Canon 24mm f2.8 from 1988

Canon 24mm f2.8 (1988)

After saying to myself “this year I wasn’t going to buy any more camera gear, but instead spend a little on making photo’s or rather going places to facilitate that” – then comes along a lens! Namely a Canon 24mm F2.8, the original dating from 1988. I paid £85 for it, which I thought bit of a bargain. I have a wider lens, the Tamron 17mm, but nothing this wide for the Canon EOS, or AF.

So for a little technical detail: It has 6 aperture blades that allow for apertures between f2.8 and 22. It will focus down to 10 inches, great to get a bit of foreground interest in a wide shot. It has 10 elements in 10 groups, and from what I can see has very little distortion. It gives about 74 degrees field of view horizontal, and has a weight of 230g, on my scales, although the spec states 270g, perhaps they include caps and hood? So what about the results…. I loaded up one of my usual way out of date films and gave it a try.

St Peters, Dorchester

On a lunchtime break the sun made a rare February appearance so I made a quick dash around town. I’ve made no colour corrections in photoshop for these, they are just the raw, quick scans.

The Shire Hall
Thomas Hardy Statue
West Walks
Close Focus
Foreground
Tennis Courts
The War Memorial
Old Post Box

I’m very happy with the performance of the lens, the results seem good to me, especially for the price. I think it will come in very handy for some interior work in churches especially.

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