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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Imported

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Two Aspherical and Two UD Elements
  • Sub Wavelength Lens Coating
  • Ultra Sonic Motor Autofocus
  • Full-time Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.0"
  • Dust and Water Resistant
  • Circular Diaphragm - 8 Blades
  • 77mm Filter Diameter

The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens from Canon lens is a wide-angle prime lens that provides sharp imaging and impressive performance at all settings. Its wide maximum aperture of f/1.4 allows for effective low-light photography and its circular aperture and narrow depth of field provide pleasing background blur. It is ideal for photojournalists, landscape and event photographers, and anyone who enjoys taking images from a wider perspective.

This version "II" improves greatly over its predecessor with the addition of two high-precision aspherical elements, which correct aberration including curvature of field and distortion. Chromatic aberration common in wide-angle shooting is also reduced by the inclusion of two UD lenses, which ensure optimum image quality and corner-to-corner detail. The lens elements have anti-reflective SWC (Sub-Wavelength Coating) that minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle with which light enters.

The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens features Canon's near-silent Ultra Sonic Motor (USM), which provides fast auto-focusing with full-time manual override. The floating internal focus system also helps maintain image quality throughout the focal range. As an L-series lens, it is designed to withstand the demands of professional usage and features Canon's advanced weather and dust sealing.

Fast f/1.4 Maximum Aperture
A wide f/1.4 maximum aperture allows this lens to be very effective in low light situations and provides shallow depth of field focusing.
Aspherical and UD Lens Elements
Two aspherical and two UD lens elements minimize chromatic aberrations.
SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating)
The anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) differs from conventional coatings by using a much finer structure, which minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle with which light enters or exits.
Ring-Type USM Autofocus Motor
Canon's very best autofocus mechanisms are in place, permitting full-time manual focusing override without requiring a switchover from AF to MF mode. The USM (Ultrasonic Motor) is fast and virtually silent which is ideal for discreet shooting and when using this lens to record video. The floating rear focusing system maintains performance across the entire focus range.
L-Series
Canon's "L-Series" designation indicates that this lens meets their highest quality standards with excellent color reproduction and edge to edge sharpness. Lens elements are made from lead-free glass and a tight seal structure ensures excellent dust and moisture-proof performance
Performance
Focal Length 24mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 84°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.17x
Elements/Groups 13/10
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.29 x 3.42" (83.5 x 86.9 mm)
Weight 22.93 oz (650 g)

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CanonEF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 224 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (174)
  • Strong construction (160)
  • Durable (131)
  • Consistent output (123)
  • Nice bokeh (112)

Cons

  • Heavy (45)
  • Pricey / poor value (6)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (159)
  • Landscape/scenery (149)
  • Night photography (126)
  • Weddings (115)
  • Video (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (86), Photo enthusiast (53), Semi-pro photographer (51), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (171), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Do your research.

If you do thorough research, you know what you're getting when you buy this lens. Like any professional tool, it has its strong and weak points. Aside from getting a faulty lens from...Read complete review

If you do thorough research, you know what you're getting when you buy this lens. Like any professional tool, it has its strong and weak points. Aside from getting a faulty lens from the factory, anyone disappointed with this lens because it doesn't do what they need, should have bought a lens that does.As for performance: I use this primarily for astrophotography timelapse and it knocks the socks off anything else I've ever used. Open wide to 1.4 and you'll see some fairly strong vignetting at the edges (on a full frame sensor) at least a full stop if not a bit more. If you close down to 2.8, the vignetting is easily manageable in post. At 2.8 this is where the lens shines, definitely my favorite wide prime. As with every wide prime that I've used, the stars on outer edges of the frame go oval shaped, but it's not distracting. I also do some video documentary work. The day after I got it, I shot a surgical medevac to a military base from a local hospital that had lost power. I decided to try it out for interviews instead of the 50mm...I was blown away, the interview was gorgeous. The close distance to the camera can be a bit uncomfortable for some subjects, but if they don't mind, it's perfect. This lens will be in my bag for every interview that I shoot from now on. The focus ring is unusually tight, I wasn't expecting this, but it turned out to be perfect for fine-tuning the focus. It also makes harder to overshoot your focus point while shooting video.This is a lens worth getting, keeping and shooting on.The attached image was the first shot out of the box. Taken at an airfield with fairly heavy light pollution.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great lens but mine didn't work well

It's really hard to say how I'd rate this lens, as the copy that I got wouldn't focus correctly beyond about 9 inches - it'd always frontfocus beyond that. As a lens that I...Read complete review

It's really hard to say how I'd rate this lens, as the copy that I got wouldn't focus correctly beyond about 9 inches - it'd always frontfocus beyond that. As a lens that I could use fine during manual focus (@f/1.4), though, it served its purpose, and pretty well, as a fast, wide weather-sealed prime. I'm not a huge fan of the bokeh, and much prefer the 50 L (my favorite Canon lens), but in terms of a wide prime (which I'm looking for) there's not much else that'll beat it.

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5.0

Really good glass

By Ted

from Northwest Alabama

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

Tack sharp and great color. The f/1.4 is good for low light shooting.

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5.0

Sharp Wide angle lens

By Steve Stephen

from Hawaii

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

    Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

    Ive used this for some landscape and scenic photography in Norway. Slight vignetting, but not too much distortion, and very sharp. I recommend this for anyone who like prime lens and wants a wide angle option.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Essential Glass

    By Erik in ATL

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

      I shoot with two 5D Camera bodies at weddings and this baby stays on one of the two bodies at all times.

      If you've never shot wide at a low aperture, you don't know what you're missing. This is the absolute best storytelling lens for weddings and serves me throughout an entire wedding day.

      I find it essential, particularly at the beginning of the day, as I so often find myself in a "bride getting ready" room where I can not situate myself to get good shots with a 50mm lens. Sometimes these rooms are so small that even with backing up against the wall, a 50mm just won't cut it.

      This lens is also great for getting the big room and venue shots.

      With the lens correction features in Lightroom, I could even shoot portraits with this lens. If I was a wedding photographer just starting out, this is the first lens I would purchase.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent lens

      By Fadman

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Cons

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            Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

            Excellent prime lens. I use it for landscape and time-lapse photography. Love it

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            5.0

            What a GEM!

            By Han

            from Fort Lee, NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

              At first I didn't 24mm as a prime length, but as I got into photography more and more, I found out that 24mm is actually an ideal range for photography.
              I've finally decided to purchase this lens over 35mm, I am absolutely in love with it!
              f/1.4 at 24mm is very unique and outstanding!
              Lens construction is very solid.
              Do not hesistate to get this lens!!

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              5.0

              Well worth it

              By Bill W

              from St. Louis, MO

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                I use this lens to shoot cityscapes and landscapes. Even if you don't plan on taking photos all the way down to 1.4 it's well worth it. This glass is great!

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                (3 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Why I returned 70D+EF 24mm f/1.4 lens

                By PhoenixRising

                from Georgia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                  I consider myself an avid photographer. I currently own a Canon Xti + Tamron 17mm-50mm f/2.8 lens. I also own a Canon PowerShot s95. I am extremely happy with both cameras. Because my wife and I recently had our first born child, I started searching for a low light camera + lens combo that is capable of autofocusing during video, which the s95 cannot.

                  My search brought me to the 70D + EF 24mm f/1.4 II USM lens combo. I'm not going to restate all the excellent attributes of the camera and lens. I took some amazing natural light / low light pictures and video of my daughter with the 70D + EF 24mm f/1.4.

                  However, I couldn't see myself lugging that thing around everywhere. I can put the s95 in my pocket; can't do that with the 70D + EF 24mm f/1.4. The more I thought about it, I realized that the hefty 70D + EF 24mm f/1.4 would get in the way of me taking the pictures and video I want to take. Simply put, I upgraded the wrong camera. I should've bought a replacement for the Canon PowerShot s95.

                  So I sent the 70D + EF 24mm f/1.4 back and purchased the Sony RX100 II. I've always been a Canon loyalist. But I decided to buy the Sony because of all the rave reviews I've read; it should meet my needs (hasn't arrived yet). But I haven't completely abandoned Canon; I also picked up a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM that I'll use on the Canon Xti body.

                  Bottom line: the EF 24mm f/1.4 II USM is a fantastic lens. But to justify the expense, make sure you're going to use it to its fullest potential. Something like a Canon EF 28 mm f/1.8 USM may be just what you need. Another lens that has caught my eye is the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM.

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                  5.0

                  EOS EF 24mm f1.4L

                  By DavidCP

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecture
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Interiors
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                    Wonderful lens. Very sharp. Wide aperture enables low ISO shooting in low light. Very little distortion and a very handy size for architecture, landscape and scenery and close quarter street shooting. Very fast focus (it's in focus before you notice it). No IS but I found I could hand hold down to 1/20th and get sharp photos if I concentrated.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Why didn't I get this sooner!!!

                    By Jake

                    from Kentucky

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                      Great glass right here. I picked this up because I needed the fast glass and it is the fastest wide that Canon offers. The great thing about this too, is that the minimum focus distance from the lens is 3 inches.

                      At f/1.4 and 3 inches from the lens, you get a sliver of DOF. The bokeh is smooth, round, and amazing! Since you can focus 3 inches from the lens and such shallow Depth of Field, that it can be used for Macro Photography [I know it is not a 1:1 magnification, but still the content into the camera has that Macro look]

                      I have noticed that because the DOF is so shallow, that Auto Focusing in low light is pretty difficult. I've had great luck using the live view and manually focusing.

                      This lens is so good, that I just wished I got this sooner. Good news too: This lens now ships with the center pinch style lens cap!!!! About time Canon!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great lens!

                      By Taraded

                      from TEXAS

                      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                      This is a great lens and the price shows how great it is. The Cabon L series is the best.

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                      5.0

                      Love this lens!

                      By Anap

                      from Texas

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Low Light Capability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                      I bought this lens to add to my prime lens collection and to use for wedding receptions but am already using it for portrait/lifestyle sessions and everyday use. I was considering the 24-70 but after renting both to try, I thought the 24 was more clear and focused better and I wanted to stick with prime for quality and low light capability. Also considered the 35mm 1.4 but decided on the 24mm for my first wide angle.

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                      5.0

                      Great wide angle lens

                      By Cheryl NY Artist

                      from NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Not IS

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                      Great wide angle on my Canon T4i, shows more of my subject in the photo. I was able to get some really nice photos of Rockefella Center Christmas Tree, and Angels. Just wish L series lenses where IS. If you don't hold camera as steady as possible, some photos can blurr.

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                      5.0

                      EF 24mm f/1.4L 2

                      By Alex

                      from Milford, PA

                      Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                      Great prime lens. Very sharp and fast.
                      I am very pleased with outcome.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent lens

                      By Kevin

                      from Pittsburgh, Pa

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                        This is the sharpest glass you can buy. I am a DSLR cinematographer. I use this with a Canon 5D Mark III and this I my primary lens for steady-cam tracking, establishing shots, and wide shots. This lens is also fantastic for photography. The sharpness is amazing.

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                        5.0

                        Best wide prime. Period.

                        By JT

                        from Dallas, TX

                        Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                        As a canon shooter, I wanted to pick up a fast and wide prime for my FF. This lens is very sharp with only minimal distortion. (Which is in every wide lens.) I really love using this for evening shooting, landscapes, sky shots, and as an everyday walk around lens. The 24L II is the best wide lens I've used.

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                        5.0

                        Clean, sharp, worth the extra cost

                        By Randm

                        from Denver Colorado

                        Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                        I was really up in the air between this and the 28 1.8 which is also a great lens but if your really looking to top quality this is the way to go. The bokeh on this lens is superb being that it is a wide angle it gives so much more depth to your shots and is very sharp at 1.4 . Some people talk about vignetting which I don't experience much personally but the lens is fantastic build quality is one of the best I own ! Will always have this lens with me

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                        5.0

                        My prime of choice

                        By JayBird

                        from OBX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                          I use this glass exclusively for all landscape work and especially Milky Way and Night Photography.

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                          5.0

                          LOVE IT!

                          By Ker the Photog

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                            I'm used to shooting a 50mm and going wider changed my life! This is perfect for all different types of shooting and the quality is great! Focusing very sharply and can shoot in very low light situations. It also focuses pretty quickly. Best purchase I've made in a while! Do be careful when shooting in close quarts though, as with any wide angle, the edges will be warped.

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                            4.0

                            Very pleased with purchase

                            By JBP

                            from San Diego

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                              I have been eyeing this lens for a long time and I am glad I finally made the purchase. I realize some people have complained about focusing issues, however I have not experienced this problem. The lens focuses fast, very sharp and haven't had any problems in the first 10+ days of shooting. I purchased this lens for low light indoor shooting as well as landscapes including long exposures.

                              The build quality is excellent and is very well balanced on my 6D body. At the time of this review I only have about a 100 clicks on it, incluing some focusing tests, and so far I have zero complaints. Also love the center pinch lens cap!

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                              5.0

                              One of the best Canon Lenses!

                              By jimmykubrick

                              from San Jose, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens:

                                This is a top performing lens. I think one of the best in the Canon lens line up. Optically is in incredible. It's fast, fasy fast! Great build quality... a five star performer!Get a B+W thin UV filter on it straight out of the box.

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