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Though its image circle will cover a 35mm negative, this is the lens Canon
introduced with its
EOS IX APS SLR. When used with the
smaller APS format, it yields angles of view equivalent to that of 30-106mm lens
on a 35mm camera. Aperture ranges from a reasonable f/3.5 at 24mm to a
still-reasonable f/4.5 at 85mm.
Admirably small and compact for a 35mm format zoom, the lens is huge and heavy
compared to the (slower)
introduced with the Vectis S-1. Like the Minolta lens, the Canon zoom takes a
bayonet plastic lens hood; unlike Minolta, Canon does not include the hood with
the lens. That's a shame because a lot of amateurs won't know how to order the
accessory part EW-73 and will never know how much contrast they are losing by not
hooding this 12 group, 15 element lens.
On the plus side, the lens has a ring USM motor so you get full-time
Oh yes, the image quality... I've only exposed a couple rolls film with it and
they look reasonably good. The word from Canon is that it is performs about as
well as the 28-105. It won't deliver the punch of the 28-70/2.8 or the prime
lenses, but it won't leave a $1500 hole in your wallet or carve a notch in your
shoulder either. I'd rather have the 24-85 than the 28-105 because I think the
extra 4mm on the wide end are more useful than the extra 20mm on the long
Nit: The 24-85 uses a filter size of 67mm. All other Canon EOS lenses use 52,
58, 72, or 77mm filters. So this lens really doesn't fit that well in an existing
Bottom Line: I've owned this lens for more than six months. It sits in my
cabinet. For some reason, it simply isn't useful if you already have a full
complement of higher-grade EOS lenses.
A little trip
I had to go to San Francisco to meet
with my publisher (see
my book behind the book
story for what that is typically like) and the Environmental Defense Fund
(some planning for
started packing at 6 am for an 8 am flight. I knew that I'd only have a few spare
hours in which to take pictures. I didn't want to take a P&S camera because
I'm growing less fond of them. The camera that I could easily grab was
the Rebel G plus the 24-85 lens. I walked around the city for an
afternoon and exposed 85 pictures on Kodak Royal Gold 400, with the intention of
adding them to
my California exhibit. I mostly used
aperture priority autoexposure and left the camera to autofocus (and pick its AF
sensor) all of the time.