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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Wide Angle Lens - Fixed
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- Lens not zoomable
- Minimum focus Distance is 0.8ft
- Focal Length -24 mm
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-83K|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Included Components||Front & Rear Lens Caps, EW-83D II Lens Hood,|
|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 3.7 x 3.43 inches|
|Item Display Weight||20 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.43 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.25 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||13|
|Number of Groups||10|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||84 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.15 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Manual, Automatic||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 3.43 x 3.7 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in||3.5 x 4.41 x 3.5 in||3.15 x 3.7 x 3.15 in||3.39 x 2.6 x 3.39 in|
|Item Weight||1.43 lbs||5.61 ounces||—||1.4 lbs||1.42 lbs||1.28 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Wide-angle lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||35 millimeters||14 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||16 millimeters||14 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||82 millimeters||—||72 millimeters|
The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens is a venerable wide-angle prime lens that provides sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. Its large maximum aperture of f/1.4 allows for superb low-light photographs, and its circular aperture and narrow depth of field provide pleasing background blur. It is the ideal tool for photojournalists, landscape and event photographers, and anyone who enjoys taking images from a wider perspective. This version "II" improves greatly over its predecessor with the addition of two high-precision aspheric lenses, which correct aberration including curvature of field and distortion. Chromatic aberration common in wide-angle shooting is also reduced by the inclusion of two UD lenses, which ensure optimum image quality and corner-to-corner detail. The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM features Canon's near-silent Ultra Sonic Motor (USM), which provides super-fast auto-focusing with full-time manual override. The floating internal focus system also helps maintain high image quality throughout the focal range. FEATURES: SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) - The anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) differs from conventional coatings by using a much finer structure, which minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle with which light enters or exits. Ring-Type USM Motor - Canon's very best autofocusing mechanisms are in place, permitting full-time manual focusing override without requiring a switchover from AF to MF mode. L-Series - Canon's "L-Series" designation indicates that this lens meets their highest quality standards with excellent color reproduction and edge to edge sharpness
From the Manufacturer
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM II Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras Canon's newest fixed length L-series lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, incorporates the newest in Canon lens technology for spectacular sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. It features two high-precision, large-diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness across the sensor, even in peripheral areas of full-frame sensors.For any further queries please contact Canon’s Customer Support Number @ 800-652-2666
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I have had the 16-35mm ii and 24-105mm as well, all well-regarded lenses. I thought it would be fun to compare them. It should be no surprise that this lens exceeds both of them in all respects, image quality, color saturation, distortion, sharpness, chromatic aberration, etc. This is as it should be, given the 24mm being a prime.
If landscaping is your thing or you commonly shoot between f/5.6 and f/22, the 16-35mm @ 24mm (actually, the sweet spot on that lens) fared fairly well, but still short, with regard to picture quality versus this lens - these lenses cost about the same. The added versatility of the zoom also might sway some people to that lens as well. From f/1.4 through f/5.6 apertures, this 24mm prime wins hands-down however - chromatic aberration, contrast, color saturation and (outstanding wow!) sharpness were clearly superior. The 24-105mm is a good general purpose lens, but did not keep up at any respective focal length or aperture setting - possibly that's why they introduced the new 24-70 IS recently.
Bokeh, while not as creamy/dreamy as the 50L or certainly the 85L or 135L, is not unpleasant. Weight & size are very reasonable - it feels solid as opposed to heavy. Construction is robust as you'd expect from Canon's L-series and has full weather-proofing when you add a filter (I've had this lens out in a rain/sleet/snow storm with no problems). It has a close minimum focus distance which is a pleasant surprise and useful, with its 24mm focal length can also cause some interesting perspective shots.
A few other things are worth mentioning: You may need to perform a micro-adjustment to your autofocus. There is some vignetting and corner softness at wide apertures, both clear up quickly by f/2.0 - for some this might be a desirable trait and for others not so much.
If you're looking for the best 24mm lens for apertures at f/4 or wider, this is the ticket - albeit a pricey one. I like this lens a lot, fun for just walking around with in both good and limited light.
Good Luck & Happy Shooting!
January 2013 Update - More in love with this lens than the day I bought it. I sold the 16-35mm f/2.8 II, while not a slouch by any means, but this lens is so much better in every regard. The former has severe barrel-distortion from 16-20mm which was quite noticeable on full frame.
October 2013 Update - I've had a chance to use the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II a lot recently and wanted to give one more comparison. The resolution and sharpness on the two different lenses is pretty close at similar apertures - meaning, both lenses are wicked, wicked sharp. With the TS, you gain some optical quality however - while the EF (this lens) has excellent distortion and aberration control, the TS is nearly distortion and aberration free, a truly remarkable achievement. The most obvious benefit of the TS is perspective control via its tilt and shift features. The TS has an even closer focus distance than the EF, giving it a healthy magnification. With the TS, you give up autofocus, weather sealing, and a wide aperture. My only suggestion for improvement is the same for both lenses, add an additional blade on the aperture so as to cause more interesting starbursts. These are two different tools and the performance of each is extraordinary.
I got a good copy on first purchase and calibrated the lens and my copy was perfect in my tests. Sweet spot is f4.5 but that sweet-spot is wide. The lens goes down to f1.4 which allows me to take photos at night often without a tripod. It also goes up to f22.
It is a huge piece of 3" wide "glass" that would be perfect for making movies (movie quality video). Just holding it in your hand speaks "high quality." Chromatic aberration is negligible and best of all this lens (Version II) uses reverse engineered moth's eyes (biomimetics) to reduce flare from lights that the version I reportedly had.
The lens takes a 77mm filter and I would recommend getting a UV filter to use as a lens protector. The filter must be a low profile one or you may admit vignette into your images and haven't tried to stack two such low profile filters. I did find a UK site where they got all the UV filters they could get their hands on and tested them on a Hitachi Spectrometer and I was shocked to fine that many UV filters (even very reputable names!) were no better than window glass (which filters all but about 2% of UV anyway). I settled on the Hoya 77mm HMC UV Digital Multi-Coated Slim Frame Glass Filter based on their test results even though it stops down the image by a bit more than another brand that is much more costly (there -- I let cost drive me because the f-stop savings was not worth the excess money) and I can always remove the filter to optimize f-stop if I ever need it (I use it to protect the very expensive eye-ball outer lens). The Hoya (both the digital version and the regular version) works well and cuts UV haze in bright sky photos and such better than other big name brands costing 5X. If you are pro it pays to do a little science to get the edge over your competition -- right? Going with brands that have great reputations is the lazy way to go -- many of these companies are not sitting on their laurels and raking in your $$$ and selling junk! Note: Hitachi Spectrometer testing results are very specific to a particular model of filter by the brand -- you can never assume all of a manufacture's filters are the best because one was (i.e., you can't assume Hoya makes the best Polarizing filter because they make one of the best UV filters).
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Hoya 77mm HMC UV Digital Multi-Coated Slim Frame Glass Filter
I first used this with my EOS 7D and it really shines on that crop frame body. So sharp, so clean, so true.
Sometimes in sunny outdoor shots on my EOS 5D MkIII I get some chromatic aberration. It's easily corrected in post, but it's still annoying. It's technically even sharper on the MkIII, in the center. Detail is very high and clean there.
Low-light ability is great, and it's got good sharpness all around.
It is a good lens. Much better than a lot of other 24mm lenses. I wouldn't give it up
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