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Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM 35mm Zoom

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (63 Reviews)
MSRP : $620.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length24mm - 85mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/4.5
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance19.2 in
    Picture Angle28.5 - 84 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size67 mm
    Groups / Elements15 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diameter2.9 in
    Length2.7 in
    Weight13.4 oz
    Product ID25699026

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by endurocat a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2008

Strengths:    Resolution, colors, contrast, AF, price.

Weaknesses:    CA, without support from Canon for this issue - very bad.
Zoom creep - but this is not a tragedy.

Bottom Line:   
Good lens, not best, but a good choice. Medium light, compact, medium build quality. Good resoluition, sharp. Not more diference between middle of the frame and corners (on ASP-C). Great colors and contrast. Fast auto focus. In some poor light conditions can't focus, with all help of flash, but probably this is my camera problem, not lens.
In comparition with miserable 18-55 kit is a big step ahead.
I apreciate USM-FTM feature. 24-85 focal length is good for more situations.
In the dark side is:
CA - Canon don't implement an CA corection for this lens in Photo Profetional software yet !!! CA is pronunced in some conditions. Not so bad like 18-55, but more so others Canon lens.
Zoom creep, is very smooth, but creep.
Focus ring wobbling a little - not big issue.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Grey market

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by korayd76 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2006

Strengths:    Acceptable sharpness at almost all aperture levels
Superb contrast and tones.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
It is a great lens with outstanding contrast and acceptable sharpness throughout all the aperture ranges. It is tack sharp especially in f/8. I like most the contrast and tone of this lens and I sold my 28-105mm and 50mm as I got really good results with this lens.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   28-105mm

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by justinguo a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2006

Strengths:    good resolution,Vignetting is basically a non-issue with this lens at any focal length even at wide-open aperture.

Weaknesses:    chromatic aberrations (color shadows at harsh contrast transitions) are a weak spot of the lens.

Bottom Line:   
The Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM exhibited a quite mixed performance. On the upside the lens is very sharp with very little vignetting throughout the range. Unfortunately distortions at 24mm are pretty hefty as are chromatic aberrations. The build quality is pretty decent and the AF performace is a joy. All-in-all the lens is capable to beat the cheapo EF-S 18-55mm as well as the EF-S 17-85mm IS and regarding sharpness it can even rival the the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L (on APS-C). If the focal length range was more attractive here the lens would have been a killer but as such it is just a good compromise.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 USM L
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 USM L
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 USM IS
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 II
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM L

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erik a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2005

Strengths:    *Lightning USM focus
*Quite sharp at all focal lengths, especially stopped at 6.3 or tighter
*Ideal size/weight for the EOS 20D

Weaknesses:    67mm--not at all universal
Obviously a rung down from 28-70 L, but the price gap is huge

Bottom Line:   
Did a rather excessive amount of research before settling on this lens. In addition to looking at these reviews, I talked to two pros. One of them says this is her workhorse for weddings despite owning several L models; "My clients don't pay four times more if the lens costs four times more!" The other pro works for a large metro daily in Ohio, and uses it for everything except sports.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $289.00

Purchased At:   B&H Photo

Similar Products Used:   The 28-80 kit lens for the old Rebel G

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard23 a Professional

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005

Strengths:    Sharp where you would expect it to be Soft where you'd expect it to be Light. Compact. Fast focusing and relatively inexpensive.

Weaknesses:    Requires reasonable care in handling because of its light construction.

Bottom Line:   
This lens is suitable for most work where a lens with this range is normally used. Professionals may rate it higher than may those with less experience, because as professionals they know how to get the most out of their equipment... understanding their lenses' strengths and weaknesses

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Canon 24-70mm f/2,8 L

Type of photography:   Fine Art

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