Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM vs Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM

Which one to choose - Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM vs Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM?

I am often asked questions about these two lenses at my Youtube channel... Both lenses are good, but in their own way.

Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM - Canon full frame lens that can be used with both full frame cameras and crop cameras

Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM - Canon crop lens, which on SLR models will be mounted ONLY on crop cameras. You can put on mirrorless carcasses through an adapter and on full-frame cameras (RP, R, R6, R5), but they will take pictures only in crop mode and with a reduced resolution. It can also be mounted via an adapter to mirrorless crop cameras on the EOS M. But only with adapter.

Outwardly, both lenses are very compact and lightweight, you will not feel their presence in terms of weight and size. But the pancake EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM is even smaller.

Optically, both lenses are virtually flawless. They are sharp from edge to edge starting at f2.8. That is, you only need to close the aperture on such optics to control the depth of field. Detail is excellent at any aperture setting (as long as the aperture does not separate you from detail).

An important point. No other lens will give you tangible background blur... Forget about portraits with these focal lengths and apertures.

Why is the Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM more expensive than the Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM?

  • As stated above, the Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM is a full frame lens. Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM will not work full frame even if you turn it on full frame mirrorless.
  • Further, the Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM has good OIS. With this lens, you can handheld evening / night landscapes with discretion (although tripod for such things is preferable). With the Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM, you don't shoot much handheld at night, despite the f2.8.
  • Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM, due to the built-in stub, will also do a good job of shooting video without a tripod / monopod.
  • The Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM has an ultrasonic focusing motor, which in almost every respect outperforms the stepper motor in the Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM. This is not to say that STM lenses are poorly focused. This is also a valid option. But the EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM focuses almost instantly and silently.
  • Although both lenses are extremely sharp, in terms of color reproduction, I would go for the more expensive Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM. It gives a rich and contrasting picture. This is not to say that the EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM is bad in this regard. He shoots much better than any cropped whales like EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 or EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6. But in comparison of the two fixes, the EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM wins in terms of color rendition.

Among the differences described above, the most important is that Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM designed for crop cameras... In fact, according to the field of view, this is a standard lens. It has an equivalent focal length of about 39mm, which cannot be called a very wide angle.

Lens Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM on a full-frame camera it will give full-frame 24mm - this is already the territory of wide-angle cameras. I personally find this focal point boring, but nevertheless, it is suitable for landscape photography and many other tasks.

Which lens should you buy?

For crop cameras, you can safely buy the Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM, which I advised in the article “Best lenses for Canon crop cameras". The EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM will shoot much better than a kit lens, while being ultra-compact, inexpensive and offering a comfortable field of view. It turns out to be a good standard crop stick.

I don't see much point in buying a Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM with a crop camera. But in the full frame, you get a very high quality compact wide-angle lens.

Historical reference.

In 2012, Canon released the Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM, Canon EF 28mm f / 2.8 IS USM and Canon EF 35mm f / 2 IS USM series. Lenses were produced specifically for digital cameras, taking into account the large number of megapixels and the increased requirements of amateur photographers. They have older counterparts, but today I would recommend choosing from this series. Believe me new RF optics no better (except marketing) compared to these "oldies".

All of these lenses are excellent optically. The only question is in the choice of the parameters of aperture and focal length. I have used for a long time Canon EF 35mm f / 2 IS USM and I think it is the most interesting of this line (and he gives bokeshku, unlike the heroes of the review). But if you want a compact, lightweight and super-sharp full-frame width, the Canon EF 24mm f / 2.8 IS USM is a great option.

The cost of lenses from the review

Also read the review at Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STMwith the same field of view as the Canon EF-S 24mm f / 2.8 STM.

canon rf 14-35 f4l vs rf 15-35 f2.8l

New Canon RF 14-35mm f / 4L IS USM

At the end of June 2021, information was published on Canon RF 14-35mm f / 4L IS USM in addition to the previous Canon RF 15-35mm f / 2.8L IS USM.

Price $ 1700.

Weight (about 500 grams) and dimensions are comparable to RF 85mm f2 IS... This is great because similar lenses weigh 800 grams on average. The lens has elements and coatings to control all kinds of aberrations. In general, before us is an elka with an excellent picture.

The lens has been on sale since August 2021.

For the price, Canon EF 16-35mm f4 is still much more attractive, because it is much cheaper, but without 14mm at wide angle or Sigma 14-24mm f2.8, but without 35mm at a long angle ... so the lens is interesting and unique in its own way. 

Here Canon RF 14-35mm f4L IS review in comparison with higher aperture Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8L IS:

Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM review on Canon R5

canon ef 28-105 f3.5-4.5Welcome to the first version of the Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM lens, released in 1992. There was also a re-release of the Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM II, which differs only externally (and even then not much).

It's funny that the Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 came with a film camera Canon EOS 5, and now - almost 20 years later - I am reviewing this film lens with digital full frame mirrorless. Canon EOS-R5.


This is a very compact (72 * 75 mm) and lightweight lens (375 g), strongly resembling in appearance Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM... The same small filter diameter - 58mm and a tightly assembled plastic case.

Metal mount unlike newer, but worse Canon EF 28-105mm f/ 4.0-5.6 USM (not recommended for purchase).
canon ef 28-105mm
The lens has a focusing distance scale. A trifle, but nice.

canon ef 28-105mm f3.5-4.5-2

The zoom ring rotates relatively easily, but when filming a video there are jerks that I showed in this video.

Auto focus

The focusing system is very pleasing. Focuses very quickly and quietly. On modern cameras, autofocus is suitable for both photo and video.

The minimum focusing distance of 50cm is not very comfortable. You won't be able to shoot very large with this lens.

Image quality

  • The main disadvantage of this lens is low contrast and faded colors. I had review on a similar Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USMwhere the same problem was.
  • Sharpness is decent at all focal lengths, straight from open aperture. There is a drop in detail along the edges, which does not go all the way even with closed apertures.
  • The bokeh is nice, at 100mm f4.5 you can get good portraits, but you still need to think about the background, unlike 85mm f1.2L.
  • Chromatic aberrations are naturally present. They didn't strike me much. IN Lightroom corrected quickly by clicking the Remove Chromatic Aberration checkbox.
  • Distortion is also present and quite strong. Moreover, it manifests itself both at the wide and at the long end. But it has a uniform character, so it is also amenable to adjustment. Regarding adjustments, unfortunately, Lightroom does not have a profile for this lens, although the Canon R5 recognizes it and writes about it in the menu.

Who is the Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM for?

  • Если вам нужен temporary lensto understand focal lengths and understand what to buy next - yes, this is a good option so as not to overpay for expensive L-lenses. By the way, I think the EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 is a better choice compared to the frankly cheap plastic Canon RF 24-105mm f4.5-7.1 STM. Also do not recommend Canon EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 STM (disgusting AF and zoom).
  • If you shoot with additional lighting (flash or constant light), then the choice of lens fades into the background. Light comes first. So, by the way, I decided to keep the EF 28-105mm.
  • If you want to optional, lightweight and compact lens for work... For example, I have good L prime lenses, like Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM и Canon EF 135mm f2L USM. For reportage shooting, to complement the focal lengths and not carry anything heavy, I can take a Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM (with flash, if indoors). I also took this lens for shooting football along with Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L.

Who DOES NOT fit the Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM

If you expect that for that kind of money you get a cool lens, then no - it is not. Canon EF 24-105mm f4L outperforms it in everything. Especially in color reproduction, color saturation and micro contrast. When buying a lens like this, you are making a compromise. Especially disadvantages EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 will appear in difficult, insufficient, chaotic lighting. If you don't control the light, then the result will be so-so (although this rule applies to anything in photography / videography).

The Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM doesn't shoot beautifully on its own. For it to work well, you need good lighting, as I wrote about above. Therefore, I cannot recommend it to novice professionals.

More details in the video review:

Let me remind you again, I have already done review on Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM