A Review of the Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM Lens

24mm lenses with wide apertures are some of the most versatile out there, offering a reasonably wide (though not overly so) focal length in tandem with a lot of light-gathering and subject-isolating power. The Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM takes that versatility and adds in macro capabilities and image stabilization, making it quite the intriguing option. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Gordon Laing, this great video review takes a look at the Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM lens. The 24mm f/1.8 Macro comes with a minimum focusing distance of 5.5 inches (0.5x maximum magnification), giving it a lot of versatility, even more so when you add in image stabilization. Canon has also included one ultra-low dispersion element and one aspherical element for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased sharpness and Super Spectra coating for reduced flares and ghosting and deeper contrast. There is also a rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh and a customizable Control Ring. At $599, it looks like an intriguing and potentially popular option. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Laing.

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Tom Reichner's picture


My immediate thought the very first moment I see the words "Canon", "24mm", and "macro" together is, "I bet it's not really a macro."

Sure enough, I'm right. At 0.5x magnification, it isn't even close to being a true macro. Canon simply refuses to make any wide angle lens that is a true macro.

For those who want a real macro lens in a wide angle field of view, I suggest considering:

Laowa 15mm f4 macro with true 1:1 magnification

Laowa 24mm Probe lens with an unbelievable 1:2 magnification ratio!