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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Canon
3.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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  • EF mount; wide-angle lens
  • Inner focusing; floating system
  • 24mm focal length
  • f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Overall linear extension system with Autofocus drive
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Product Description

Product Description

24mm wide angle lens for Canon cameras

From the Manufacturer

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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 3.6 x 88.9 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B00006I53R
  • Item model number: 2506A002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

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Customer Reviews

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This is a cheap lens - old design, very plastic - that can prove terribly useful for those on a budget who want a wider perspective, especially on 1.6x crop factor dSLRs.

I learned about "cheap" with this lens - broke the focus ring the day after delivery. But I blame myself too, and the replacement's given me no trouble, though I think my first one was a bit sharper than the second. (Update: calibration of the replacement optimized my performance to match or exceed that first one that I broke. It now performs *very well* wide-open at f/2.8, and beyond belief at f/5.6.)

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. Some chromatic aberration in worst-case scenarios, but nothing awful or unexpected. Vignetting, even on a 1.6x crop, can be noticeable, mainly in sky shots, but gradual rather than sudden. (Might be unacceptably worse on a full-frame camera.) Undue distortion seems minimal - haven't really checked but also haven't really noticed, if you see what I mean. Flare seems average, perhaps better than one would expect from such wide glass. (I've never had a shot blown out, even with the sun in the shot.) Bokeh is nonchalant, not dreamy but never intrusive.

But at the price, the positives make up for the negative and "average" tendencies. It's vibrantly colorful and contrasty almost to a fault. Hard light is a little more challenging with this lens, a little more tricky to balance exposure between highlights and shadows. It can be softish wide-open, but very unobjectionably - have rarely regretted shooting at f/2.8.
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I was on the lookout for a good-quality autofocus wide angle lens for my Canon 5D MkII, and this seemed to be the best option. Canon's telephoto lenses are generally superb and they make some good zooms, but the company has traditionally had trouble with the wider focal lengths. I can't justify the expense of a 24-70mm f/2.8 or the 24mm f/1.4, and the 17-40mm and 16-35mm seem either underwhelming or too specialised for what they are. The 28-135mm didn't appeal to me, ditto the 20-35mm f/3.4-4.5, the 24-85mm didn't impress me when I owned a copy. The non-L wide primes include the 20mm f/2.8, which no-one seems to like; the 35mm f/2, which lots of people like but doesn't seem great in the full-frame corners; the 28mm f/2.8, which I have tried and hated, and the 28mm f/1.8, which doesn't appeal to me at all. The 24mm f/2.8 seemed to be the dark horse, based on the tests I have seen, and so I found one cheap and snapped it up.

It is surprisingly good. Not excellent, but sufficient. I already have a very good 24mm, an old Olympus 24mm f/2.8 that I use with an adapter, and although Canon's lens isn't quite as sharp it's more practical to use, on account of it having autofocus and an automatic aperture. I don't have to keep checking live view when I focus closer than infinity. I like the 24mm focal length, and with a 5D MkII I can always crop down to something approximating 35mm without too much loss of resolution.

Physically it's a solid unit that doesn't rotate or extend. It doesn't feel weak and I have subsequently thrust it into bags and taken it out and about without breaking it. The autofocus is buzzy but the focus travel is very short, so it's not a problem. The manual focus ring is dire and I have only used it when shooting video.
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This lens has great image quality. It's images are sharp from corner to corner even with the lens wide open. Most lenses must be stopped down a bit to get a sharp image which to me defeats the purpose of having a fast lens. I don't notice any distortion, aberration, color fringing etc. under even difficult shooting conditions. This lens feels well made and I like how small it is on the camera. The autofocus is always spot on and focuses very fast. It makes a little whirring noise for about a nanosecond while focusing which I think sounds cool. I feel this lens is a super bargain and I enjoy using it as a general purpose or small light "walk around" lens for my canon T2i. To me the lens is a little "retro" because it came out around 1988, but I like that about it. In terms of function, I have found it to work flawlessly and much better than similar focal length canon prime lenses I've tried, except the 24mm 1.2L (which costs almost 5 times as much). If I were a pro, or made of money I would definitely buy the 24mm 1.2L as it is weather sealed, silent, f1.2, and one of the best canon lenses you can buy. As a hobbyist, I love my super bargain powerhouse that is very affordable, well made, retro cool and has image quality as good as my canon 17-40mm f/4L. I am really enjoying this lens and have taken some sharp, color saturated, stunning photos with it.
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I have an EOS 7D that I bought with the Canon 60mm 2.8 Macro lens. I am very happy with that lens so naturally that is what I compare other lenses to since it is my only point of reference. I quickly realized that I needed a wider angle lens but did not like the quality of all the zoom lenses so I quickly settled on buying a prime. After reading some poor reviews of the 24 and 28mm Canon lenses I went with the Sigma 24mm 1.8 lens. After trying two copies and sending one into Sigma I never was able to get them to focus reliably and had to finally give up on that idea. Of the 24 and 28mm Canon primes the 24mm did seem to have slightly better reviews.

I have to say that I am very happy with the lens and it is very sharp and pleasing overall. I really have no complaints at all except that the focus ring seems a little cheap. The focus is fast, accurate and consistent.


After using this lens for many pictures I feel like I should let everyone know how it is working out for me. So far the lens is working great and hasn't given me any problems after 1000+ images. The copy I received seems very sharp all across the image. I had the chance to compare it to a 17-55 f2.8 lens and I must say that it had pretty much the same if not better image quality. Considering the price difference I would say that it is well worth it for the person on a budget.
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