Summary: My widest prime is the EF 24 2.8. I purchased it new in 1990, so it's stood the test of time. There are lots of things to like about this lens: small, light, close focusing (25cm), well corrected for distortion, sharp, contrasty and flare resistant. It complements a travel kit nicely due to its 58mm filter size and diminutive statue. It employs a rear focusing group so the lens doesn't rotate or change length during AF.
Fine lens for the buck; honestly described; carefully packed; promptly delivered
20 December 2013
Summary: (1) The older I get, and I'm very old, the heavier my my photo gear seems to become -- largely for the glass in my relatively fast zoom lenses. (2) A zoom's every focal length is a quality compromise, inferior to an equivalent prime lens, even a less costly item like this. (Absolutists may grouse about its imperfections, while others are busy using it to make very good pictures.) (3) Big, fat lenses sometimes intrude between me and my subjects.
Summary: Great buy for the money. Very usable and performs like a more expensive lense. I would recommend this for those looking for a good multipurpose wide angle lense without the super heavy pricetag.
Summary: Great lens. My old one was stolen, unfortunately, and Canon discontinued it at the same time. The new one has Image Stabilizer, which I do not really need on 24mm lens. Plus, the price for the new one does not look reasonable.