Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
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Great lens as its price says. The only issue to consider is whether you can afford it and use it well.
2 November 2013
Summary: This lens allows you shoot architecture, landscape and portrait, but has large restrictions if you want to do other categories of photography like street snapshots. The angle of the lens is so wide that you might not see 100% of the scene through the viewfinder. Instead I would recommend sigma 35mm f/1.4, which has lower price than 35L but has better performance. Also, 35mm is more commonly used than 24mm. 24-70 will be another good option.
Summary: I usually just carry either this lens or my 50 f/1.2L only. If I think I need 50mm I just bring that and work with it. If I think I need wide then only this lens. I'm a prime lover. The imagines from this lens are wonderful.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, low distortion
Summary: Pro wedding photog, here. I ordered one of these babies, worried about the reviews saying that it had a soft focus. After receiving the lens, I tested it extensively and found some serious front focusing and back focusing issues. I attempted to calibrate the lens with my camera, but quite honestly, the front and back focusing issues were inconsistent, which i know makes no sense, hence I became very frustrated!
Summary: This is a wide, fast lens, and in daylight shooting, it excels. However, at night, with stars and dealing with the broad range of brightnesses found in the night sky, it pretty much falls flat on its face. Wide open, where it gathers the most light and offers the most creative dark-regime options, chromatic aberration puts purple rings around bright lights (like bright stars) and anywhere away from the center of the lens, the coma is not just present, but extreme: You'd...
Summary: There is definitely some distortion with a lens this wide, but it's not terrible unless you're close to your subject. I shoot weddings, and at 24mm, I try to use this for (obviously) the wide angle shots, the bouquet toss, a few reception shots, and some outdoor shots. The 35 and 50 are for 90% of my other shots, and the 70-200 gets the close ups. I never use my 85 at a wedding. So, the 24 is razor sharp, even wide open.
Summary: While this lens is expensive, it simply offers an optical performance with no compromises. There are no other lenses offering the complete package this lens offers, which is the unique perspective of a wide fast prime with excellent AF, sharpness and colours. I use it on an APSC, hence, I cannot comment on edge to edge performance on FF. Let us first review some of the competition, and what they do and don't offer.