11 February 2012
KingCast budget Canon lens shootout: 50mm 1.8 v. 24-85 3.5-4.5 v. 18-200 3.5-5.6
This is the replacement 24-85 3.5-4.5. Sorry it was the only lens I had with me yesterday.
It is the black model and functions flawlessly. The USM is quick and accurate and quiet.
Read more and see the unedited dragon here.Here's your back story. So here we are, and in reality there's not much to pick from, at least in this particular application, but of course the straight glass is sharpest, fancy that. And this 24-85 is not up to snuff, it's got some hazing going on among other things so it is going back for another one rated as being in excellent condition. The main reason I bought the 24-85 is because it is one of the best documentary video lenses you can find, regardless of price. And even though it has a crappy focus ring, the USM is nice and quiet so if you must go to AF while you are busy dealing with unruly cops or surveying a rapidly-shifting composition you can do that. You have to pay too much attention with the 50mm to keep everything in frame in that sort of situation. Also I can say however that in video one can readily discern that the 50mm and 24-85 are head and shoulders above the 18-200 kit lens in terms of sharpness and clarity. More on this later, with an actual video.