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Canon EF 24mm f1.4L II – first impressions

Although I already have Canon’s TS-E 24mm f3.5L and two zoom lenses that cover the 24mm focal length, I couldn’t resist Canon’s updated version of the super-fast wide angle prime lens. The previous version of this lens had plenty to recommend it. The lens was noted for sharpness, contrast, and tough build quality.

The  new “mark II” version is the first Canon lens to feature their “sub-wavelength” coating, which promises to reduce flare and ghosting. Other updated features include additional ultra-low dispersion elements and complete weather sealing.

I will soon put this lens through a comparative test against the TS-E 24mm f3.5L and the EF 24-105mm f4L. I’ve only had the lens for a day, but here’s what I’ve learned so far: the lens is sharp and contrasty as expected, but shows terrible chromatic aberration under certain conditions. Here’s a photo I took this evening, just before sunset (ISO 250, 1/30″, f2.5, 5Dmk2):

The goddess Diana and her dog

And here’s a crop at 300%, showing the aforementioned chromatic aberration:

Boo! CA is not your friend!

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