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The Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is the ideal entry focal length into the world of ultra wide-angle photography. A compact, fixed focal length 24mm lens equipped with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology that offers up to 4 stops of shake correction along with a ring-type USM and advanced CPU with optimized AF algorithms for fast auto focusing. Full-time manual focus feature is available for manual focusing even while in AF mode while a minimum focusing distance of 0.66 ft (0.20m) offers dramatic wide-angle images. Aspherical lens elements help improve image quality on the periphery while a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds. Lens coatings are also used to help minimize ghosting and flares. Offering spectacular image quality, silent and smooth operation in a compact body, it's the ideal lens for capturing both stills and video.
This is my first fixed/wide angle lens and I am very happy with it! Great field of view and the images look amazing. The small size makes it really easy to fit in your bag. A great lens for "just walking around" and shooting.
This is a great bang-for-the-buck lens. With photography as a hobby, I can't justify spending thousands of dollars on top-of-the line lenses. This lens is fast and works great for shooting indoors when the light isn't ideal. I was using the Canon 50mm 1.8 in those situations, but found myself often backed against the wall trying to fit the action in the frame. This lens solves that. I can't wait to try it on some landscape photography this spring when backpacking too.
Because of its size this lens is fabulous for travel, walking around and hiking. The 38mm equivalent focal length is a perfect wide-normal compromise. This is the same as the old fixed lens rangefinder cameras used to have. Contrast and saturation are excellent. Bokeh is a bit busy. I took some test shots of trees to get an idea of its resolution. f/2.8 = soft. f/4 = Very good. f/5.6 = Excellent f/8 = very good-excellent. This will probably be my most often-used lens in the future.
I wanted a wider aperture lens for making videos with my 70D, but the autofocus noise was extremely loud, even using an external mic. It was advertised as being quiet, but do not believe it. The 18-135 STM lens and 10-18 STM lens are great, but this lens was a disappointment. Returned item for refund.
Previous reviews are for other Canon 24mm's. The Pancake STM is just now released and got my copy yesterday. Small (same as 40mm), sharp, small and sharp. Perfect for what it is, small and sharp. Disappointing Canon didn't improve small STM motor over the 40mm as it is audible on my SL1. Focused OK on live view video but will need off camera mic if in quiet environment.
Awesome lens! Perfect walkaround lens at a near 35mm equivalent! Pros: - Fast f/2.8 aperure. - Extremely lightweight - on my SL1 w/ battery included the whole thing weighs only 1.16 lbs. - Very low profile. - Sharp in the center. - Accurate color rendition. - Pair this with the 40mm pancake lens and you'll have quite the travel kit! Cons: - A tad soft in the corners. *****5 stars to Adorama for the free overnight shipping. I ordered mine from Adorama last night at 9 PM and it arrived today at noon!
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.
I use this lens for video, it work perfect for me.
I own the 24-70 2.8L and the 24 - 105 4.0L. my biggest gripe has been the the lack of sharpness on the edges at the widest angle at 24 mm, as well as the darkness around the edges during indoor group shooting. I purchase the 24 mm 2.8 IS because I was tied of the poor quality of my wide angle group shoots with the 24-70, I must say this lens is a breath of fresh air, I am quite please with the results. I f you find yourself shooting a lot of indoor group shoots, this lens will will make one very happy, I considered the the 24 mm 1.4 L but this is a pleasing cheaper alternative.
I purchased this lens as a backup wide-angle. It certainly does not compare to the 24-70 by any means, but it does provide a wide angle image as low as 2.8.....If you have any clue whatsoever about lighting and camera settings, you can produce some decent images using this lens. I would recommend this lens to a beginner because it's inexpensive, can take images in low light, and requires the user to learn how to steady their hand.