Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM lens review

Canon's affordable wide-angle and wide-aperture lens offers a lot of bang for your buck

canon rf 24mm f1.8 macro is stm lens
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Every photographer needs a good wide-angle lens, those who prefer prime lenses will be very happy with this affordable entry from Canon. Compact and light and very easy to throw into a gear bag for a long day of landscape or street photography. Sharp in the center, with a wide aperture for creative depth of field, as well as IS for low-light handheld shots or video making. What's more, the lens' 0.5x macro capabilities are a great added bonus for dabbling in close-up photography.


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    Image stabilized

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    Wide aperture

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    Light and compact design

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    Quick and quiet autofocus

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    Macro capable


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    Corner sharpness isn't great

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    Vignetting can be a problem

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    Some color fringing

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Most photographers at one time or another will need the best wide-angle lens, and one of the most popular focal lengths for wide angle is 24mm. Wide enough to take in a whole landscape or street image, but not wide enough that it starts to distort the image into a fish-eye effect.

If you want a lens with a 24mm focal length, you are not short of options, with most cameras coming with an 18-55mm or 24-105mm standard zoom lens option. Then there are also kit lens upgrades usually in the shape of a 24-70mm lens or the option of wide-angle zoom lenses. However, zoom lenses usually come with compromises in their optical quality to cover increased focal distances.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.