Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Lens Review by

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 Lens

The aging but still durable Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 wide angle prime lens can still be had today for about $300 or less. It’s an inexpensive option if you’re into wide angle shooting. Released in 1988, before the advent of digital SLRs, it was designed to fit a full-size 36 x 24mm film frame. It perfectly fits today’s Canon digital SLRs, with which it will have an effective field of view of either 39mm (1.6x) or 31mm (1.3x). posted a recent review of the said prime lens, noting that the 24mm f/2.8 is still actively manufactured by Canon. The review points out that this old lens exhibits quite a bit of corner softness, on both sub- and full-frame camera bodies. Depending on your preference, this may or may not be a desirable effect. But given the sharpness of today’s new lenses, this old 24mm f/2.8 may underwhelm.

“On balance, however, it’s not overly expensive, and if you want wide-angle on a budget, it’s one of your options,” writes reviewer Andrew Alexander.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.