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CanonEF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 44 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (35)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Consistent output (19)
  • Strong construction (16)
  • Easily interchangeable (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (27)
    • Low light (24)
    • Night photography (15)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Video (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (36)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for Architecture and Low Light

    I bought this lens to replace my 17-55 2.8 lens. First of all it is compatible with my full frame camera and my small sensor 7D as well. This is very useful. ...Read complete review

    I bought this lens to replace my 17-55 2.8 lens. First of all it is compatible with my full frame camera and my small sensor 7D as well. This is very useful. I tried it out in San Antonio on the River Walk at Christmas. The night shots were outstanding and have garnered many good comments. Then on Christmas day I walked around downtown early in the morning. The lens is perfect for shooting architecture. I am going to Venice in April. I intend to use this lens for the canal scenes where a wide angle is needed and sharpness is a must. So far, I have no complaints. The lens is extremely light for walk around photography and the IS is an added plus. I would definitely recommend this lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good value for dollar

    This is a light alternative to wide zooms, ideal for DSLR video. Not the quality of an l-series lens, but at a fraction of the price it's a good value.

    This is a light alternative to wide zooms, ideal for DSLR video. Not the quality of an l-series lens, but at a fraction of the price it's a good value.

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    5.0

    Excelent Image

    By Marcelo

    from Brasilia - DF / Brasil

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

      Good build quality with an excelent image.

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      5.0

      Wonderful Lens

      By Josh the Videographer

      from Ohio

      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

      This lens has been a life saver on more than one occasion. It allows me to get a lot closer to my subject than my other lenses, which is necessary for some of my shoots. The bokeh is nice and the stabilization is great to have as well. It's one of my favorite lenses.

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      5.0

      Lens

      By Reggie

      from Illinois

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

        I love this lens. It is even better than my older wide angel lens. Picture are so much brighter and at close-up or a distance. Love it.

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        4.0

        Nice lens

        By az

        from nyc

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

          This is a nice walk-around lens, but it was giving a bit too much distortion, mainly due to the wide angle. So I returned it. But it's a nice lens to have in the bag for a day out, or for hiking, etc … when you want to lighten your load, but still want to take some quality photos.

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          5.0

          Awesome lens

          By J

          from NY

          Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

          Couldn't be happier with the results.

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          4.0

          Surprisingly good lens

          By X

          from Utah

          Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

          I am a big fan of prime lenses but usually buy more expensive heavier glass lenses. I had to buy this lens for it to balance for my aerial video rig but am impressed with it. Of course it's clear but the image is crisp and full of dynamic options. For my purpose this was a smart buy.

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          5.0

          Light and sharp

          By Wolf

          from Ramona, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

            One, if not the sharpest lens in my bag.It's very light and quiet and only shows a little bit of a vignette effect when used totally wide open (f/2.8) - nothing that cannot be fixed in post. Lightroom already comes with the profile for this lens and corrects everything nicely. IS is cool when using the lens for video.

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            5.0

            Great Little Lens for the Money

            By The Teacher

            from Kansas City, MO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Street photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

              Five stars from me for this lens for sharpness, speed, and image stabilizing. I bought this lens primarily for crowd shots and large group shots. However, it's also great for street photography: It's not intimidating and enables one to capture the subject's surroundings very well, which helps to tell the story. It's very lightweight, so you could shoot all day and not tire. It's made of metal where it counts and is undeniably superior to the 50mm 1.8. Overall, it's a very good investment.

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              4.0

              Hidden Gem

              By Jim the wedding photog

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Good build quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • No weather sealing
              • Some Ca But Not Bad
              • Vignetting
              • Wish It Was F2

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                This lens got a bad rap when it was first introduced, because the price was so high. At current prices, it is a much more appealing option. The original Canon 24mm 2.8 prime was a great prime, but I'm glad this update is around. The coatings are better, flares less, and the autofocus is silent. At f2.8, this lens is basically as good as my f1.4LII, with the exception of vignetting. The vignetting is the one downside of the 24IS. It's pretty huge.

                The lens is sharp to the corners even at f2.8, has IS (good for 2-3 stops), and most importantly it's extremely lightweight.

                I also own the 28mm 2.8 IS and that lens is marginally optically superior to this one. The 24 has more CA, is a tiny bit less sharp, and has a tiny bit more vignetting. That said, it's not a huge difference. Pick the focal length you like. 24mm pairs well with a 35mm prime, but if I were to have only one, 28mm would be a good option.

                This lens is bascially as good as the 24mm f1.4LII and less than half the weight/size. I shoot mostly at f2.8, so this lens will replace the L. I love it.

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                5.0

                Nice footage by DJI S1000 Zenmuse Canon

                By Deaf aerial videographer

                from san jose, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                  great lens for footage aerial photographer

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Lens

                  By Brian

                  from Indianapolis

                  Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                  Very sharp, great build quality, and very good for handheld video. This lens is a fantastic wide angle lens. Amazing for so many types of photography and a VERY good video lens, especially for handheld video. The image stab. makes this lens a great choice for run and fun video shooting.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Lens! Great Buy! Would buy again

                  By StaylorBarnes

                  from Orem, Utah

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                    I currently use this lens with my Canon 6D. I absolutely love this lens. It is exactly what I have been wanting to by able to do astrophotograpy, as well as landscapes. I just recently used it for some shots of fireworks over a lake. I was able to capture the reflection as well as the actual firework. I am extremely happy with my purchase!

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                    5.0

                    Great lense

                    By Karl

                    from York, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                        I read a number of lens reviews which indicated that a few fixed focal length lenses can make a lot of dollar and performance sense. The IS surprised me in buildings with limited lighting. The pictures were clearer. Outside provided great color and contrast. This is a everyday "walk around" lens.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens!

                        By Personal Photographer

                        from CT

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                          I grabbed this lens a few weeks ago in preparation of my cousin's wedding. My aunt had asked me to photograph things that the professionals wouldn't be around for (like the rehearsal dinner and the bridesmaids getting ready), and this seemed like the perfect wide angle lens. It took beautiful photos all weekend, and I'm really happy with the purchase! It compliments my 50mm really well for when I'm in tight spaces.

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                          • Yes

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                          3.0

                          Good value for dollar

                          By dbrownpix

                          from Ithaca, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                            This is a light alternative to wide zooms, ideal for DSLR video. Not the quality of an l-series lens, but at a fraction of the price it's a good value.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Perfect Wide Angle for Crop Sensor

                            By Joe

                            from Minnesota

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Sharp

                            Cons

                            • So-so Bokeh

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                            You are going to hear people say that this lens is not sharp at f/2.8, IS is overkill for a wide angle prime, and that the corners are soft. All of these are "true" statements, but let me elaborate:

                            - the lens is sharpest stopped to f/8, but f/2.8 produces a completely usable image. A little sharpening in post, and you are good to go.
                            - IS is probably overkill for this lens, and when it was going for $850, it was patently ridiculous. However, now that the price has come down, we can talk benefits of IS, and the immediate benefit I have been utilizing is with video capture. IS has been my best friend in this department. Get yourself a good third-party picture style (visionColor), and you can really do amazing things with this lens!
                            - the lens may be soft in the corners for a full frame sensor, but I have seen nothing but tack-sharp corners on my crop sensor t3i.

                            The one caveat is the less-than-ideal bokeh at 2.8. But perhaps I've just been spoiled with my former 28mm 1.8. I would still choose the 24mm 2.8 over the 28mm 1.8. Sharper, faster autofocus, and wider perspectives.

                            All in all, I really enjoy this lens. Get prime. Now to just round out my collection with the 50mm 1.4.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens-Sharp results

                            By JimScaf

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                              Great lens so far, took some shots of buildings in downtown SF with sharp photos

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good value

                              By DP

                              from Irvine, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                                Very nice lens for the money

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                                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Very good lens

                                By JP

                                from Costa de Oro, Uruguay

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                                  I have bought this lens some months ago and started using it in april. I love prime lenses because their sharpness and I own a 50mm f1.4 and a 85mm f1.8. They are very good lenses but the 24mm f2.8 is really amazing. Very sharp, very good color accuracy, no vigneting in different light situations and it has IS. In april I traveled to USA and used it permanently attached to my Canon 7D and I am really very happy with this lens. It is a very recommendable lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  A great lens

                                  By Sherlock Photos

                                  from Radford, VA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens:

                                    After purchasing a used Canon 20D (APS-C format) with a 28-200 mm lens years ago, it was time to add another lens. After months of researching, I decided to try this lens and I am so glad I did. Excellent images, and auto-focus is quick and quiet. Great bokeh! I use this lens primarily for trips, landscapes, walking around the city, and indoor shooting.

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