Photo Walk-around (and a little driving) with my new 24mm lens

Happy Holidays, everyone!

My wife gave me a Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lense for Christmas.

I have a cropped sensor camera, which converts the lens to about 38mm. I have been wanting a 24mm prime for landscapes and street photography. I wanted a low-profile lens to shoot on my camera with out being obtrusive on the streets.  I didn’t want to be shooting with my large walk-around lens.

Here is the description form the Canon website:

Incredibly lightweight, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a fast and versatile lens with advanced AF and superior optics. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it’s appropriate for a variety of purposes. The lens features optimized lens element placement and includes an aspheric element for high image quality from the center of the composition to the corners, and has specialized coatings on the lens elements to reduce ghosting and flare. To ensure excellent color balance, a 7-blade circular aperture provides superb out-of-focus detail. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM excels during movie shooting thanks to its STM motor that enables silent and smooth focus tracking (on EOS cameras with Movie Servo AF), plus a micro-stepping drive that keeps aperture changes quiet. The lens also offers full-time manual focus, manual AF adjustment (one-shot AF), and can focus down to a minimum distance of 0.5 ft. (0.16m). Delivering optical brilliance in a lightweight and unobtrusive construction, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a great fixed-optical length lens for photographers looking to add a travel-friendly option to their collection.

So, of course, I had to take it out for a spin today.  I walked around my hometown and went to a local lake for a couple of landscape shots.

The first thing I noticed was that my images were, in fact, much clearer.  The edges were much sharper than my walk-around lens.

Also, and I don’t know how to explain this, but the color in my photos seem deeper.

I have shot with a zoom lens for a long time, but I had not problem with adjusting to a prime lens.  And, I loved carrying a light-weight lens.

I only had time to take a handful of landscape photos. I chimped my first photo and knew there was something significantly different.  For only $129, this lens is a champ.

20181225 Lake Dow-8319

In the past, I would notice significant ghosting in a photo like this.  I say minimal ghosting with the 24mm.



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