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CanonEF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 235 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (181)
  • Strong construction (166)
  • Durable (137)
  • Consistent output (127)
  • Nice bokeh (116)

Cons

  • Heavy (49)
  • Pricey / poor value (6)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (166)
  • Landscape/scenery (150)
  • Night photography (130)
  • Weddings (118)
  • Video (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (89), Semi-pro photographer (56), Photo enthusiast (53), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (180), 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

Best looking lens for C100 !!! Sharpness/Autofocus/Boleh

By CaebS

from Chino Valley, Arizona

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Video

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

I just love the way this lens looks through the C100.
The Sharpness and Bokeh is Excellent and does something special to the C100 image and to me it just matches it's 35mm sensor perfectly.
And the autofocus on this lens work so good
with the C100's Dual Pixel AF.
The reason I say this is because I've also seen so much C100 footage where many other lower quality lenses did not do the C100 justice at all and could lead a person to believe that the C100's image is not that great, but honestly the C100 is an awesome camera and a great deal, especially at today's prices it's an absolutely amazing deal, as long as you know what you're doing and matching it up with the right lenses that will do justice to the C100's image quality which is excellent for this price. And the footage from the C100 with this Canon EF 24mm 1.4/L ii lens is so so nice and clean and sharp and pro looking. That's my .02 Cents !!!!
GREAT LENS CANON!!!
And also, I want to say thank you to B&H for providing me with the right gear with great service and dependability that I can count on, and that's why I don't really bother looking anywhere else to buy my Pro Video Gear.
So, Thank You B&H !!!!

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5.0

Best looking lens for C100 !!! Sharpness/Autofocus/Boleh

By CalebS

from Chino Valley, Arizona

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Video

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

I just love the way this lens looks through the C100.
The Sharpness and Bokeh is Excellent and does something special to the C100 image and to me it just matches it's 35mm sensor perfectly.
And the autofocus on this lens work so good
with the C100's Dual Pixel AF.
The reason I say this is because I've also seen so much C100 footage where many other lower quality lenses did not do the C100 justice at all and could lead a person to believe that the C100's image is not that great, but honestly the C100 is an awesome camera and a great deal, especially at today's prices it's an absolutely amazing deal, as long as you know what you're doing and matching it up with the right lenses that will do justice to the C100's image quality which is excellent for this price. And the footage from the C100 with this Canon EF 24mm 1.4/L ii lens is so so nice and clean and sharp and pro looking. That's my .02 Cents !!!!
GREAT LENS CANON!!!
And also, I want to say thank you to B&H for providing me with the right gear with great service and dependability that I can count on, and that's why I don't really bother looking anywhere else to buy my Pro Video Gear.
So, Thank You B&H !!!!

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5.0

Best for wedding receptions!

By Petula Pea Photorgaphy

from San Diego, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I LOVE this lens so much! I used it at a 300-person wedding I had this past weekend and I'm just in love!
    It's so much better having that extra few mm's to capture the dancing shots!
    xo, petula pea photography!

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    5.0

    Love this lens! Worth every penny!

    By JLR

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography

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

    I have been saving up for this one after renting a few times and it is amazing. Sharp, fast, great color. I barely have to do anything in post processing. I love using this lens for indoor lifestyle sessions, and as a walk around lens.

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    5.0

    Nice

    By Jake

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    You see an incredible difference when shooting with this lens. Can't wait to try it out on some assignments.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

      Verified Buyer

      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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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Extremily Sharp and Well Built Lens

      By Rick

      from Arizona

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      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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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Alex P Studio

      from Marlboro NJ

      Verified Buyer

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

      DSLR video

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        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

          Verified Buyer

          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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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

            Verified Buyer

            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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              (7 of 68 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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                  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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