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Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« on: June 27, 2012, 09:59:57 PM »
Just received it few minutes ago!
First Unboxing of Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM Lens

I will upload a couple of photos shortly.

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Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« on: June 27, 2012, 09:59:57 PM »

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Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2012, 10:20:22 PM »
Do you think that the heavy price tag on this lens makes it worthy?
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012, 10:22:12 PM »
Taken with 5DII @ 1/160 f5.6 iso50, resized to half with DXO.

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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 10:41:58 PM »
Do you think that the heavy price tag on this lens makes it worthy?

The price tag as originally advertised was steep. But I managed to get it for 788AUD (793USD, 637EUR, 510GBP, 6150HKD at today's exchange rate) delivered, which after claiming the tax back (as I am heading overseas) will only cost 716AUD (or 720USD, 579EUR, 463GBP, 5595HKD).

On a crop body it would make an excellent walk around lens. Almost like some mirrorless cameras out there.

First impressions:
Though heavier than the 40mm pancake and the 28mm f2.8 lenses, on the 5DII it feels extremely well balanced. Its focus is fast and silent, just like any other USM lens. I haven't tested (nor will I have the time to) its image stabilization.

On the 550D, it becomes front heavy. But makes a compact kit almost like the cheapo 18-55mm kit lens. Attached is another photo taken with the 550D for the same scene in the previous image (as well as a photo of how the lens looks like on the 550D).

I am going overseas and will be leaving behind the bulky 24-105mm behind. Only taking this 24mm and the pancake with the 550D. Let's see how they'll fare.

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Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2012, 12:10:43 AM »
Few more observations:
- Lens is made in Japan.
- The manual focus ring is butter smooth. It is smoother than that on the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM.
- Shooting handheld, I am getting 1/8 and 1/5 perfectly sharp exposures for a subject 3 metres away with IS enabled.

Not sure why Canon didn't release this as an L lens given it's price point. I think if they were to add more anti reflective coatings to the front element it could easily make it (though I don't think L versus non-L matters in any way).

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2012, 12:34:26 AM »
I don't think there is as much of the L vs. non-L quality anymore.  If you've ever shot with the 50 f/1.4 or the 85 f/1.8 or even the 100 f/2, you know what I mean.
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Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2012, 05:28:01 AM »
I know that many people cannot see the point in this lens and I agree the price at present a bit steep for what it is but I am interested in getting this lens as a compact walkaround lens for my 7D. The 'equivalent' FOV on crop of approx 38mm will make it a good widish 'standard' lens- kind of like the 40mm pancake on FF. The pancake on crop is a bit too long for my taste. I like to do a bit of hiking/ mountain walking and the IS function should be quite useful as I like to take video panoramas, and carrying a tripod up a mountain is not always convenient, so the combination of focal length, IS and compact size could make this a winner for me if it is a good performer optically. If it stays at the same price I can see how people would pass it by in favour of the 17-55 EF-S but if it comes down after a while I can see me getting one.  :)
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Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2012, 05:28:01 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2012, 03:25:45 PM »
Anyone else out there with one? Since my experience with the 40mm pancake was a bust (and it is a bit tight on a crop to boot), I am seriously considering one of these.  Our local camera store just got them in today.
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2012, 07:44:45 PM »
Picked one up this afternoon.  Quite soft at 2.8 then sharpens up at 4.0-6.3.  I think I will be returning it.
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Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2012, 07:56:31 PM »
Dianne whaty body are you shooting with you seem to be getting alot of soft faster aperture lenses, are you sure its not the body? 2 for 2 is highly unusual
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2012, 08:14:56 PM »
Dianne whaty body are you shooting with you seem to be getting alot of soft faster aperture lenses, are you sure its not the body? 2 for 2 is highly unusual

I have a 7D and a 60D.  I would have thought body too but my 70-300L and my 15-85 are both very sharp wide open, although wide open with those two are 4.0 and 3.5 respectively.

Here at two images at 2.8 and 4.0 to show the difference, single focus on centre of flower.

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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2012, 08:29:10 PM »
yeah that does look soft, at least your 7D has AFMA
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2012, 09:32:15 PM »
Indeed, but the softness at 2.8 is not something that can be fixed with AFMA otherwise wouldn't all apertures be soft?  The f/4 looks good to me.
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2012, 09:32:15 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2012, 09:35:13 PM »
no once you AFMA your lens it should be good, narrower apertures increase the depth of field and this may make f4 look sharper because its falling in the in focus area of the depth of field, you always do your AFMA on the lens wide open
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Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2012, 09:49:06 PM »
no once you AFMA your lens it should be good, narrower apertures increase the depth of field and this may make f4 look sharper because its falling in the in focus area of the depth of field, you always do your AFMA on the lens wide open

Failed to mention that FoCal gave me mixed results at f/2.8 (I did all my testing wide open).  If I was in close (about 1 ft from subject), it recommended 0 adjustment.  When I was further than 2 feet, it recommended +2 adjustment, at more than 3 ft it recommended +5 adjustment.  Repeated, same results.  Yet, when I compared their before and after images, I could see no improvement with any of the recommended adjustment values.  It also recommended best apertures for sharpness between 4 and 6.3 at all distances, with 2.8 being behind even 7.1 and 8 for sharpness.
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2012, 09:49:06 PM »