Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
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Wish it was a good night lens
Amazon Customer "fyngyrz", Amazon
24 July 2013
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...
Conclusion: For this price, I would expect a much better lens. Sharpness is very poor at the frame corners, unless you stop down to at least f/2,8. Vignetting is as visible as in much cheaper and older lenses. Built quality is excellent and distortion is very well controlled, but that's not enough to justify this price. At present, the 24/2,8 IS is probably a better purchase for most people.
Excerpt: I use this lens to shoot northern lights. The colour is awesome and with the 1.4 f/s I can use a faster shutter speed. I find that the pictures are always slighly out of focus and soft. The stars are fuzzy and anytime I have something in the foreground it is never sharp. I now mostly use it indoors and still the pictures are never sharp.
Very sharp lens.. if you know how to focus it right
Kevin Q. Yang, Amazon
3 January 2012
Summary: I got this lens for a week and shot couple hundred pictures. It is true that using auto-focusing, sometimes the focus is not as precise as I do it with a maginfied live-view. Once it is focused, however, the color and bokeh is beautiful. I found that autofocusing was even harder to focus in low light condition when the subject is more than 5 feet away. I thought maybe I needed to do some micro adjustment. But it was not the case.
Excerpt: It's really hard to say how I'd rate this lens, as the copy that I got wouldn't focus correctly beyond about 9 inches - it'd always frontfocus beyond that. As a lens that I could use fine during manual focus (@f/1.4), though, it served its purpose, and pretty well, as a fast, wide weather-sealed prime.
Summary: Well I really wanted to love this lens. I can not get it to focus consistently with the focus sensor on my T2i. It does however focus perfectly with live View but I do not use this mode. I have read many reviews about this lens and either it is perfect with some moderate sharpness loss at wide open. The problem is the 20% of the people like me who have this focus problem. Just go to the Canon web site and read for yourself.
Excerpt: Tested the lens very thoroughly with my 5DMarkII. The AF was way off. So it got returned. Seemed like a nice lens otherwise. Thinking to go Zeiss though, for wide angle. I love my longer focal length Canon lenses (100mm macro, 135f2).