Review and sample images: Canon 24mm f/2.8 lens
Canon Digital Rebel XT
All photographs by Ian Lind, Kaaawa, Hawaii
I've been using a Canon Digital Rebel XT since mid-year and, as any DSLR owner knows, the urge to get "just one more lens" is irresistable. I quickly added Canon's 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 to my collection. Both are ourstanding. Then, after much hemming and hawing, I added a Sigma 18-125 zoom, which I've found to be a reasonable compromise between price and performance.
I would really like the reputed quality of Canon's 17-40 L zoom, but it's beyond my budget. Knowing how much I like the two Canon primes in my camera bag, I decided to go with the 24mm f/2.8. I've been giving it a workout for the last week or so, and I would give it a high recommendation so far.
I worried that it wouldn't be wide enough for everyday use, but on the XT it's about the same as a 38mm wide angle, almost as wide as many point & shoot cameras. For example, the Canon S400 I sometimes carry when traveling is the equivalent of 36mm on its wide end. The 24mm turns out to be a very pleasant lens for general walk around use, although not quite as fast as the 50mm and 85mm.
Optically it produces good results. Colors are slightly warm, images are sharp, there's little apparent distortion, and the lens is small, light, and unobtrusive. These sample images give some sense of the results I've been getting.
All these photographs were taken using in RAW mode using the neutral settings (saturation, sharpening, contrast) of the Digital Rebel's "Parameter 2". All were handheld. They were resized and converted to jpeg using iView Pro 3.0, but with no additional post processing. I tried to get different types of lighting and situations. Each photo includes basic EXIF data and comments, if any