Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
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great fast sharp lens.
9 January 2014
Summary: sharp lens. very bright. used for an indoor concert with lights off. I was able to able to shoot at 1/20th of a second or faster. of course, this is for the wider shots, which was what I was looking for with this lens. Prior to purchasing, I read a lot of reviews comparing this to the 16-35mm f2.8 II, and was hesitant at first, but eventually went with the purchase. at f1.4 it has more vignetting that other lenses at f2.8.
Summary: I bought this lens specifically for astro photography. The speed of this lens allows me to use short exposures to minimize star movement. As a practice, I stop down one stop to reduce coma and chromatic aberrations. These are common traits with all wide angle lenses, but are almost nonexistent with this lens. In addition to being a top performer in low-light situations, it is also excellent for landscapes and environmental portraits.
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