Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM
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Least favorite of my L lenses.
M. Hsu, Amazon
3 July 2013
Summary: There are certain times you will need a wide and fast lens; for example shooting in a tour bus at night. That being said, I only bring this lens out for those times. It's wide enough to be noticeably distorted but not wide enough for the distortion to be usefully dramatic. I much prefer my canon 35mm f1.4L on a full frame camera. If you own the 16-35mm f2.8 zoom you probably don't need this lens.
Summary: All the L lenses that I have tested are awesome, except this one. The lens has severe front focus (about 1.5-2.5 inches depending on the copy) at around f1.8. Some people call it soft focus but it is really a front focus issue if you know how to test for it. I bought and returned four of these trying to get a good one, only to find that it is a design flaw.
Summary: Currently my favourite prime to use. On my full frame this is such a versatile lens and I love the look it gives. It's not overly wide that it starts to distort like ultra wides, but it's wide enough to cover a good landscape shot, or to do fantastic environmental portait shots. I would defer to genotypewriter for his expertise on this lens. He has had a lot of experience with this lens. I really enjoy using this lens for late night astro photography based landscapes.
Pros: Very sharp lens, gorgeous build, amazing low light performance.
Cons: Nothing major, but the lens hood is a touch too loose.
Summary: This lens is my personal favorite. For general photography, I'll walk out with this lens mounted and a 100mm in the bag for occasional long shots. I find little use for my zoom (17-40mm) when I've got the two lenses. The 24mm is very heavy, but the small dimensions make for good maneuverability. The main point of this review, is that this lens can shoot f1.4 at 24mm, which is a unique class. At f1.4: Center sharpness is good, soft at the edges.
Summary: I had researched Canon lenses. Have a 50 mm f 1.18 and love it, but needed more wide angle. Bought a 28mm f2.8 and it was ok. Lots of Glamor Shots type of pictures, not very sharp and it struggled in low light. I was leaning toard the 24-70 L zoom, but wanted the most crisp, sharp, low-light wide angle I could find, so I took a chance on 24 mm L 1.4. I thought I'd made a mistake at first,lots of muddy photos, but an occassional good one made me keep trying.
Mark Gardner Inc. "Mark Gardner Photography", Amazon
21 September 2008
Summary: The 24mm f1.4 is a must have lens for your camera bag. Whether you are a landscape, commercial, or wedding photographer you'll find your self going back to "old faithful" more and more. It is extremely well built and performs excellent in low light, and is extremely fast focusing.