Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM – The Best Wide Angle Lens

Format: 35 mm SLR.
Type: Fixed focal length (fixed).
Focus: Auto-focus.
Compatibility: Canon EF, EF-S.
Optical Design: 13 elements in 10 groups.
Features: Ultrasonic motor.

Specification of Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM:

Viewing Angle: (D/H/V) 84°, 74°, 53°.Maximum Increase: 0.17
Diameter: 83.5 mmPrice: $1549 to $1749.

The Canon EF 24 mm f/1.4L is an update of the ‘L-Series Wide Angle Lens’ with lens design optimized for use with digital camera sensors. It differs from the previous version, through which the drop in resolution at the corners of the frame is significantly reduced; a new coating of one of the lenses Sub-Wave Coating (SWC), which minimizes re-reflections and flares. Because of this it has slightly more weight and length; also an updated annular ultrasonic motor.

The lens design includes two aspherical lenses and two ultra-low dispersion lenses, which have a positive effect on color, contrast and minimization of aberrations.

Featuring a wide angle and 1.4 aperture, this lens makes it easy to capture high-quality pictures in low light conditions without the need for a tripod or flash. Diaphragm with 8 blades, rounded.

Built-in updated ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM) makes focusing fast and quiet. Focusing is internal. Switching to manual focusing is possible at any time by simply turning the focusing ring. The front of the barrel of the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L does not rotate when focusing, which makes it easy to use special attachments, as well as gradient and polarizing filters.

Additional Information:

FocalMax Dia.Min Dia.ApertureMDF (m)Filter (mm)Weight (gm)Length (mm)
24 mmf/1.4f/2280.257765086.9

The lens is even better resistant to back-light and side light than the previous version. The loss of resolution at the edges of the frame was practically neutralized. There is vignetting quite noticeable at aperture 1.4 and already barely noticeable at 2. At aperture 1.4 it is quite sharp. From aperture 2 – very sharp.

Canon EF 24 mm f/1.4 L USM II is very suitable for landscape, architecture, interior and genre photography. Great for filming with modern DSLRs.

The 24 mm f/1.4 L II is a professional, high-quality and expensive lens from Canon for a narrow range of photographers.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

The lens is compatible with all Canon digital cameras. On the full frame, you get an angle of view of 84°, and on the crop it is 61°. Personally, my opinion is that it makes no sense to use this lens on a cropped camera, if on a full frame, the lens plays the role of an excellent reportage width, with which you can conveniently take pictures in crowded rooms and at various exhibitions where there are a lot of people.

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Photo By: Canon EF 24 mm f/1.4 L II USM

then on the crop the corner is neither there nor here, for a portrait it seems like it is wide, but for a reportage and a landscape it is narrow:

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Photo By: Canon EF 24 mm f/1.4 L II USM

It’s up to you, of course, but there’s nothing to help St. Paul’s Cathedral, you’ll have to go again, take pictures at a wide angle.

The 24 mm f/1.4 L II is perfect if you often photograph performances in poor lighting , such as concerts somewhere in London on a poorly lit stage. Everything is moving and changing there, so f/1.4 is just the thing:

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Photo By: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

Or the vicious piranhas rushing at you in the waters of the Amazon:

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Photo By: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

Personally, I’m not a big fan of buying extremely expensive lenses (I like it more when they give them to me, but 5D and 1D owners should appreciate the capabilities of the 24 mm II. An open aperture (f/1.4) combined with a full-frame camera does wonders. You do not need good light at all, a weak light bulb is enough for illumination and blue haze, an already extinct sunset, while you can take pictures handheld and with a short shutter speed so as not to blur:

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Photo By: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

At the focal length, the f/1.4 aperture has a relatively good depth of field , in contrast to the same Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 G, at an open aperture of which, the depth of field is so small that it is almost impossible to get into the object we need, and it is useless to take pictures. to. often all important objects are out of focus. At full aperture (f/1.4), the image is very soft.

The lens is super-fast, I would even say one of the sharpest in Canon. This is especially felt at aperture from f/2.8:

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Photo By: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

It is also important to note the fact that the lens does not need optical correction, i.e. there is practically no distortion , which makes this lens attractive for professional indoor and outdoor photography. And also, no matter how hard I tried to catch chromatic aberrations , I failed (unlike canon 18-200IS , where aberrations are visible to the naked eye).

The lens focuses very quickly, there are absolutely no problems with autofocus speed , but not always accurately.

Like most L lenses, the 24 mm f/1.4 L II requires a 77 mm filter, so I advise you to stock up on protective , polarizing and gradient filters.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

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The previous version of the same lens is inferior in quality and construction, so I advise you to take the new one (version II).

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Conclusions and Recommendations

Undoubtedly, this is a high-quality and very good fix from canon. The main task is sequential shooting in poor lighting or hand-held shooting of objects moving near. To shoot static objects, just put the camera on a tripod or take pictures from a stop, you should not spend money on a 24 f/1.4 L II.

The lens is ideal for professional interior photography due to the absence of optical distortion.

If you are a fan of everything that is most expensive, then this lens will appeal to you only because of its cosmic cost, personally, I would not spend that much money for such a narrow area of ​​use, which is very specific with this lens, but people are different and everyone has different needs, everyone knows who he is and what he wants.

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