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8.2 out of 10

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

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Overall 6

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.
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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM review by fsnfs

fsnfs, slrgear.com
22 June 2012
  • Summary: Good Lens, Very sharp It maks canon become nikon feeling
  • Pros: IQ
  • Cons: $$
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Overall 2

lens has a flaw

Scott Allen, Amazon
25 December 2011
  • 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.
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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM review by kinematic

kinematic, slrgear.com
7 January 2011
  • 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.
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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM review by genotypewriter

genotypewriter, slrgear.com
14 June 2010
  • Summary: Here is my very detailed review of the 24L II vs. Nikon 24mm f/1.4G (both on a 5D MkII): http://www.flickr.com/photos/genotypewriter/4698284415/
  • Pros: very sharp and extremely handholdable
  • Cons: nothing specific to this lens
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Overall 10

The best 24mm prime lens in its category

unk1911, epinions.com
28 May 2009
  • Summary: if you have the money to afford it (around $1400), there is no reason not to have this lens in your arsenal.
  • Pros: fast, sharp, reliable, professional
  • Cons: on the pricey side
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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM review by Cindy

Cindy, slrgear.com
10 April 2009
  • Summary: Sharp from 1.6 (can beat 16-35 at 2.8), no Vignetting from 2.8, No any flare. The weight is just same as 24-105.
  • Pros: Great upgrade!
  • Cons: Difficult to find on the market currently
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Overall 10

Dreamy Lens

D. Liang, Amazon
15 January 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 10

Take care for super shots!

Cactus Man, Amazon
22 October 2008
  • 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.
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Overall 10

A+ from Mark Gardner Photography

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.
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