast and color at all apertures in all areas of the field on a full frame camera. The stabilizer is handy and focusing is quick and near silent. Thanks Canon--and Amazon! I will use this lens mostly for landscape duties at medium apertures. There is a respected lens testing website that shows this lens as good but "not tack sharp".
Excerpt: Love this lens! I often shoot Holiday events and it's great for small groups or individuals up close. Sharp, light weight, non-intrusive, and fast focus. I previously used a 50mm and 70-200 but this lens allows me to mingle in the party and still get full length photos with surrounding atmosphere, or step up close.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Takes some cool shots and great real estate/landscape lens
Phillippia F., Amazon
22 September 2014
Summary: Had this lens for a little over a month. The wider angle helps me get entire interior rooms of the house in a single shot. Before multiple shots would be needed to photograph rooms. When photographing people, it's capable of creating some cool effects (fisheye-like but not as extreme). For example, I can photograph my own feet and they look like they are 15-20 feet away instead of less than six. Another effect is enlarged body parts...
this lens produces good picture, low distortion at the edges and sufficient ...
Kevin Haley, Amazon
26 August 2014
Summary: I want my lens to be 'tack-sharp'. The Canon 40mm pancake lens is incredibly sharp for the $$$. Having said that, this lens produces good picture, low distortion at the edges and sufficient clarity for teams and portraiture work. I'd have given it 5-stars it were a bit crisper.
Summary: The original EF 24 2.8 was in my bag for two decades and due an upgrade. A few clicks and UPS deposited a new EF 24 2.8 IS USM on my doorstep. And it didn't disappoint: durable build, sure-footed AF, excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, silky manual focus and image stabilization. The updated cosmetics and fingerprint resistant matte finish are attractive.
Summary: I mainly shoot landscapes and inside cathedrals in Europe and this lens get the job done in style! I shoot in extremely low light in cathedrals where flash and sometimes tripods aren't allowed. I'm amazed at the quality of my hand held shots with IS and at f/2.8. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and typically use 800 ISO up to 1600 with amazing results around 1/60 of a second firing. Awesome contrast and sharpness with some vignetting that can easily be corrected.