If a lens belongs to the Luxury series and we have to pay around 1700 $ for it is difficult to accept the fact that it might have some serious slip-ups. Unfortunately the EF 24 mm f/1.4L USM II didn’t manage to avoid them.
Canon 24mm f1.4L II USM EF Lens
The ultimate in fast aperture wide-angle lenses. UD and aspherical elements eliminate distortion and aberrations for stunning results. A f/1.4 maximum aperture allows hand-held shooting in low light
- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
- Two Aspherical and Two UD Elements
- Sub Wavelength Coating
- Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
- Floating Internal Focusing Mechanism
- Weather-Sealed Construction
- Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm
Fast aperture prime lens
The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM has a large maximum aperture of f/1.4, making hand-held shooting possible in low light. Such large apertures can be used to restrict depth of field, even at such short focal lengths. Circular diaphragm blades result in smooth out-of-focus regions (bokeh).
Aspherical and UD elements
For optimum visual performance, the lens incorporates two types of special elements: aspherical elements to correct spherical aberrations, and Super UD (ultra-low dispersion) elements to eliminate secondary chromatic aberrations. The result is crisp, high contrast and undistorted image quality all the way across the frame.
Subwavelength structure lens coating
Canon’s patented lens element coating minimises the ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections within a lens and helps the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM to deliver crisp, clear images.
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.
Environmentally friendly, lead-free glass is used throughout the construction of the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM.
A professional-standard 24mm prime lens with the latest lens technologies.Replacing Canon’s popular EF 24mm f/1.4L USM, which has been on the market since 1997, the new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM prime lens has been completely redesigned to match the company’s latest DSLR camera bodies.
The recommendation for Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM should mirror that of its predecessor - if you liked the resolving capabilities of the previous generation lens, you would certainly like the performance capabilities of the revised one.
The second incarnation of Canon's premium fast aperture wide angle lens costs around £1315 and sports a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, fast ultrasonic focusing and professional-grade weather sealed construction.
The Canon 24mm ƒ/1.4L II USM is an excellent lens, with only two reservations, both relating to the lens' usage on full-frame bodies. The first is some corner softness when used at wide apertures; the second is substantial corner shading, upwards of two stops when used wide open.
The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens is, without question, Canon's best-performing (optically and physically) and best-built 24mm autofocus lens. It is also Canon's widest angle lens with an aperture wider than f/2.8 - a full 2 stops wider than all wider angle Canon lenses.
Although it's not cheap, the high price tag is more than justified by the excellent optical performance, build quality and handling. Images produced by this lens have good contrast and are packed with detail.
I've switched out my zooms for primes and I have to say I'm delighted with the results. I purchased the EF 24mm 1.4 L ll, and I've been blown away by the sharpness and contrast of this beautiful lens.
This lens really works incredibly well in low light, being a wider prime at 24mm, capturing all the scene in landscapes and lifestyle is a breeze, especially when shooting in low light. It is more of a niche focal length, but you know exactly when to use it & its the time it counts.
You have to like things wide to want this lens (I can easily shoot wider). Great for doco style, low light, action etc. Great bokeh from a wide angle. A good upgrade from the f/2.8 version. Only drawback is the extra weight and size.
"Super sharp even at F 1.4, the wide open image quality would be able to compete with canon 24-70 IS at f4. It gets crazy sharp at F2.8. Bokeh is beautiful and creamy at F1.4, would recommend a ND filter to fully use this wide aperture - 77mm applies to 24-70mm and 16-35mm f4 lens also.
"After being disappointed in the performance of the kit lenses bundled with my Canon 40D I decided to buy this lens (Canon EF 24mm F1.4L II USM). What a difference. This lens is very well suited for low-light interior photography as it's fast and has a nice and wide FOV.
Exactly what I thought it would be. I primarily use this and my 50mm lens when I go out to do shoots
This has tons of bokeh if you want it and with the mk IV auto focus sensitivity turned up it works wonderfully. Also, in a completely different application, it's amazing for model photography specifically full-body. Again, amazing bokeh and really clear images.
Amazing piece of glass, sharp and light. I have canon 24-70mm and it’s defiantly a great replacement.
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