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The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM L features two high-precision, large-diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness across the sensor, even in peripheral areas of full-frame sensors. Lens elements have a newly-designed anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) that minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle through which light enters or exits.
It also features two UD lens elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and incorporates rear-focusing, ultrasonic, quiet and high-speed AF with full-time manual override. A circular aperture provides beautiful, out-of-focus detail and offers legendary dust-resistant and water-resistant L-series construction.
This is a superb 24mm f/1.4 lens — but at the price it should be. There is minimal barrel distortion (1.3%) and chromatic aberration. Center sharpness is superb, even wide open. The edges and corners need to be stopped down to f/5.6 to be maximally sharp. The contrast and color throughout the range is best described as “vibrant”.
It is, however, a lens for rather specific purpose: excellent center sharpness in a wide-angle, wide-aperture lens. If you are doing architectural or landscape work then the 24mm f/3.5 TS-E lens might be a better choice. If you don’t need the wide aperture, then the 24mm f/2.8 IS lens gives image stabilization, similar sharpness, and a much lower price.
- Filter Size
- 77mm (nonrotating front element)
- 1.4 lb
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 0.75 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 84 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Internal focusing, nonrotating, USM motor, floating element, full-time manual
- Aperture Blades
- 8 curved, octagonal shape
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Fluorite Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Flare resistance
- Minimal ghosting, moderate contrast loss
- Canon EF
- Crop, Full frame
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