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Canon EF 24 mm f/1.4L II USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 24 mm f/1.4L II USM
Lens style Wide angle
Focal length 24 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 84 o
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 5.9
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 13 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 86.9 x 93.5 mm
Weight 650 g
Additional information 2 high refraction glass elements, 2 UD Lens Elements, weather sealed
Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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4.89 Good
Owners reviews (3)
  1. Egor
    Egor 18 February 2012, 19:45
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    IP 109.205.x.x
    Owner since:
    Price: 1700 USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Not so sharp till f2.8 Not so fast in bad light conditions, multiple focusing errors take place

    Pros: Fast, amazingly fast in good light conditions, it feels like it at least twice as fast as my Canon 70-200/2.8L Picture quality outstanding Dust & moisture protection

    Summary: Very good. PS Using with 5DMkII

  2. Daniel
    Daniel 8 February 2012, 03:50
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    IP 24.8.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1500USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: price ($$$), as with any prime zoom is in my legs, so sometimes when I can't reach my subject I end up cropping the image afterwards, on a crop body APS-C this is a 38mm so I don't get that wide angle effect like on a FF, but I don't mind that (some people might, so I included this), weight... its not that bad, but if you are carrying this all day you do notice it, the front element is quite big and it does attract some attention (I don't particularly like that, so I include this in the cons), ahhhh one more thing... when you use the provided hood, forget about using on board flash (40D and 7D) hood throws a shadow on the scene (remove the hood and flash is useful again)

    Pros: f1.4... amazing... really, I'm addicted :) VERY SHARP edge to edge on my 40D and now my 7D, no problems with chromatic aberrations in the corners, full weather sealing (I installed a front filter as soon as I got the lens), lens hood is included with this one, silent and smooth focus, accurate on both 40D and 7D, sometimes a bit too slow in dim lighting conditions (but no complaints on my part, to be expected), the lens has that 'pro' feel to it, AF/MF button works smoothly, and the MF ring is build to last, I feel that the lens is build better than my 40D and 7D so I am more worried about breaking the body then the lens :)

    Summary: this is a pricy lens, no way to get around that, but you DO get what you pay for here, just make sure this is what you really want because there are other very good options out there that might suit you just fine (16-35 f2.8L II is in the same price range and if you don't really need that f1.4 go for that... on 2nd thought I might have as well, but what's done is done, I'll stick with this lens now that I'm getting used to it). I use this mainly for landscape photography and I am very pleased with the results. See what you think: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75328858@N04/6831043481/in/photostream but this would make an excellent video lens as well, the 38mm coverage on the APS-C body seems just right. The f1.4 definitely comes in useful in low light situations, but then again the ISO performance of the 7D is quite good... so you might not need that f1.4 after all (personal preference, so you have to decide) I give this lens 5 for build quality (EXCELLENT), 5 for optical quality (best I have ever owned), but 4 for 'value for money' just because of the price... I think that most people would be happier with the 16-35 f2.8L version I or II (I do miss that zoom sometimes)

  3. Adam
    Adam 6 June 2011, 18:53
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    IP 180.174.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 1695
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: 1

    Pros: 1

    Summary: 1