Reviews and Problems with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
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Value for money 8
Picture quality 9
Build quality 9
28 December 2009
Conclusion: The Canon TS-E 24mm F3.5 L II is a lens which, given its price, has high expectations to meet. The good news is that, in almost all respects, it succeeds - the build quality is exemplary (certainly on a par with the EOS-1 series bodies it's likely to be paired with), and the new, more flexible system of movements works very well indeed.
Pros: Excellent central sharpness even at F3.5, Minimal chromatic aberration, Almost no visible distortion, Extensive and highly flexible perspective control movements, Exceptional build quality
Cons: Soft corners when shifted (need to stop down to F11 - F16 to achieve best sharpness), Expensive
Excerpt: <Buyer's Remorse Protection> Owners of the not-much-older Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens can rest assured that their 24mm lens is a match physically and comes very close optically at equal apertures. The EF 24 L II has a much wider aperture available - and it has AF (autofocus).
Conclusion: We raved already about the qualities of the extraordinary Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L and the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II is basically on the same high level. When using the lens based on conventional settings it behaves pretty much like an excellent, albeit a little slow, 24mm prime lens. The center performance is outstanding here followed by very good borders/corners and that's straight from f/3.5 till f/11. The level of barrel distortions is minimal.