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Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM -- The Fantastic Lens

Canon, a Japanese multinational corporation is a specialist in the manufacture of image and optical products. Canon strengthen its lineup of EF series lenses with the introduction of this Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Lens.

Canon EF 24mm get constructed with a combination of 13 elements in ten groups. It measures 3.7 x 3.4 inches (93.5 x 86.9 mm) (D x L). The lens provides spectacular sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. It has a circular aperture with eight blades. The diagonal angle of view is 84 degree. A fast ultra large aperture of f/1.4 bears excellent low-light performance. The maximum aperture is f/22. Canon EF 24mm contains two high precision large diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness throughout the sensor.

Canon EF 24mm has 77 mm filter threads. The lens elements include newly designed anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating). This coating minimizes the ghosting and flare across the lens despite the angle with which light enter or exits. It also features two UD elements which minimize the chromatic aberrations (CA). The quality of lens background is very nice. The focus adjustment can be done well with the rear focusing system which has USM (Ultra Sonic Motor).

The lens produces nice color sharpness especially for a 24 mm wide angle lens. The new bio-mimetic coating and a nano scale structure dramatically reduce the amount of internally reflected light in lens. The AF motor type contains a ring type ultrasonic and a full time manual focus. The internal focusing is also available in Canon EF 24mm. The circular aperture creates a more pleasing background blur quality.

Canon EF 24mm has a maximum magnification of 0.17x at 0.25 m. It can be used with 12 mm extension tube to achieve a good 0.66x magnification. The closest focusing distance is 3.0 inches (77 mm). The maximum format size of this lens is 35 mm full frame. The lens can be mounted with Canon EF only. It is a weather sealed lens. Autofocus is quite fast and accurate even at low light conditions.

The lens includes supplied accessories having front and rear caps, EW 83K hood and LP1319 lens pouch. The lens weighs 650 grams (22.9 ounces). This lens has an excellent build quality. It gives brilliant color and contrast. It is a fast, sharp and best lens which offers solid performance. With advanced weather and dust sealing feature, Canon EF 24mm turned out to be a perfect choice for photojournalists and landscape photographers.

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 20:09:42 +0000

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