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Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 11:25:31 AM »
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I find nothing to fault in the lens. Well, maybe some CA, but nothing worth griping about.

My conclusion is this is the 24mm version of the 135mm f/2.0L, my favorite lens. It gives me virtually the same look.
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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 11:29:37 AM »
I love my 24LII. I prefer it over the 35L.

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 11:32:37 AM »
Justin's reasons for selling his 24 match up well with why I never got one.

Most of the time that I'm looking for 24mm, I'm almost instinctively reaching for the TS-E 24. And I'm not looking for speed at those times.

I think most people would be very happy with either the 24 f/1.4 or the TS-E 24, but I don't think very many would get a lot of use out of both. They're both 24mm L lenses, yes, but they're not at all interchangeable and have no overlap except focal length. One might think that therefore there'd be room in the kit for both...but, as I see it, if you're happy with the one the other isn't going to interest you much except as a very expensive novelty.

And I couldn't be more thrilled with the TS-E 24....

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 11:57:40 AM »
Justin's reasons for selling his 24 match up well with why I never got one.

Most of the time that I'm looking for 24mm, I'm almost instinctively reaching for the TS-E 24. And I'm not looking for speed at those times.

I think most people would be very happy with either the 24 f/1.4 or the TS-E 24, but I don't think very many would get a lot of use out of both. They're both 24mm L lenses, yes, but they're not at all interchangeable and have no overlap except focal length. One might think that therefore there'd be room in the kit for both...but, as I see it, if you're happy with the one the other isn't going to interest you much except as a very expensive novelty.

And I couldn't be more thrilled with the TS-E 24....

Cheers,

b&

I think the 24L II's utility depends on whether one shoots primes or zooms.  I see it as competition with a 24-70 or a 24-105 (zoom vs. prime).

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 11:59:33 AM »
How would you compare the 24 against the new Sigma 35 for portraiture?
I'm currently using the Canon 50 f/1.4 on a APS-C body, and while it's great, it is a little too long for indoor work, unless you are doing tight crops.
So, if you wanted a wider lens to complement your 50 (x1.6 = 80) for portrait work, would you go with the Canon 24L (x1.6 = 38.4) or the Sigma 35 (x1.6 = 56)?

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 12:03:38 PM »
Love the review. As for the focal length itself, Ive never been a big fan...fits better in a line up that includes 50mm rather than 35mm as a standard.
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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 12:03:50 PM »
How would you compare the 24 against the new Sigma 35 for portraiture?
I'm currently using the Canon 50 f/1.4 on a APS-C body, and while it's great, it is a little too long for indoor work, unless you are doing tight crops.
So, if you wanted a wider lens to complement your 50 (x1.6 = 80) for portrait work, would you go with the Canon 24L (x1.6 = 38.4) or the Sigma 35 (x1.6 = 56)?

If you're sticking with APS-C you might also want to consider Sigma's 30mm f/1.4, it's a solid performer, maybe not "pro" quality, but I owned it for a while and got really good use of it. Or maybe even the 40m f/2.8 (it's sharp and low cost).  The Sigma 35 f/1.4 is pretty remarkable, look for my review very soon.

24mm isn't particularly flattering for portraiture, environmental work, like weddings of photojournalism, where you want to isolate a subject within an "area" are definitely great uses for this lens, and yes, also very good on a crop body, even avoiding a lot of the lens "flaws" like vignetting.

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2013, 12:06:26 PM »
Nice lens, but no match for the TS-E II when in need of that focal length (landscapes and architecture)

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2013, 12:07:26 PM »
Justin's reasons for selling his 24 match up well with why I never got one.

Most of the time that I'm looking for 24mm, I'm almost instinctively reaching for the TS-E 24. And I'm not looking for speed at those times.

I think most people would be very happy with either the 24 f/1.4 or the TS-E 24, but I don't think very many would get a lot of use out of both. They're both 24mm L lenses, yes, but they're not at all interchangeable and have no overlap except focal length. One might think that therefore there'd be room in the kit for both...but, as I see it, if you're happy with the one the other isn't going to interest you much except as a very expensive novelty.

And I couldn't be more thrilled with the TS-E 24....

Cheers,

b&

I think the 24L II's utility depends on whether one shoots primes or zooms.  I see it as competition with a 24-70 or a 24-105 (zoom vs. prime).

In this I disagree. I have a multi zoom/prime kit, and the only zoom that I've seen produce a "look" like the 24mm prime is the new 24-70 ƒ/2.8 L II, wide open. It would, I think, complement someone with a 24-105, since that lens isn't particularly sharp at 24mm and starts at f/4... you're missing a lot of bokeh at that aperture.  One of the reasons behind my original purchase of the 24 .14 was that I thought I could use it's shallow depth of field to isolate subjects in busy environments that I couldn't control.

My only fault there was that I didn't account for my own inability to properly focus the damn thing.

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2013, 12:10:46 PM »
24mm isn't particularly flattering for portraiture

If your definition of "portrait" is "head-and-shoulders passport-style photograph," then, yes, that's true.

But your review has one portrait after another, and they're all really good! Indeed, I'd say that the 24 f/1.4 is one of the best portrait lenses there is -- provided you're not trying to use it for headshots.

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2013, 12:12:14 PM »
24mm isn't particularly flattering for portraiture

If your definition of "portrait" is "head-and-shoulders passport-style photograph," then, yes, that's true.

But your review has one portrait after another, and they're all really good! Indeed, I'd say that the 24 f/1.4 is one of the best portrait lenses there is -- provided you're not trying to use it for headshots.

Cheers

b&

lol, okay true, I guess I was just interpreting the comment one way.  It's *great* for the kind of portraiture I did with it ;)

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2013, 01:26:22 PM »
It seems like 7D users complain about AF with this lens more than anyone else.
My copy focused very well at f/1.4 on my 5D3 and pretty well on my 5D2 and not badly on my 7D. I do see lots of 7D users complaining that it focuses terribly on their body though.

Anyway I sold mine for the 24-70 II though. I mostly used it stopped down and the 24-70 II is the one prime that can match the 24mm 1.4 II when both are stopped down. The 24 1.4 II had been among my most used lenses before though. I used the 760-200 f/4 IS and later 70-300L even more though.

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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2013, 01:42:53 PM »
Thanks a for another nice review, Justin.  I particularly like the last portrait (couple shot).  Great color - very cinematic, and the angle is great.

One additional benefit of shooting primes (and why I think everyone should spend at least some time with a few primes) is how the lack of zoom range makes you think more creatively about framing, angle of view, and DOF.  Primes helps build creativity.  My personal kit is a mix of primes and zooms, and I like them both for different reasons.

I bring that up to say that your last shot to me is the kind of shot that one learns to take primarily be shooting primes and boosting creativity.
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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2013, 01:52:32 PM »
I find few uses for f/1.4 at 24mm. I much prefer the 35mm focal length personally and there are some great options for the 35mm f/1.4 lenses too. Personally, I'm a new fan of the Sigma because of the sharpness but it is hard to argue with the Canon version either. Maybe Canon will replace it this year.
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Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
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