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November 14, 2014
Posted in News

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Shipping



Canon’s EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens is shipping from for $149 at AmazonB&H Photo | Adorama

  • EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 38mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Optimized Lens Coatings
  • STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF
  • Micro-Stepping Drive Aperture Mechanism
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Slim Design Measures Less Than 1″-Thick

The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM was announced in September 2014.

September 15, 2014
Posted in News

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Announced

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Canon officially announced the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. The new EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM has an introductory price of just $149 an can be per-ordered at Adorama | B&H Photo.

Press release:

Incredibly lightweight, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a fast and versatile lens with advanced AF and superior optics. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it’s appropriate for a variety of purposes. The lens features optimised lens element placement and includes an aspheric element for high image quality from the center of the composition to the
corners, and has specialized coatings on the lens elements to reduce ghosting and flare. To ensure excellent color balance, a 7-blade circular aperture provides super b out-of-focus detail. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM excels during movie shooting thanks to its STM motor that enables silent and smooth focus tracking (on EOS cameras with Movie Servo AF), plus a micro-stepping drive that keeps aperture changes quiet. The lens also offers full-time manual focus, manual AF adjustment (one-shot AF), and can focus down to a minimum distance of 0.5 ft. (0.16m). Delivering optical brilliance in a
lightweight and unobtrusive construction, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a great fixed-optical length lens for photographers looking to add a travel-friendly option to their collection.
  • Wide-angle lens for Canon APS-C cameras (equivalent to 38mm on a full-frame camera) offers an ultra-slim and lightweight design.
  • Slimmest and lightest lens of the EF-S series (approx. lens width is 0.9 in, or slightly wider than a U.S. nickel).
  • A stepping motor (STM) supports the Canon EOS Movie Servo AF function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Delivers outstanding image quality and excellent low-light performance.
  • Aspheric lens element helps you achieve a high level of image quality from the center to the periphery
  • Optimized lens arrangement and coating helps minimize ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Aperture mechanism uses micro-stepping drive control for quieter drive.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in One Shot AF Mode.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.5 ft./0.16 m; maximum magnification of x0.27


September 11, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Specs and Image Leaked

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Digicame-info (translated) just posted the leaked image and specs of the upcoming Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 pancake lens

– First EF-S pancake lens
– 38.4 mm equivalent
– High-precision glass molded aspherical lens
– Full-time manual focus
– Minimum focusing distance 0.16m
– Maximum magnification is 0.27x
– 22.8 mm height
– 125g weight

Very good specs. This is a light-weighted, small lens with an amazing minimum focusing distance. And it is equivalent to a highly popular focal length.

[via DCI]

August 29, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Set To Announce New Lenses Very Soon (EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 400mm F4 DO IS II USM)

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS

Digicame (translated) posted what I am not shy to define as the first reliable rumor on what Canon is going to announce at Photokina 2014. Yes, these lenses are going to be announced at Photokina 2014!

  • EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
  • EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM was previously rumored to be an EF lens, instead it is an EF-S lens. Not yet sure if it will be a pancake lens.

The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is aimed at full-frame shooters, who will soon enjoy the benefits of the STM technology for their video shooting. This lens will probably be the next kit lens for the 6D. It will for sure be cheaper than an “L” grade lens. No one saw this lens come.

Finally, the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens is the successor to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS. Several patents filed by Canon in the past pointed in this direction, the latest patent being this one.

Stay tuned, I am sure pictures will follow soon.


August 26, 2014
Posted in Rumors

A New EF 24mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens Coming From Canon?

EF 24mm f/2.8 Pancake
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens

Last week a rumor surfaced suggesting Canon may announce a new EF 24mm pancake lens. A possible f/2.8 aperture is murmured/assumed. Moreover, a new wide angle zoom might also be on the radar. Speculations point to the previously rumored 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Finally, a no further specified standard zoom is mentioned.

The news comes from CR, where the rumor is classified as plausible and coming from a new source.

April 23, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Sigma Working On 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens To Announce At Photokina?

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Photo Rumors had word that Sigma is working on a 24mm f/1.4 Art lens.

The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 is expected to be announced for Photokina 2014 and to be available in October 2014. The price of the 24mm is said to be higher than Sigma’s latest amazing lens, the 50mm f/1.4 Art.

[via PR]

March 13, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Samyang 24mm f/1.4 Gets Same DxOMark As Canon 24mm f/1.4L II

DxOMark felt the pulse of the manual focus Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 (price & specs), and it turned out the Samyang got the same DxOMark score (31) as Canon’s Ef 24mm f/4L II lens (price & specs). The Canon is sharper and has less distortion but the Samyang produces less vignetting and chromatic aberration are better controlled at all apertures.

From the conclusion:

Although the Samyang is a phenomenal performer, when stopped its sharpness wide open doesn’t match that of rival high-speed designs. Given the modest pricing [$669] it will no doubt continue to be a popular model but it would be all the more attractive with the addition of automatic aperture control and perhaps AF-assist (though it’s often unreliable without experience). There’s another, often overlooked benefit from the inclusion of data transmission – EXIF data stored in Raw files could be used by third-party software suppliers to apply lens corrections. Future updates such as these would seem likely but for now the Canon mount version is overshadowed by the better performing rivals.

It is up to anyone to know if a manually operated lens like the Samyang is ok for their needs. The optical performance is very good and if you have at last a minimum of photographic experience, then this lens shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon’s Ef 24mm f/4L II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Specs and description after the break.

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