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CanonWide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens
 
4.3

(based on 105 reviews)

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    (45)

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    (10)

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    (3)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (79)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (69)
  • Easily interchangeable (55)
  • Consistent output (54)
  • Durable (38)

Cons

  • Slow focus (10)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Weak casing (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (53)
  • Low light (33)
  • Weddings (31)
  • Video (24)
  • Night photography (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (27), Photo enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (11), Enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (63), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Must have, cheap and awesome !

+ Small size
+ Very good quality even at full aperture
+ Nice bokeh
+ Light
+ Cheap

- Made of plastic...

I...Read complete review

+ Small size
+ Very good quality even at full aperture
+ Nice bokeh
+ Light
+ Cheap

- Made of plastic...

I usually work with a 50mm f/1.4 USM, but the 24mm f/2.8 is just what I needed for wide angles at full aperture !

Already recommended to many friends.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Lens for the Money

I purchased this lens a few years ago to use as a sort of "normal" lens on my Canon 30D. For the purposes I used it for initially - landscapes, panoramas,...Read complete review

I purchased this lens a few years ago to use as a sort of "normal" lens on my Canon 30D. For the purposes I used it for initially - landscapes, panoramas, some close-ups and interesting portrait shots - it does a great job. The lens is quite respectable at f/2.8 but really gets good at f/4 and excellent at f/5.6.

Recently I acquired a 5D and a 1Ds Mark II, and this lens still performs well on the more demanding full frame sensors.

Flares and CAs can be a problem at the wider apertures, and because of that the optional hood really isn't that optional. While annoying, these problems are fixed easily in Lightroom.

However, this lens does have some bugs, hence the three stars. Lately, I have been getting into event photography, and this lens, while it performs and gets shots, really is not that desirable. I found my images, even at f/4 and above, to be soft and slow. Perhaps it is due to stage lighting or poor technique, but I found myself using this lens less and less during events and trying to make my 85mm and 50mm lenses work instead.

So in short: this lens is highly recommended for landscape or wide angle photography in good light. If you're looking for an event or low light lens, this is not it. All in all, a good performer that works hard and gets the job done in general situations.

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5.0

Beautiful Lens at a Great Price

By icreatealot

from Pompton Lakes, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great Party Portrait Lens
    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

    I was looking for a low-profile, prime wide angle lens for my new Canon T4i and this fit the bill. Much more reasonable in price compared to the replacement model with image stabilization.

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    4.0

    Very Nice, but not so good in low light

    By Emilio Díaz

    from Santiago, Chile

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

    Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

    It's a nice lens. Good quality, fast focus, cheap and small. However, it could be better in low light and lighter.

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    3.0

    okay

    By curly shooter

    from princeton,nj

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

      nice quality lens but disappointed me when attempting wide angle shots. clarity was present but focal length less than appealing. It is an excellent lens if focal length is not your concern.

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      5.0

      Unexpected Gem!

      By Richard Smith Photography

      from Pikesville, MD

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

        Amazingly sharp and compact with low distortion. I use this lens to shoot events and the results are nothing short of amazing!!

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By Jazzsky

        from New Hampshire

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

          I was looking to replace an old 28mm wide angle lens, and came across this lens. It is has great features and is quick to focus, although I use manual mostly. I also like that it is faster than my old lens.

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          3.0

          poor Autofocus

          By MikeB

          from Washington, D.C.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

            I wanted to put some miles on this lens before reviewing. After 9 months of use I feel more comfortable sharing my experience. The lens is a good lens. However, you cannot trust its autofocus. I believe that this is why so many of the reviewers mention a softer focus. I find that once the autofocus is done, I need to turn autofocus off and fine focus manually. While this defeats the whole point of autofocus, it is only then that I can ensure that I get sharp photos. Everything else about the lens is as you would expect from Canon and the other reviewers cover it pretty well.

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            5.0

            Perfect

            By Boo

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

              Everything I hoped it would be. Nice wide angle that worked great for the camera intended. It will probably be my primary lens from now on.

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              4.0

              Little nice to use lens

              By sinsid

              from Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                This is quite a specialty little weight lens.
                build not great, but decent compared to the other lenses in its generation, e.g. 35mm f/2, 28mm f/2.8.Definitely few levels up from 50mm f/1.8.

                I use it on canon crop sensor giving about 38mm length ff equivalent, which is very versatile fl

                I like the light, small features, good for travel and street shooting. Its not as fast for a prime, but you will not use this for its f2.8 as its wide angle, not telephoto.

                One caveat, it behaves weird in the close focus distance, depends on the position and distance, the focus shift. It wont affect my shooting majority of the time

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                5.0

                Nice little work-horse

                By plove53

                from NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                This is my go to lens. The 24mm f2/8 does take nice shots. It's a great lens to have in your bag.

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                5.0

                awesome wide angle

                By rndmarquez

                from ventura, CA

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                  if your looking for an affordable wide angle lens, this is the one to get. sharp at the center, but has some distortion towards the edges when wide open.

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                  5.0

                  Great lense!

                  By Poppashongo

                  from Texas

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                      My little T1i is a great camera for me. Has enough features for my amateur photos to look more than amateur. The lense it came with serves its purpose, but the Wide Angle 24mm with an f/2.8 was just what I needed to get some shots I just wasnt able to get before. PS Ordering and shipping was a breeze. Thanks!

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                      4.0

                      Good piece

                      By emolina

                      from Bogota, colombia

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                      I use this lens specially for landscape... is very usefull...

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                      4.0

                      a sharp lens

                      By caledon

                      from Ontario,Canada

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                          I bought this lens to use on rebel xt since I liked 35 mm on film. The lens is very sharp and looked elegant.

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                          5.0

                          New Photographer

                          By new photo buff

                          from Atlanta

                          About Me Photography Student

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                            Very easy to use for a new person to the profession. Pictures are crisp and clean. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone new or professional.

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Good bang for your buck.

                            By KJB

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                            - great wide angle lens for low price point
                            - love that it has a low f stop
                            - very light weight

                            - slightly noisy focus

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                            4.0

                            It is what it is

                            By J. Ross

                            from Macon, GA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Cost effective
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                              With a cost v. Need analysis this lens is exactly what it should be.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              my new walkaround lens

                              By jodatom

                              from melbourne, australia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Flare

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                              this little guy is great, very sharp. be careful shooting into the sun though, there is a fair bit of lens flare. the lens hood is a must, but if you have a crop sensor camera, you can really benefit from better coverage- the hood for the efs 55-250 kinda fits on the mount, and wont crop the image at all on my 550d/t2i.

                              auto-focus is quite good but not USM speed. build quality is significantly better than the 50mm 1.8.

                              i dont even use my 18-55 anymore unless i really need to get a bit wider, primes are the way to go-

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                              5.0

                              Sharp and a life saver.

                              By Arafat the Filmmaker

                              from Houston, TX

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                                Again I thank B&H for the quick shipment. Very light and sharp. I needed a prime lens for wide shots on my film shoots. You just have to use this lens to see it for yourself. Worth the money.

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                                5.0

                                Very nice

                                By Roquette

                                from São Paulo, SP, Brazil

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                                  Exactly what I was looking for. I needed a lens for architecture photography and for small ambients. Very nice image.

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                                  4.0

                                  Very nice on a 1.6 crop

                                  By Carbon111

                                  from Mukilteo, WA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens:

                                  I've been using this as an inexpensive "walking around landscape" prime for my EOS 20D and 7D. 24mm is roughly equivalent to a 40mm lens on a full-sensor DSLR or film camera - so it's a bit wider than a standard "normal" lens, even on a crop sensor.

                                  With a minimum focus just shy of a foot, this lens is actually a decent performer as a closeup lens though the bokeh is a trifle busy.

                                  Generally the EF 24mm f/2.8 is very sharp in the middle. Perhaps somewhat soft on the corners but nothing to complain about considering the great price. (Stopping down to 4 - 5.6 fixes the corner sharpness issue almost completely!) Chromatic aberration and vignetting are handled very well on this lens, especially when used wide open.

                                  One reason I think it's so cheap is the lack of USM focus but, truth be told, I was actually surprised how good AF was, especially compared to my other cheap prime, the 50mm f/1.8. Be warned though, it will still "hunt" quite a bit in poor light.

                                  Though it's an older design and a bit "plasticy", feeling, the glass is good and, as mentioned before, I think the price is great for what you get.

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