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Canon - EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Standard Lens for Canon APS-C Cameras - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 694 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent lens for the money

    Posted
    Matt

    PROS: - 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 CONS: - 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 IMAGE QUALITY: 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 OVERALL: 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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost makes the SL1 into a pocket camera

    Posted
    wrbluepearl
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    BLUF: Light, compact, well-built and a solid optical performer. The EF-S 24mm is the third STM prime in Canon's lineup (following the EF-M 22mm F2.0 and the EF 40mm F2.8), and shouldn't be the last. The compact pancake design makes for a great experience on smaller Canon bodies like the SL1 (100D). (I'd like to see folding optics like the Nikon D3300's kit lens too!) The barrel is plastic, but it's nicely textured and feels solid. The front optics look lost in a sea of plastic, but this was probably done to get a 52mm filter ring to match the 40mm STM lens, the 50mm F1.8, and other inexpensive Canon lenses. (The size of the EF mount also precludes making a lens with a diameter much smaller than this.) It features solid optical performance, with no obvious flaws in color rendering, distortion sharpness. Autofocus is not as quick as ring USM, but it's about as fast as the micromotor version you'd find on lenses like Canon's 28mm f1.8 USM. Manual focus is...odd - like there's a slight delay - due to the focus-by-wire system (this also plagues most micro 4/3 lenses). Autofocus continues to be accurate in relatively poor light. For the money, this lens is very tough to beat! If you have a Canon crop body, this is a much better buy than the 50mm F1.8 lens for a number of reasons (smaller, better built, faster and more accurate autofocus).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    JMMM
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    Since purchasing this lens, I've basically ditched my 18-55mm kit lens in favor of the 24mm pancake. It's just wide enough for everyday practical use on my Canon T3i without having to spend extra on one of the higher-end wide angle lenses, and the f/2.8 aperture has come in very handy versus the limited aperture of the kit lens. The quality of images is excellent, and the bokeh, while not quite as dreamy as the 50mm 1.8, is still very nice. Focusing has been quick and accurate, and is much quieter than on my other lenses, which is also nice. It might be a little lacking for pros or very experienced amateur photographers, but if you're still a relatively casual photographer like myself, this is a huge step up from the kit lens, and combined with the 50mm 1.8 and a decent zoom lens, it's a great option to get a nice range of focal lengths covered. It's built really well, and seems like it should last for plenty long enough for to get good use of it and lots more practice before feeling the desire to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Bad Focus

    Posted
    markfordfosgate
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    I was very excited to get this lens and picked it up the first day it was available. I am even more so disappointed with it. There are 2 reasons I had to return this lens. The first main issue is the focus! Auto focus is on par if that is all you plan to use. The issue is the manual focus. It is hard to explain but there is a lag when focusing. The lens still uses an electronic focus when you switch to manual focus. When you turn the focus ring, there is a delay and then you hear the motor focus. Making precise focus is almost impossible because it focuses different amounts when you turn the focus ring the same amount (sometimes it doesn't even focus and you have to turn it more). The second issue is that the lens often makes skin and faces "cartoonish" it's also hard to explain. When everything in the picture is at the correct exposure, the highlights of a persons face appear mono toned/over exposed or like you cranked adobe lightroom's "luminance" setting to 150%. Another issue that is worth noting is that the lens has bad corner darkening if you shoot in the shade. This can be corrected in post editing but it is a lot worse then canons other 24mm or 28mm lenses. I tested the lens on a Canon T5i. The only thing that I likes about the lens was that it is sharp and light weight. Other lenses I currently have a 18-55mm stm, and a 50mm f1.4, 50mm F1.8 (back up 50); all of which function properly on my T5i.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant. A+ Value. You need this in your kit

    Posted
    lazarus31415
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    I used the EF-S 24mm f2.3 today. Excellent. A wide angle prime for $150 convinces me that canon is paying attention to what we want. The build quality is excellent. It has a solid metal mount. The image quality is very good. There's a little bit of chromatic aberration with the aperture wide open (to be expected). But, it produces nice images with a lovely bokeh. the focusing is a little weak at infinity. But, otherwise nicely sharp. It's a spectacular lens for the price and will take up only a small corner of your camera bag and budget. STM drive is noiseless and fast focusing. I'm thrilled. Canon... if you are reading this. Please continue to make affordable prime lenses of this build quality. You build em... I will buy them. Still... This is an excellent lens for not a lot of money. This is an A+ value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small, Light and just right

    Posted
    Michaelinelcajon
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    I bought this lens to complement the 50mm lens that i have in my kit (along with my 10-24, my 18-55, 55-250, and my 18-200 lenses). Although zoom lenses have their place, low light photography is not one of them (unless you are spending SERIOUS money). On a C sensor Canon camera - namely any of the T series (T4, T3i, T4, T4i, T5, T5i), D70, D80 or SL1, this lens works like a 35mm lens on a full size sensor camera. With an f2.8 you can open it up all the way to do low light shooting, as well as being able to do portrait shooting with a good blur on the back ground. Photos through this lens are sharp at all f stops. Additionally it has the same diameter as the f1.8 50mm lens (52mm) so you can use the same filters on both lenses When coupled to the SL1 (a light camera to start with) it becomes a combo that is lighter than some "all in one" cameras,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing landscape lens for the basic hobbyist

    Posted
    JGouse0498
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    Let's be honest: photography equipment--especially lenses--are ridiculously expensive! $10,000 for a single super-telephoto lens??!! Not likely!! Thankfully, Canon has a small assortment of affordable lenses for those of us who are photography hobbyists but neither pros nor made of money. The 24mm "pancake" lens will satisfy the majority of amateur photographers for their landscape photos. I just came back from an afternoon excursion to Cape Cod, and this lens stayed on my Rebel T5 the majority of the time. Definitely well worth the money!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No Noise

    Posted
    Danny
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    After reading mix reviews regarding AF noise, I decided the only way to know is to buy one. I have a Canon 80D and 2 non STM lens. When shooting videos, they both make a lot of noise. Both on camera and when viewing videos. After trying it out for myself, I can tell you this lens does not have any AF noise that I can hear both when shooting videos and viewing. It does make a little noise when shooting stills. Focusing is very fast, but smooth. Not like the USM lens. They're fast, but jerky. This lens is made for shooting videos. At $130, it's no L lens. Image is sharp. Color is ok. Bokeh is nothing to write home about, but acceptable. If you intend to shoot videos without AF noise, get an STM lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect little pancake lens

    Posted
    Michelly73

    I love this fixed lens that I bought from best buy. It works perfectly on my cropped body T3i and the autofocus is so smooth, quiet, and extremely accurate. I never use autofocus on any lens, but I can't help but use it on this one because of its speed and accuracy; I couldn't have done it better myself. I also love how small and light it is and you can still let in a good amount of light in darker situations with the 2.8 aperture. I haven't tested this lens to video yet but considering how quiet and smooth the autofocus is, it would but phenomenal for wide angle videos. I am currently a photography student with much experience and I would recommend this to any level photographer/videographer because of the great price and awesome punch this little lens packs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tiny EF-S Wonder

    Posted
    osigator
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    I own the EF 40mm 2.8 STM but having recently purchased a Rebel SL1, I thought that this lens would be a perfect match to such a tiny body, and it certainly is. Granted, it does not "look" as small on the SL1 as the 40mm pancake does on my 6D, but it is such a tiny and light combo, it is very easy to carry all day. The 1.6x crop factor results in a very similar focal length of around 38mm. And just like its EF sibling, this is a sharp lens with decent construction. A bit stiff to mount but I'm sure that will get better over time. The focus-by-wire is a bit weird but it gets the job done. The extra speed of an f/2.8 always comes handy indoors. I always try to avoid flash pictures when possible, especially when the flash is mounted on the camera. Overall, I'm very pleased with this great and very affordable lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    worth the money

    Posted
    Rye9
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    I have a Canon 70D that has the APS-C sensor. I bought a "Nifty Fifty" 50mm 1.8F Canon lens and LOVED it. I shoot pics of my family almost exclusively and with kids its hard to get quick shots let alone crisp focus because they are always moving. I liked the more natural view of the fixed lens but needed a closer focal range than the 50 on an APS-C. Its quick and accurate and switches to Video perfectly because its also an STM. The lens has quality construction. The glass is quite small and gives the impression of cheap but I can't complain about focus, field of view or sharpness. It does what I need without spending $1500 for the L-Series lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great size for travel but lacking contrast

    Posted
    puffytummy
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    I bought this as a wide angle lens to use for travel... taking mostly landscape photos. While the images are sharp, I find that colors often turn out a bit strange... either too cool or too warm. It also feels like I can't get enough contrast from the lens. My 50mm 1.4 has much better color and contrast, but I guess that's not a surprise. Any issues I've had with color and contrast have been easily remedied in Lightroom. All that said, this is a great lens that is lots of fun. The 24mm is a great focal length on a crop sensor for walking around - super versatile. Wide open, I definitely choose this lens over my Canon 24-70 2.8 L. If I don't need the zoom (which I usually don't), it's just way easier to carry around this tiny thing vs. the monster 24.70 2.8.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Price is a steal

    Posted
    gwbristol3
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    This lens is really great for a beginner. This was a huge upgrade from the kit lens that my camera came with. Sharpness and over all image quality is fantastic. This is a prime lens which means you can't change the focal length, but this is a great way for beginner photographers to learn composition and really focus on learning to use their camera. I also love the size of this lens. Its so small which makes it easier to throw the camera in your bag for travels. My only downside to this lens is that it's a bit slow to focus, or sometimes has a lot of trouble focusing on moving objects. This can be fixed pretty easily by putting the lens into manual focus. But for the price, this lens is a steal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lens to play with

    Posted
    Sally
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    This lens hasn't replaced anything for me. I find myself using other lenses I can count on instead. My 80D is constantly adjusting, it's never truly happy when this lens is connected. It recognizes it, and has been calibrated, but it's always searching for focus. I need AF due to my vision issues, so manual doesn't work for me personally. I've achieved some great pics with it, but it took a little more effort. The constant focusing gives me anxiety that I'm not getting the shot.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great purchase!

    Posted
    Aphernai

    I received this lens as a gift from my boyfriend. I was looking for a nice walk around prime lens so if I didn't feel like lugging my equipment, I wouldn't have to. I was using my 50mm as a walk around lens, but with an APS-C camera, that really turns the focal length into an 80mm making it so walking around and getting wide angle shots could be challening. the 24mm comes to around 38mm with the 1.6x factor. I really like this lens because you can get a wide angle view, but you can get closer up to the subject and get a little bit of a macro. I think this lens is very versatile, and the picture quality is very sharp. This is a great purchase, and you won't break the bank!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Crop sensor cameras don't always get love

    Posted
    Sean
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    This lens runs counter to that reality. Usually I'm torn between getting a lens that is meant for full frame and doesn't have the combination of proper field of view, aperture, and price, but this lens is a great addition to Canon's lineup that rewards crop sensor owners. It's got great detail, color reproduction and a nice field of view for an all purpose walk around/portrait lens. What's more the f/2.8 aperture is reasonably fast considering the absurdly low price point. Build quality is also top notch for the price and eschews the tacky plastic that made up the 50mm f/1.8 mkII in favor of a build quality in line with the 50mm f/1.4.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LIGHT WEIGHT & PRECISE

    Posted
    MikeD46
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    I bought this a couple of days ago, and went right out and tested the lens on my 2 cameras. MY 60D & 70D. The lens is solid to feel, has a very snug fit and is light. The colors are reproduced at a very high level and I have not noticed any problems on the corners with vignetting. I shot about 300 photo's, using all aperture settings, shutter speed, and ISO. Just to see how flexible it was to different settings, I Liked the results. Because it is an f/2.8 lens, I got it so I could make low light video's on my 70D, but now I see the opportunity to also use it as a walk around when I head to Italy in April. I may now buy a 2nd one, and have it stay on my 60D permanently.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't miss the zoom at all. LOVE this lens.

    Posted
    bobbleheadguru

    Excellent overall lens... especially when paired with the Canon SL1. Changes my approach to taking pictures. Took pictures for a high school choir concert from the back of the auditorium with various shutter speeds with this lens. I would never get these shots with a zoom lens or my phone. There is just not enough light. However, I was able to get clear shots even with major cropping with this lens. Excellent for outdoor photography as well. You may need to move around a bit, but that is OK.. Cannot wait to take this lens everywhere and stop doing the 100% automatic settings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beginner game changer

    Posted
    Enthusiast
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    I've only been using my camera which is a Canon t6 with 50 mmm youngnuo lens for about 8 months. I would love to become a professional photographer now that I've been doing a little bit more sessions for friends and family for free. I decided to upgrade to a 24 mm because I've always noticed that I can't get everyone in the shot. so I decided to buy this 24 mm which is an awesome game changer. Now I don't have to stand 15ft away from my clients to get the shot. Very sharp images and gets the job done. it will not let you down go for it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent pancake lens

    Posted
    Manakai22
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    I wanted to love this. I bought it because I wanted something not-so-bulky for my camera. While this is not bulky, I find that I don't enjoy using it as much and I actually prefer the bulk of the other lens if I can get better pictures. Obviously, there is no zoom lens and I knew what I was getting ... but I think it is not as practical for me as I thought it could be. It is fine for what it is, I just don't get as much use of it as I thought I would and just end up using my phone when I want to go for something more lightweight.

    I would recommend this to a friend