Andy Westlake finds out whether Canon’s inexpensive and tiny prime lens is a tasty option for APS-C users in our Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Review

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Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – Test results

Resolution

Our Applied Imaging tests reveal impressively consistent results, varying little between f/2.8 and f/11. Corners are somewhat soft wide open, and best results come at f/5.6 and a stop either side. Diffraction blurs the image visibly at f/16, and we’d avoid f/22 unless depth of field is paramount.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/2.8

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/2.8

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/5.6

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/5.6

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/11

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/11

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/22

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM MTF at f/22

Shading

Vignetting is quite strong at f/2.8, which is to be expected from such a small optical unit. Close down to f/4, though, and it clears up almost completely. Most Canon DSLRs can correct vignetting in-camera, although you will have to upload the requisite lens profile to make this work. It’s also easily removed in post-processing.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM shading at f/2.8

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM shading at f/2.8

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM shading at f/4

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM shading at f/4

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM shading at f/8

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM shading at f/8

Curvilinear distortion

Our test charts reveal moderately strong barrel distortion, with straight lines towards the edge of the frame bowing outwards. This is a common compromise with small lenses, although it’s a little unusual to see this much distortion from an APS-C prime. Again, it’s easy to correct in software.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM distortion

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM distortion

  1. 1. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Review – Introduction
  2. 2. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – Features
  3. 3. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – Build and handling
  4. 4. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – Image quality
  5. 5. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – Test results
  6. 6. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM – Verdict
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