Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM vs. Canon EF 24mm f/2.8: A side-by-side comparison

By Janice Chen - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM lens performance | Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM versus competition | Conclusion

Almost a quarter century after the release of its predecessor, Canon’s new 24mm f/2.8 prime lens is shaping up to be a worthy successor. Not only does the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM add optical image stabilization (for up to four stops of correction) and a new ultrasonic autofocus motor, but after putting the lens through the paces of DxOMark testing, it has proved to be a top-notch performer as well, delivering excellent value for its $849 price. Not only does it outperform its predecessor in Sharpness and Transmission scores, but it also stands up to lenses that sell for more than twice the price, outperforming the Carl Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZE on multiple tests and matching or besting the high-end Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM on DxOMark tests.