Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 USM IS - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/13s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 2000
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/8s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 1600
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/8s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/5000s

Verdict

The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS and EF 35mm f/2 USM IS delivered pretty impressive results in our lab. Can the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 USM IS continue this tradition ? Unfortunately it doesn't quite convince as much. The image quality is far from being bad in general but it could be clearly better at f/2.8 at least. The quality in the image center is great but the corners are soft and there's a quite massive degree of vignetting. At medium aperture settings the quality is much better but it doesn't provide anything extraordinary here either. On the positive side, the lateral CAs are low and bokeh fringing is not an issue. The bokeh itself is very decent within its class. Image distortions reach a slight to medium degree only.

The build quality of the Canon lens is very high without any wobbling parts. The constant physical length is also appreciated. Typical for Canon USM lenses there're no issues with respect to focus speed and noise, of course. The new image stabilizer is certainly a very welcome addition e.g. for low-light photography.

So what is the killer value proposition of this lens ? To be honest, in terms of image quality there is probably not too much in it compared to the best zoom lenses in this range. However, it is a pretty small lens and thanks to its image stabilizer it can push the limits a bit further in low light (although you could challenge the latter with the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 SP VC). The initial retail price was a bit excessive but it came down ever since. Maybe Canon realized that it was over the edge and reduced it behind the scenes. Thus all-in-all not an obvious choice but certainly not a bad one either.

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