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CanonEF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 63 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (42)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (41)
  • Consistent output (22)
  • Strong construction (17)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (33)
  • Low light (28)
  • Night photography (17)
  • Weddings (15)
  • Video (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Taught me a lesson

Having been a user (and lover) of the Canon 24-70mm zoom f/2.8 I, and now the II zoom lens and, understanding that the II is probably the finest lens in this...Read complete review

Having been a user (and lover) of the Canon 24-70mm zoom f/2.8 I, and now the II zoom lens and, understanding that the II is probably the finest lens in this range, bar none, I expected this 24mm prime to be a bit of an also-ran at 1/3 the price of the 24-70 lens. I HAD to buy it so it would fit into the sleeve designed for it on the DJI Zenmuse Z15 5D III HD gimbal on a DJI S1000+ drone. I had no choice. That was it. If I wanted to use that camera I had to have the lens. When I tested it I was amazed. I compared this lens with the 24-70mm II zoom on my 5D III. When zooming into the details at 100% I couldn't tell the difference between the lenses. Towards the edges (on both) there was the same degree of colour abberation which was negible. These comparative shots at f/5.6 and 1/1000sec show what I mean - sharp to the very edges. I'm tempted to say the feeling of the prime is better - at 1/3 the price of the zoom. As this was intended for aerial photography on a drone, I am satisfied that my shots are going to be excellent and VERY saleable. One cannot ask for more than that.

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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

It's okay

By Greg

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good lens I prefer a wider aperture for that price but decent lens

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great lens for the price

By Todd

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens on my c-100 attached to a ronin-m. The auto focus works good while moving around.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

light and excellent photos

By sandy

from Westford MA

Verified Buyer

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

Using for larger portrait shots of family and also landscapes. Focus depth from very close- 6 inches to landscapes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what I was looking for

By Amanda

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for portrait and event photography. I've been slowly replacing my cheaper zoom lenses with primes, and this is a great, affordable wide angle. It is very sharp and great in low light. I love that it has quiet focusing. It's a perfect addition to my gear!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this again

By Jim

from Lancaster, VA

Verified Buyer

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

Nice fast, sharp, compact lens

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must have for shooting large groups in tight spaces

By Louis

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I am a nightclub photographer and need a wide lens with low aperture.  I have been using a 17-40mm f4 but sometimes have to shoot as high as 8000 iso with a Canon 6D.  The photos still come out great surprisingly, but I don't want to have to shoot that high.  With a 24mm f2.8 I have a great lens that performs awesome in low light, even better with a flash, and is wide enough to get the shots I need, but still does not distort people when shooting vertically.  I have only used it 2 nights, but already I can leave the other lens at home.  This is a lens that is the perfect focal length for what I need.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Buen lente básico

By DiegoPiuma

from Uruguay

Verified Buyer

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

Hace bien su trabajo, no es lo mejor en definición pero es muy bueno
el IS y el foco funcionan correctamente

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautiful lens

By William of Midtown

from New

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted this specific lens for use on my Canon 5D3 on an 3 axis gimbal stabilizer. First, a small, light-weight lens, Second, a prime (a zoom would introduce a variety of focal lengths, but in changing focal length, it often changes the balance, which means re-balancing the stabilizer). Third 2.8 is better than 1.8 because I want more depth of field as I am using this SOLO without any kind of focus assist. That means I want to be around F8 or F11 to get maximum DOF so I can roam around with the stabilizer and stay in focus. Some tests I did proved very successful. The lens did everything I expected and more. It was so sharp it made the shots look great.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but I did not use Image Stabilization when shooting video. The reason is that I read somewhere that when doing already-stabilized video recording, the IS tries to correct the small field changes and introduces micro-adjustments which are not only unnecessary, but can look like jitter. I did tests with IS on and off and saw no improvement with IS on.
But for hand-held still photography and regular hand-held video, I could be a benefit.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly Perfect

By William of Midtown

from New York City

Verified Buyer

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

I got this lens specifically for use with my Canon 5D3, on a video stabilizer: the WenPad MD2. The wide angle is just right: very wide, but without distortion. I also preferred f/2.8 to the faster F1.8 because more depth of field helps keep focus. Since I cannot count on continuous focus and I usually shoot single person, with no remote focus puller, the key is to stop down to f/8 or 9 and set the focus to a safe distance. Also, the lens is very light, which is a plus on a hand-held stabilizer. I did an extensive series of tests and was very happy with the results. Also takes great stills.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wish I had one earlier...

By bg

from Jersey

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent performance. Used on a Canon EOS 1D Mark II.
Thought I could use it for macro, but was only able to focus at a limit of about 9in inches..

 
5.0

Perfect choice

By William of Midtown

from New York City

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    This lens was the prefect choice for me needs. I am using it with the Canon 5D3 on a camera stabilizer, the WenPed MD2. It is lightweight, which is very important for using with the hand-held stabilizer, very wide, without distortion (24mm is perfect). 2.8 is better that 1.8 for this purpose because with the stabilizer, I plan to roam around shooting smooth shots, but not able to touch the lens to adjust focus. So most shots are at f 9 if I can pull it off, which allows pretty good DOF. The Canon quality is also a plus. The tests I have done so far have been very impressive.
    The USM does not come into play with this usage, but the Image Stabilizer does. Big time.
    All in all, very happy with this lens.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I really enjoy this lens

    By Timmytot

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      I wanted to play around with Prime lenses. I have a Canon EF 100 Macro USM that has had great results and desired to try other prime lenses. I have found the EF 24mm f2.8 USM IS to be the most used lens when shooting landscapes. I was so surprised with these facts; that it is light, fast focus, and renders a sharp picture. Sometimes the technical information can overwhelm the creative power of a lens. Technically it has soft focus in the corners, but creatively it just was exciting to use with wonderful results. I have looked at the technical reviews. I realize that a prime 24mm lens is not for everyone. I have a 17 - 105mm USM IS L lens I have been using with my Canon 6D. I have found that when I know I am going to shoot wide, I would rather just put this lens on and go

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      • No

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      May well be one of the best camera purchases I've made!

      By Gary

      from Englewood, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is a great lens, period! I bought this lens specifically to be used on a Canon 7D, where it's equivalent size is 38mm. I have been using the 24mm lens for street photography as well as landscapes and it's a stellar performer in both areas.

        The USM focusing motor is surprisingly quiet, and the ability to override autofocus with the focusing ring is a big plus. Light falloff in the corners is very acceptable, and I was amazed at the Image Stabilization. I'm used to Nikon lenses, where you can hear the stabilization system working--this Canon lens is super quie--so quiet I wasn't sure it was working until I looked at the photos.

        The only thing I wonder about is Canon's decision to not include a lens hood, and the ridiculous price of the Canon add-on hood. There are lots of alternatives for a quarter of the Canon price.

        All in all, this lens may well be one of the best camera purchases I've made in years. Top notch!

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for real estate

        By Biscopro

        from Elk Grove Village, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I use this for real estate, inside photos. Although my zoom covers this range, its much heavier and with a higher aperture. This makes it much easier to carry and being able to take photos in lower lighting is a big plus. Thought about the 20mm, but sometimes for real estate, they start looking too wide.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Fun at night

          By Stickm3361

          from Lakewood

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

          Like to use at night for a wide angle of the stars.

          (16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Taught me a lesson

          By JustinJames

          from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          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:

            Having been a user (and lover) of the Canon 24-70mm zoom f/2.8 I, and now the II zoom lens and, understanding that the II is probably the finest lens in this range, bar none, I expected this 24mm prime to be a bit of an also-ran at 1/3 the price of the 24-70 lens. I HAD to buy it so it would fit into the sleeve designed for it on the DJI Zenmuse Z15 5D III HD gimbal on a DJI S1000+ drone. I had no choice. That was it. If I wanted to use that camera I had to have the lens. When I tested it I was amazed. I compared this lens with the 24-70mm II zoom on my 5D III. When zooming into the details at 100% I couldn't tell the difference between the lenses. Towards the edges (on both) there was the same degree of colour abberation which was negible. These comparative shots at f/5.6 and 1/1000sec show what I mean - sharp to the very edges. I'm tempted to say the feeling of the prime is better - at 1/3 the price of the zoom. As this was intended for aerial photography on a drone, I am satisfied that my shots are going to be excellent and VERY saleable. One cannot ask for more than that.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A keeper after all

            By Deb the enthusiastic photographer

            from Selah, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

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

              I bought this lens for landscape and night photography. Wasn't willing to pay out double or triple the price of this lens and took a chance that it would work for me. At first I was not happy with the lens and was thinking of sending it back because it was not sharp at the edges. After working with the lens for 2 days and discovering it's sweet spot at f/11, I can say that this lens is pretty darn sharp. I own several L lenses and find this to be right up there with them in sharpness. It's not as solidly built as my L lenses, but it does not seem flimsy either. For night photography on my Canon 6D it works fine. There are a few commas at the edges, but not many wide open and none if you close down one stop. No problem focusing in manual or auto. It's very small and fits in my pocket. It does what I want it to do. For me, it's a keeper after all and I'm glad I made the purchase and saved myself the expense of an L lens.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Great Lens

              By SEP

              from Lakewood, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • 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:

                Excellent optics and great image stabilization in well built, compact package.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Absolutely great!

                By NateDwg

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

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

                Great lens for the price! Wide enough to capture an interview subject in a small room without the image warping or looking too wide. Just what I needed.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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