Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/6400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/6400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/8000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II gave us some mixed feelings during the tests. If you use it at its sweet settings - that's between f/4 and f/8 - the lens will be about as good as it gets for a lens in this class. It's extremely sharp here and there's no significant vignetting to speak of. Lateral CAs are also no serious problem and the distortions are well controlled. The question may be whether this is "good enough" though. At max. aperture (f/1.4) the technical image quality isn't all that great - an extreme vignetting and soft corners are obvious flaws here. This is usually forgivable for a tele lens where the center quality is paramount but it may be more of a question mark for an ultra-wide lens if you desire more than just shallow depth-of-field here. The quality of the bokeh could also be better although we haven't really seen a really good performance from a (moderate-) ultra-wide lens here so far anyway. Please note that we don't question the immense creative potential of such an ultra-large aperture lens - if you require the capabilities of an f/1.4 lens there's no substitution of course.

The build quality of the EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II is simply superb and the new weather sealing is reassuring when shooting in very harsh conditions. The AF is very fast and near silent. All-in-all it's a very good lens if you're aware of its potential and limitations.

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