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Why I checked out the 24mm EF-S by Canon
I recently purchased a 24mm ef-s pancake lens by Canon for my Canon EOS 80D for two reasons
-Super small size
-Wide field of view
My goal was to have something that would allow me to use my bulky DSLR in the more relaxed and non challant context of real life. I had recently used my phone for pictures and they were horrible. Good for most people taking snapshots but not to my standards at all.
This lens facilitated taking my larger camera out for walks. I used it on the 80D APS-C sensor camera where I would really have fun testing the lovely autofocus that is the 80D.
Here are the observations I made today with this lens
I was surprised to see that on the side of the lens it was written macro. I tried some really close up shots and it really did blow me away.
24mm on the canon 1.6X APS-C crop ( 38.6mm) is a perfect focal length for afternoon walks and I would even go so far as to say I would feel safe just bringing this lens as a tourist lens as well. I could even commit to a whole trip with this thing.
The f/2.8 proved useful in dark places like at the museum. Allowing for better ISO that is so crucial on the less noise tolerant APS-C sensors
Surprisingly sharp. Its defaults did not bother me at all. Vignetting, small lack of sharpness, chromatic aberration etc.
The video possibilities are huge for a run and gun situation. Remember, focal length is perfect to catch it all.
I paid 219$ Canadian on Amazon.ca but for that price I was expecting the build quality of the nifty 50 but was surprised to see that it was actually way better and felt very sturdy indeed.
When to use this lens and when not to use it
When to use (according to my personal experiences)
Those who want to render their bulky DSLR camera a bit more portable.
Those who want to use their DSLR as a higher end alternative to their phone camera
Might even be able to replace the crappy 18-135mm as a tourist lens if stowability is an issue for you.
Those who need a quick go to camera when a dslr is stowed away. Its pancake form makes it a lot like a live body cap
Usefill in all instances where low light is a factor. Like the museum shots. Having the 2.8 apeture was a Godsend
People wanting Bokeh for cheap
When not to use (according to my personal experiences)
For diverse reasons, mostly sharpness, purple fringing, and vignetting, I really would not suggest this lens in a studio situation
For the same reason I would not use it for portrait photography
Any sport, show or or event photography is not recommended. It is a fixed focal stuck at 38mm wide equivalence. You need to play with focal lengths in show situations
If anyone wants to work with an old school style lens that makes its presence in your hand, this will not work. It is small and made for those who prioritize just that.
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