Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
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REVIEW: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
3 August 2009
Excerpt: The second incarnation of Canon's premium fast aperture wide angle lens costs around £1315 and sports a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, fast ultrasonic focusing and professional-grade weather sealed construction.
Summary: The recommendation for Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM should mirror that of its predecessor - if you liked the resolving capabilities of the previous generation lens, you would certainly like the performance capabilities of the revised one.
Excerpt: Canon's third version of its 24mm f/1.4 full-framer (the first was the 1979 FD), this $1,700 (street) prime remains the fastest wide-angle lens for both film and digital SLRs, scaling up to the equivalent of 38.4mm on the Canon EOS 50D.
Conclusion: The new Canon EF 24/1.4L USM II is expected to be available in December 2008 at a price of around $1699 Canon Press Release on the Canon EF 24/1.4L USM II The new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens is the successor to Canon's EF 24mm f/1.4L USM professional wide-angle lens released in 1997.
Excerpt: The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens is, without question, Canon's best-performing (optically and physically) and best-built 24mm autofocus lens. It is also Canon's widest angle lens with an aperture wider than f/2.8 - a full 2 stops wider than all wider angle Canon lenses.
Excerpt: I had been thinking about getting a 24mm lens for a while, and kept wondering if the non-L lens would be adequate, or if I should get the 17-35 2.8L zoom. Eventually Canon came out with the 24/1.4L, and answered the question for me.
Excerpt: Originally posted 2010-04-29 on Optyczne.pl In 1997 Canon launched an EF 24 mm f/1.4L USM lens on the market. With such parameters, that device was a real treat for many professional photographers.
Summary: The Canon 24 mm f/1.4L II has already been around for a few years, but it is still among Canon's best and fastest wide-angle lenses. If you don't need the brightness, then the Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 MK2 offers higher and more even sharpness.
Pros: Solid build quality, extra-well sealed against dust and splashwater, High brightness, High sharpness above f/2.8, Little distortion
Cons: Not cheap, Inconsistent bokeh, Lower sharpness and lots of vignetting below f/2.8, Visible longitudinal chromatic aberration