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CanonEF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 230 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (176)
  • Strong construction (162)
  • Durable (133)
  • Consistent output (125)
  • Nice bokeh (113)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (161)
  • Landscape/scenery (150)
  • Night photography (127)
  • Weddings (116)
  • Video (70)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (86), Semi-pro photographer (54), Photo enthusiast (53), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (175), 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

Canon 24mm f/1.4...great lens

By David

from Los Angeles

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

This lens was one that I have been debating to get or not...but after I got it...I wish I have gotten it sooner.

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5.0

AWESOME LENS!

By shotpro

from Chicago

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Video

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

    I have quite a few Cannon L Glass lenses and for shooting in low light the EF 24MM f/1.4L II is an amazing lens. It's clarity is second to none and handles highlights incredibly well.

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    4.0

    Beautiful Lens

    By Malia

    from UT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

          Awesome lens with beautiful bokeh. I love how close you can be to focus. Fast and sharp.

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          5.0

          Extremily Sharp and Well Built Lens

          By Rick

          from Arizona

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None at this time

          Best Uses

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

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

          Purchased to replace a 16-35 2.8L II. Loved that lens, but traded it as I've wanted to use a prime set up with my 5D MkIII consisting of 24, 50, 135. It's been great combo for me so far. I've only had the 24 1.4L II for a week now but the sharpness is incredible and seems to be as sharp as my 135 2.0L! It is soft at 1.4 as many reviews have said, but excelled in close up portrait test shots and landscape.

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          5.0

          Super sharp lens

          By Mike

          from Lafayette, CA

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

          This lens is great and the bokeh is smooth; additionally, the lens is quite sharp even when stopped down to f1.4 the only downside is that it may be just a little to wide, a 28mm would be prefered. However the Canon 28mm f1.8 Iis not as sharp as this lens until stopped down to f2.8. Great lens, just wish Iit was a bit wider

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By Alex P Studio

          from Marlboro NJ

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

                DSLR video

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                • No

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                5.0

                Really good glass

                By Ted

                from Northwest Alabama

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                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

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                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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                  5.0

                  Essential Glass

                  By Erik in ATL

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  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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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens

                    By Fadman

                    from Tampa, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

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                          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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                              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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                                  (8 of 8 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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                                    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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                                    5.0

                                    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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