Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Last updated (20 January’12):
– Review by Lenstip

The Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM features 24-85mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5. The lens construction has 15 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 84 degrees. Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance at 0.5m/1.6 ft. and has a filter size of 67mm. The Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens weighs 13.4 oz. 380g and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 2.7 inches long.

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“Thanks to the usage of the USM motor in the tested Canon, there is nothing to complain about in this category. The autofocus works quietly, quickly and without any problems. During our testing session the lens missed only in 3% of cases and the mistakes were not very big. “
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Kenrockwell reviews the Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“Surprise! It’s the sharpest midrange zoom I’ve used. It is sharp and contrasty, even wide open, at all focal lengths. It’s a little less contrasty in the corners on film wide open, which cleans up a stop or two down. The performance is similar at all focal lengths.”
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM exhibited a quite mixed performance. On the upside the lens is very sharp with very little vignetting throughout the range. The build quality is pretty decent and the AF performace is a joy. All-in-all the lens is capable to beat the cheapo EF-S 18-55mm as well as the EF-S 17-85mm IS and regarding sharpness it can even rival the the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L (on APS-C).”
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and writes;
“Wide open results from the 24-85 are reasonably sharp in the center (soft at 24mm), but very soft in the corners – especially the wide end of the focal length range. Stopping down to f/5.6 or f/8 will give you better results – especially in the corners..”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM User Reviews

CANON EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ZOOM | Rating: ★★★★★
“CANON EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ZOON Lens is ease of use, powerful, and lightweight(380g) lens. With silent and high speed autofocusing. The lens will let your pictures have great sharp, high resolution images. It is a very great lens-excellent quality and reasonable price. You can replace it with the standard lens. The first choose for Canon user’s owner-MUST have one. “ – by A Customer

A Fabulous Documentary Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is compact, sharp, and dependable. I’m a wide-angle shooter, so this one is just about perfect. Canon’s USM is beautiful. Unlike Nikon, Canon seeks and achieves quiet, fast, and accurate auto focusing. Coupled with a light and quiet EOS camera body, and you’ve got an excellent documentary kit, great for shooting people in close and personal. At 24 mm, this lens gives excellent range for close work, with lots of depth and sharpness, making focusing and composing a cinch in evolving situations.” – by Terrance M. Carroll

middle-class lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“the first (outer) lens doesn’t spin what gives you an opportunity to use square filters; using a poliriser becomes as easy as any other filter. the USM (Ultra Sonic Motor) gives you a really super speed of focusing and completely silent engine. You’ll catch the fastest actions and nothing will distrub your object!” – by Sergiy Beketov

I’m in (not) love! | Rating: ★★★★★
“..This is a fantastic lens made from fantastic glass. It’s a joy to shoot, and it’s a great match to the smaller 22.66mm sensor of the lower-end pro digital bodies. It’s worth every dime of the price. “ – by J. Harris

quite good for the money | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I just wanted to write this review in case you were wondering why your otherwise awesome looking pictures are just not as sharp as you might have expected. This lens is great in all other aspects, and as I am realizing now, nice and light weight…” – by Jonathan Payne

Beginners: Good lens but don’t buy it! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“That motivated me to spend some money and buy this lens with my Rebel Digital XT. This is a good zoom lens– much better then the lens that comes with the camera. Compact, lightweight with good picture quality. A great value for the money..” – by gogolplexer

Excellent outdoor lens for a 1.6x camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens is excellent for a midrange medium zoom on a 1.6x camera. Image quality, even wide open, is far better than the 18-55 kit lenses, plus you get USM with FTM, and a wider aperture. However, this lens really is best used in the F5.6-11 range, where the sharpness is quite good. Contrast and color are excellent at pretty much all apertures. Focusing is fast and accurate, and it has a nice distance meter…” – by James Kirk

very good lens – underrated | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I was immediately surprised that pix from the new lens didn’t look so great as 3-4X higher price would suggest. Detailed comparisons showed the 24-85 was just as good in many instances. One edge (not the other) of the 24-105L was a bit better, but center sharpness was no better, even wide open. Contrast seemed equally good…” – by Louis Jaffe

Bread and butter | Rating: ★★★★☆
“At f3.5 it has a nice tight field of view, and it is decently sharp; it seems to jump up in sharpness between f5.6 and f8, and doesn’t get much sharper beyond that. On my 35mm Canon 600, with an uncropped field of view, there is noticeable distortion at both the wide and the tele ends. This is less noticeable on a cropped 350D, although it is still noticeable. Otherwise the image quality has no obvious glaring deficiencies. The background blur is pleasant.” – by Mr. A. Pomeroy

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Specifications

The Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens has multiple moving lens groups that enhance image quality and make the whole system more compact and lightweight. This lens uses an ultrasonic focusing motor (USM) that gives you silent, high-speed autofocusing. Canon eliminated all the mechanical couplings in this lens and added a custom-designed autofocus motor as well as a microprocessor.

Built into the system is a replica aspherical lens element that minimizes optical distortions to give you sharp images. The flare-cutting diaphragm helps the lens produce a high-contrast image, even in tough lighting. Its high zoom ratio of 3.5x allows you to take tighter shots of your subjects. It’s fully compatible with all EOS cameras.

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