Launched some months ago, we are now nearing delivery of the new Canon 24mm and 28mm primes with IS.  I had a chance to try out both of these lenses at a Canon event in Vancouver earlier in the year.  Read this write up for my first impressions and some sample images. 

I think when these lenses were fist announced the whole community let out a collective huh?  Non-L primes with IS and f2.8 ?  Well that is the way I certainly felt until I got my hands on them.  They are built very nicely, not quite L-quality but close.  I expect these to be very popular with the video crowd due to the image stabilization and also highly popular with travel photographers.  When I travel I typically put my 24mm f1.4 L II on my camera.  These new lenses with IS will be able to achieve images in similar low light levels though.  As long as you don’t need a faster shutter speed to stop action movement.  These new lenses are about 1/3 of the weight and maybe half the size of my big chunk 24mm f1.4 though, a pretty compelling option.  Judging by my first quick sample images the quality of these lenses is also very good.  I might purchase the 28mm myself for traveling with.  B&H is stating a June 17th shipping date.

 

Pre-Order Links – B&H

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

Pre-Order Links – Amazon

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