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Canon 24mm f/1.4L II

Examples—field shots

All images from the 21 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Except as noted, these images were processed with minimal adjustment in Canon’s Digital Photo Professional.

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Sharpness wide open

What’s remarkable about the 24/1.4L II is that wide open in the central areas, there is still very high contrast, with little or no contrast-reducing “haze” as is nearly always seen with f/1.4 lenses. Such haze is due to spherical aberration, but the 24/1.4L II apparently dispenses with such annoyances, an outstanding showing. Even more remarkable is the usually lovely bokeh (personal taste), in spite of the use of aspheric lens elements.

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EF 24/1.4L II @ f2, 1/200 handheld, ISO 800

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