Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
The Digital Picture
22 September 2008
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. This lens looks great, feels great and functions superbly.
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.
Pros: Excellent optical performance, Build quality, Fast focusing, Bright maximum aperture, Resistance to flare and loss of contrast
Cons: May be a little pricey for some, Quality towards the edges at maximum aperture could be better (although this is a minor concern for a wide aperture lens like this).
Excerpt: By any standards, this Canon EF 24mm f1.4 is a pretty specialised lens. It’s a fixed focal length optic in a camera world now dominated by zooms, and compared to the average zoom it’s also fantastically expensive. But it does have that f1.4 maximum aperture, and this gives it a two-stop aperture advantage over even a fast, professional zoom lens. There are two benefits to this.