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Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM

8 October 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

9. Ghosting and flares

First a puzzle: is there a lens on the market which can generate intense flares, able to overexpose the frame in some areas, while you are just taking a photo of your own feet? If you want to be mean you can say: yes, now it is. Canon, yes you can!

Still if you want to defend the tested lens there are several arguments available. The complex optical construction, a big number of air-to-glass surfaces connected to that, and a bulbous front element which cannot be sheltered in any way because the angle of view is wide indeed – these are obstacles none of the producers has had to deal with so far. Of course you can criticize the performance of the Canon in this category but let’s wait until another optics company tackles similar problem. With the lack of a proper comparison scale it’s really difficult to say whether the Canon optics specialists dropped the ball. Maybe they just didn’t have other choice and they had to tolerate the weak performance against bright light as a kind of necessary evil.

By the way the Canon 11-24 mm broke a kind of interesting record here. The number of shots I had to take with the lens attached to both bodies in order to show all possible combinations of ghosting and flares (below you can admire just a few chosen photos) was so high that my ‘Flares’ catalogue concerning this lens occupies as much as 3.5 GB of storage space on my disk.


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Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares

Canon EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM - Ghosting and flares