Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

Last updated (03 April’12):
- Review by SLRGear

The Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 features 24mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 10 elements in 10 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 84 degrees. Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with AFD, Closest focusing distance at 0.25m/0.8 feet and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 lens weighs 9.5 Ounces and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 and writes;
“Wide-open at ƒ/2.8, there is a small sweet spot of sharpness which would ideally be image-center, but in the case of the copy we reviewed, locates around the bottom-right of the frame. Corner softness is quite significant, from 3 to almost 7 blur units depending on the corner you look at. Image sharpness improves dramatically closing down by just one stop: at ƒ/4, more than half of the image is sharp (1-1.5 blur units) with very slight corner softness (2-3 blur units). “
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 and writes;
“The Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Lens is rather flare-prone at wide aperture settings, but improves somewhat by f/8 and f/11. Distortion is mild, but some barrel distortion is present in the center and mid-sections of the frame. Some CA (Chromatic Aberration) is present in this lens, but it is not objectionable in comparison. Full frame body users will notice over 3 stops of shading in the corners of this lens at f/2.8 with about 1 stop of vignetting remaining in the corners at f/8. “
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 and writes;
“At the optimal focus distances the EF 24mm f/2.8 is an excellent performer capable to deliver images as sharp as it gets on an 8MP APS-C DSLR. Other than that vignetting is a little on the high side at f/2.8 but no issue beyond and the slight barrel distortions are usually very acceptable as well. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 User Reviews

Bang for few bucks.. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“By many standards, this lens will match or exceed zoom lens of comparable price (as a prime lens should). Autofocus is a little buzzy, but the main time you’ll notice is when it loses its bearing and suddenly lurches way off target… Mostly, focuses quickly enough and well. Flare seems average, perhaps better than one would expect from such wide glass. Bokeh is nonchalant, not dreamy but never intrusive.” – by Careful Critic

just what I expected | Rating: ★★★★☆
“From all the reviews I read, I expected certain pros and cons from this lens. I was not disappointed. pros: very sharp lens with very good colors. cons: vignetting at wide open, and a little too contrasty. For myself, the pros outweighed the cons for the price. It is ideal for the 1.6 multiplier cameras, where it becomes a 38mm lens. “ – by James P. Palazzolo

A very good wide angle lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“An excellent lens for the price. It is sharp, with very little distortion and good colour retention. Fast and easy to use, with good auto-focus. There may be sharper and better lenses on the market, but at a much higher price and they probably do not fit Canon Cameras “ – by George Thanos Assimakis

Prefer the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM over this lens if speed is not important | Rating: ★★★★☆
“IThis is a very good lens, but if you don’t need the 2.8 speed, for half the money, you can buy the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM that offers the same performance and has USM. Both lenses exhibit fringing problems, and the color and contrast are not on par with the “L” class.” – by Nicholas McCamy

Soft under performing prime not even as good as a zoom | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have since traded in this soft under performing prime. It’s not even close to as good as my Canon 50mm F/1.8 II lens which cost a lot less. And it’s not even as good as my two zooms my Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8 L and Canon EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 IS both blow it away in sharpness and contrast which yes they cost a lot more but hey they are zooms. A prime should always outperform a zoom in sharpness and contrast no matter the cost in my book otherwise it’s worthless.” – by Grant Brummett

Excellent Lens, But Be Careful When Purchasing Filters | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It’s also not so loud that it’s distracting; it’s just noticeable if you’re used to USM. And the focus ring on the lens stops at either end. I prefer the way my 50mm lens handles that in you can just keep turning it and not feel like you’re damaging anything internally. With this lens, I fear turning the focus ring too far.” – by Fred Telegdy

Amazing lens.. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens takes awesome outdoor photos. 24mm turns out to be a good choice, the pictures are sharp (not as sharp as the 50mm, but still excellent), and there are no strange distortions like the lens kit lens. “ – by J.E.R

Great lens…but be wary of the current price. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“In the end I came to the conclusion that hypercritical people who have enough money to fill their bag with L lenses can find something bad to say about any lens that doesn’t have a red ring around it. This lens seems to have a great balance of features with minimal discrepancies for a great price. I own an L lens (70-200 IS F/2.8) and it’s amazing, but I don’t have the money to pony up for another one this time around. I think this lens fits my needs just fine for now.” – by Charles

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Specifications

24mm lenses are the entry into ultra-wide angle photography and this lens is the ideal starting point. It is extremely sharp and offers superior correction of linear distortion, and its f/2.8 aperture makes it easy to use with slow, fine-grain films or in low light. It focuses as close as 10 inches (25cm), and for many photographers gives the ideal combination of a wide-angle “look” without excessive perspective distortion.

Another superb ultra-wide-angle choice, with floating optics for superior performance throughout its focus range and a fast f/2.8 aperture that makes it a great alternative to a zoom lens for low-light shooting. Its rear-group focusing system reaches down to less than 10 inches (0.25m).

Wide and Fast
If you need an ultra-wide angle and a large aperture, one of the following lenses will fit the bill. Ultra-wide-angle lenses can capture scenes beyond your natural field of vision. The EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, the widest of them all, has a 180° angle of view. For more normal-looking wide-angle shots, there are longer wide-angle lenses up to 35mm with the maximum aperture you need.

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