Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Shots

Ok, finally here're some sample shots taken with the EOS 1D (converted RAWs). Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the full-size images are supplied in JPEG2000 format. You should be able to display the images in most modern imaging applications such as Photoshop. This is a measurement to limit the bandwidth which is a scarce resource.

If you prefer to watch the full-size samples in your Internet Explorer browser you may try the JPEG2000 ActiveX Control (Windows) plug-in. I've checked out a few plug-ins for Mozilla/Opera but haven't really found a good one. Firefox will open IE if you install the ActiveX Control above.

The Canon EOS 1D shots kindly provided by Markus Stamm!

Make Canon
Model EOS 1D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 24mm
Exposure Data: f/1.4 @ 1/80s
Size 1615x2465
Make Canon
Model EOS 1D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/25s
Size 2492x1657
Make Canon
Model EOS 350D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/640s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Model EOS 350D
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 1/500s
Size 2312x3472

Verdict

The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L left some mixed feelings during the tests. The peak performance is about the best that I've seen at this focal length but it is reached late (f/8). The center quality is surely very impressive throughout the tested aperture range but this isn't quite as true for the borders which are soft at f/1.4 and the quality only increases slowly towards medium aperture settings. The distortion and CA figures are acceptable for such a lens but vignetting is way too pronounced on an APS-C DSLR even though the problem is only visible at f/1.4. The build quality is typical for a Canon L grade lens - simply superb.

If you're looking for a high performance lens the EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L may be an option but if you don´t need an ultra-large aperture it seems pointless to invest a magnitude more here.

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