Is It Time To Upgrade Your Canon Lens?
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• Canon's newest fixed length L-series lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, incorporates the newest in Canon lens technology for spectacular sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. It features two high-precision, large-diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness across the sensor, even in peripheral areas of full-frame sensors. Lens elements have a newly-designed anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) that departs from conventional coatings by using an extremely fine structure that minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle with which light enters or exits. It also features two UD lens elements to minimize chromatic aberrations, incorporates rear-focusing, ultrasonic, quiet and high-speed AF with full-time manual override. A circular aperture provides beautiful out-of-focus detail and offers legendary dust- and water-resistant L-series construction using only lead-free glass.
The Canon 24mm F/1.4L is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Canon 24mm F/1.4L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 24mm F/1.4L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 24mm F/1.4L: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images
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it is the best purchase i ever made it wrks relley well for angles and fast i loveeeeeeeeeeee it
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24mm 1.4L 11 USM
The lens I got was unusable at 1.4 to get a decent quality had to close down two stops. This now is the third time in one year I have returned L glass for sharpness issues. If you are a serious Pro I would advise never buying a high quality lens on line. Not that the vendors are bad, but you will not know what you get. Then you are faced with fees for restocking and shipping at you expense. Not all lenses are equal and seems like this is a new thing with Canon, As I have not returned or had a...View full Review
The lens I got was unusable at 1.4 to get a decent quality had to close down two stops. This now is the third time in one year I have returned L glass for sharpness issues. If you are a serious Pro I would advise never buying a high quality lens on line. Not that the vendors are bad, but you will not know what you get. Then you are faced with fees for restocking and shipping at you expense. Not all lenses are equal and seems like this is a new thing with Canon, As I have not returned or had a bad lens in the past ten years. Now three. So BEWARE JUST CAUSE IT HAS A L ON IT IT DOES NOT MAKE IT GOOD MINE WERE REAL DOGS.
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I bought this lens second hand, 2 years old but in excellent condition. I found the focusing to work correctly the majority if the time. I mean majority of the time when you go in and pixel peep at 100%. Large aperture f1.4 lenses will not have 100% accuracy in real life shooting. Not sure if all reviewers take this into account but this is a technical challenge I have found with large aperture lenses, even my 85mm f1.8 which is one of the fastest and most reliable lenses I have used on full frame. Just needed to make this point clear. I find color rendition and contrast to be fantastic. Sharpness across the frame is so good that I do not need lens optimisation in post processing. This lens does not need it, when my 24-105mm f4L often does. Bokeh is also very nice, for a non-dedicated portrait lens. I think this lens is worth the money, despite the high price tag.
I understand that it is impossible to eleminate distortions with such a fast lens but I was dissappointed when I looked at the details of my exposure. Use a lens hood this guy is notorious for flaring. Other than that it's fast and sharp I used it heavily for landscapes in the desert.
This lens has served me well in small spaces for 3/4 and full-body portraits. It has allowed also for effective use of shalllow depth of field as a compositional element. Whether with natural light or strobes, this lens has not presented any sort of limitation in terms of framing or of photographic composition generally. With wide-angle lenses, certain distortion is not unexpected--particularly at closer distances to one's subject--but it is also not an issue if, for example, one shoots RAW and makes appropriate corrections in post-processing. As shooting with this lens may not be necessarily a "point and shoot" undertaking, skill sets may have bearing on individual results. I find the 24mm f/1.4 II USM to be a tremendous lens, and I cannot imagine not having it in my kit.
Night photography. F1.4 just what I needed for a lower ISO. Very little coma.
I purchased this lens specifically for photography large products in my studio, mainly oriental rugs. This lens was to replace my Canon 16-35mm L series. The definition right to edges and the corners is outstanding and within a few minutes told me that I had made the right decision. As usual, you can always rely on Canon L series
it is the best purchase i ever made it wrks relley well for angles and fast i love it!
I like this lens very much. I will be using it for group shots and for landscapes. Focus is good, and low light capabilities are great. Lens is heavier than I would have thought but still within reason.
I wasn't sure about purchasing this lens at first due to the steep price tag but am really glad now that I did. This lens can be described in one word, Quality. Exceptional quality throughout the optics, build, design and AF to be more specific. The color of this lens is the best I've seen in any lens. The contrast and clarity is super deep and nicely defined. The sharpness is very well kept fully open and, when stopped to 4, is perfect. The light fall-off is pretty hard fully open but obviously your camera/PS can correct that pretty well and mostly goes away when stopped down a decent amount. The distortion is very minimal and easily corrected also. The build quality I absolutely love, very solid metal body, weather sealing and just good all-round feel. I dropped it onto a very hard floor from about 2.5 feet and it still works fine (obviously an accident). I wish the lens hood was metal though, but what are you gonna do. If you want a lens in this length and are debating the price, just go for it, you'll be happy.
I purchased this lens for two major purposes: food photography and general low light use (aquariums, restaurants, caves, indoors). The very close 3 inch minimum focus distance combined with the effective 38mm on a 1.6 crop factor body make this lens great for close up subjects in low light situations. Food pictures have great detail and the entire subject can be captured easily. I pair this with my 60mm macro lense. Aquarium pictures come out nicely and the 24L's f1.4 is a significant advantage over any f2.8 lens. The 3" minimum focus distance is a must for most aquarium subjects. I've also captured great images strolling around town and in gardens. No complaints on image quality or focus issues. Construction is obviously solid. Cons: The bokeh isn't as good as you will get with a longer focal length. You'll often have the urge to get closer to your subjects if you use this as a general purpose lens. Objects get smaller looking through this lens. It takes some getting used to until you realize how to use this focal length. After using the 24L I know I made the right choice for my uses.
I bought the lens for its build quality. I hope to use this lens as a "stuck on" for my 1D X. It is actually one of the very few Canon lenses that are small and weather-sealed (14L, 24L, and 50L). I like the 24mm focal length because it is wide enough to cover generally what you see. However, subjects don't get strong perspective distortion off center. Auto-focus is not very reliable when set to f1.4 and it's about the same on the two cameras that I have (1D and 5D). Since auto-focus varies a little from shot to shot at f1.4, you may consider using continuous burst mode to make sure getting at least one that is in focus. Contrary to some people's belief, the out barrel of this lens is mostly plastic. Only the filter thread is metal, which I think is good, because filters don't get stuck on the lens and can be removed easily by hand.
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