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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

ef24mmf_14l_1_
Review Date: Jan 13, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros:
Cons:

I feel that there is a very limited lens-choice when photographing natural "situations" - things that happen in every day life. On FF-cameras I switch between 35 and 50, but the 35 is a bit too WA and the 50 is a bit to close - therefore on Canon-FF I prefer the 24-70, which is a pity because of the 2.8 limit.
On crop cameras the 24 L is my dream-lens! It equals about 39 mm. Just the perfect focal length and all the speed one needs.
Contrast and color is wonderful, really outstanding sharpness from 2.2 on. But even wide open this lens has given me images I donīt want to have missed.
To compare image quaity between the 24-70 on FF and the 24 L on crop? Just no comparison - the 24 L has a lot more definition, contrast and some sort of 3D-quality, the zoom can never match. I donīt have the 16-35 II (the Mark I was not so great) to compare - maybe that would be the answer, except for speed and therefore DOV...
On a crop body the 24 L is MY lens - Iīd wish Canon would make a 40mm 1.4 for FF bodies.
With all the fuss about the 35 L (which is a wonderful lens) the merits of the 24 L are not so apparent. In my oppinion and for my use though this lens is a true gem.


 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

ef24mmf_14l_1_
Review Date: Jan 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: perfect Reportage-lens on a crop camera, superb build
Cons:
here in Germany very expensive (1.200,- Euro)

I feel that there is a very limited lens-choice when photographing natural "situations" - things that happen in every day life. On FF-cameras I switch between 35 and 50, but the 35 is a bit too WA and the 50 is a bit to close - therefore on Canon-FF I prefer the 24-70, which is a pity because of the 2.8 limit.
On crop cameras the 24 L is my dream-lens! It equals about 39 mm. Just the perfect focal length and all the speed one needs.
Contrast and color is wonderful, really outstanding sharpness from 2.2 on. But even wide open this lens has given me images I donīt want to have missed.
To compare image quaity between the 24-70 on FF and the 24 L on crop? Just no comparison - the 24 L has a lot more definition, contrast and some sort of 3D-quality, the zoom can never match. I donīt have the 16-35 II (the Mark I was not so great) to compare - maybe that would be the answer, except for speed and therefore DOV...
On a crop body the 24 L is MY lens - Iīd wish Canon would make a 40mm 1.4 for FF bodies.
With all the fuss about the 35 L (which is a wonderful lens) the merits of the 24 L are not so apparent. In my oppinion and for my use though this lens is a true gem.