[Review] EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM (and why it is better to have newer lenses for new gear)

ephotozine reviewed Canon’s new EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM ($850, click here) and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM ($800, click here). Both lenses are the second iteration, adding Image Stabilization and USM to its features. They replace some rather old, and affordable, lenses, the EF 24mm f/2.8 ($374, click here) and the EF 28mm f/2.8 ($259, click here). These lenses are somewhat discussed. They have good performance but it is common opinion that the price tag is a little exaggerated. However, all reviews I saw are crediting these lenses having good optical properties and overall performance. These lenses are particularly useful for videographers. ephotozine wanted to have a closer look on both lenses.

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Pros (click here for the review)

  • Good build quality
    Lightweight
    Image Stabilisation
    Excellent sharpness
    Focuses close

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Pros (click here for the review)

  • Good build quality
    Lightweight
    Image Stabilisation
    Outstanding sharpness
    Focuses close

Finally, I want to feature a post by Scott Bourne about how important new glasses are for new DSLRs. The article takes AF performance as an example: if you are not using pro glasses on pro gear you can’t expect that your DSLR will perform as expected. And there is more (emphasis mine):

I spoke with Canon representatives who prefer to remain unnamed and they admitted that the new AF systems on the 5D Mk IIIand 1DX are optimized to work with the newest, fastest glass.

So the thing to know is this. If you expect a remarkable improvement in AF just because you buy a new 5D MK III or 1DX you may be slightly disappointed. You need that fast, new glass too.

Simple, isn’t it? 🙂 Good that there is a huge Canon lenses August discount program going on (click here)!

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM price check: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay Australia | Alibaba EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM price check: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay Australia | Alibaba

  • physica

    The price is…..not very promising….I won’t choose this lens….. I’m shooting happy with my current 24mm F2.8…..

  • Vincent

    If you want more in depth consideration about new lens and new DSLR AF there is a very simple and nice review on LensRental blog. It is in four part and here’s the link to the last one (containing link for the precedent parts)

    http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/08/autofocus-reality-part-3b-canon-cameras

    By the way it is a very nice blog, worth reading.

  • 232323

    well yeh.. then give me a new 50mm f1.4 im not going to buy that old dinosaur….

  • ageha

    Overpriced! 🙁

  • AG

    Why the 28mm instead of 35mm ?
    None of these seem worth it.