- Extremely lightweight, making prolonged shoots, walking around while on vacation, or in my case, hiking with it an absolute dream to carry
- Extremely short and nimble lens. It sticks out just past the pop-up flash on my camera. You can literally carry this lens in your pocket
- Great image quality, tac sharp even at f/2.8
- Very reasonable quality to price ratio
- Metal mount ring
- Barrel is plastic, but this shouldn't be a deal breaker
CONSTRUCTION: Remember, you have to go into this purchase knowing you’re not getting an L series lens, especially at this price point. It is a cheaper lens in regards to both part quality and price aspects but I feel as though Canon has not skimped on the important parts of the lens such as the glass. The glass is very good and the mount is metal, not plastic. The barrel, however, is plastic but it doesn't effect your images so this is really a non-issue
This lens is surprisingly tac sharp at f/2.8 with respect to DOF. It does not at all get muddy at its lowest aperture like some wide open lenses can get (see wristwatch and leaf pictures). The versatility of this lens if just plain ridiculous. As I said above, It is capable of getting very close-up shots (not macro) but can also capture great landscapes (see sunrise picture). While you can certainly take portraits with this lens, the background blur may be a little underwhelming for some people, as it’s a 24mm lens, not a 50mm. So if you want more blur in portraits, perhaps this lens isn’t for you
Personally, I love this lens. I think it’s extremely versatile in that it very nicely captures a large range of pictures from landscapes to close-ups. I think the pictures I have included speak very fairly to this claim.
I bought this lens for a number of reasons. Namely, I wanted a lightweight lens that was capable of capturing images while I hike, such as landscapes. My EF-S 18-135mm zoom lens was just too heavy and bulky to comfortably hike with. The Canon 24mm pancake turned out to be the perfect solution to that problem. Taking into account the image quality for the price point, you end up getting quite a bargain. Canon can easily sell this for more than they are in my opinion. I am very pleased with this lens. It’s lightweight, small, produces great images, and is very affordable. Every amateur/enthusiast photographer should have it in their kit!