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24 1.4 II- should I?

 
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Mar 26, 2011 14:10 |  #1

I have a chance to get a like new 24 1.4 II for a good price ( $1200 ). How much better is this lens then a 17-40 or 28 1.8 or 24-70 ( at 24? ) I figured it would be a nice wide for my 5D and act like a 35 for my 60D. I don't shoot a whole lot of wide (but more interested lately ) or really do large prints but it seems like a pretty amazing lens but I am not so sure 1.4 is really as necessary on the wide end.

I can also get a 16-35 for around the same price but I am leaning toward the 24 for the filter size and really it just seems like more fun but I wonder if I am just gear lusting as I am pretty happy with my current setup. Just seems like it's worth considering.

Any advice is appreciated.


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Mar 26, 2011 14:41 |  #2

It's very useful for limited DOF shooting and indoor shooting. It's fairly sharp out of the gates...at F1.4 its similar to the 35mm F1.4L but possibly with less chromatic abberation/fringing. It is nicely sharp at F2.0.

A word of warning though, I went through 2 copies and then the third was the only that would focus decently reliably. Its been to Canon twice now in an attempt to make it perfect. It needed +17MA for it to be usually accurate. Even then, there are some targets I found that for some reason tricked it and it would NOT focus on them.


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Mar 26, 2011 14:50 |  #3

Buy it. I bought mine for $1k and sold it for $1600. If you don't love it, sell it for more. Where's the downside?


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Mar 26, 2011 14:54 |  #4

Tommydigi wrote in post #12097523 (external link)
I have a chance to get a like new 24 1.4 II for a good price ( $1200 ). How much better is this lens then a 17-40 or 28 1.8 or 24-70 ( at 24? ) I figured it would be a nice wide for my 5D and act like a 35 for my 60D. I don't shoot a whole lot of wide (but more interested lately ) or really do large prints but it seems like a pretty amazing lens but I am not so sure 1.4 is really as necessary on the wide end.

I can also get a 16-35 for around the same price but I am leaning toward the 24 for the filter size and really it just seems like more fun but I wonder if I am just gear lusting as I am pretty happy with my current setup. Just seems like it's worth considering.

Any advice is appreciated.

Love mine. I had the 24-70 and 16-35.

For my shooting, I prefer the 24L MKII. My copy is sharp wide open.


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Mar 26, 2011 14:57 |  #5

Heck yes, one of Canon's best primes, IMO..


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Mar 26, 2011 15:11 |  #6

Thanks. I guess i'l go test it out and if it seems good go ahead. Should be fun for video too


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Mar 26, 2011 15:14 |  #7

hieu1004 wrote in post #12097736 (external link)
Heck yes, one of Canon's best primes, IMO..

Looking at the lenses you have owned I guess I should trust your opinion. Any canon lens you have not tried? :)


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Mar 26, 2011 15:43 |  #8

Tommydigi wrote in post #12097810 (external link)
Looking at the lenses you have owned I guess I should trust your opinion. Any canon lens you have not tried? :)

Lol, if you like shooting below f/2.8 - it's def. worth it, IMO. It's one of Canon's newer primes and so optically, it is great. The 24L will work very well on both your crop & ff sensor and is sharp right from f/1.4. Good luck and report back how you like it if you decide to buy it!


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Mar 26, 2011 16:02 |  #9

Buy it! The only reason I won't upgrade from the mkI version in the near future is because I have the 35L.
Fast primes are addicting.
I shoot 40D, 7D and 5DII.


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Mar 26, 2011 16:15 |  #10

One of my best lens. Got mine for 1799 euros and haven't regretted any of it.


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Mar 26, 2011 16:21 |  #11

Mind you my recently acquired Zeiss has some crazy 3D rendering...it's worth checking the 35/2 ZE out. Only if you are interested is trying something different that is.


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Mar 26, 2011 16:33 |  #12

One of my favorite, most used lenses. Love mine.


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Mar 26, 2011 17:38 as a reply to  @ timnosenzo's post |  #13

The 24 pairs up perfectly with that 50L of yours. There wouldn't be a downside to owning it! I've just converted from the 35/85 to the 24/50 combo. Just another sect in the Church of Canon.

Sdiver2489 wrote in post #12097675 (external link)
It's very useful for limited DOF shooting and indoor shooting. It's fairly sharp out of the gates...at F1.4 its similar to the 35mm F1.4L but possibly with less chromatic abberation/fringing. It is nicely sharp at F2.0.

A word of warning though, I went through 2 copies and then the third was the only that would focus decently reliably. Its been to Canon twice now in an attempt to make it perfect. It needed +17MA for it to be usually accurate. Even then, there are some targets I found that for some reason tricked it and it would NOT focus on them.

Weird... My 24Lii requires +17 too... So far so good on the AF though *fingers crossed*




  
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Mar 26, 2011 17:40 |  #14

Yes you should...my 24L does not need any adjustment.


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Mar 26, 2011 17:49 |  #15

If you buy it and do not like it let me know and I will buy it from you.


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