Welcome to the 24mm focal range of the SLR Lounge Canon Lens Wars serial, where we volition be comparing 4 lenses at the 24mm focal length.:
- Catechism 24-70mm f/4L
- Canon 24-70mm f/4L
- Canon 24-105mm f/4L
- Canon 24mm f/1.4L 2
For those that are new to the SLR Lounge Canon Lens Wars series, exist certain to cheque out the Lens Wars Teaser video, where we introduce the series and our testing methodology and all the other videos on each focal length.
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Still, visually it is a bit softer, but even so usable. You lot do notice a little scrap of that dreamy haze type softness, even when just viewing the prototype at full screen.
Two. Canon 24-70mm f/two.8L II
The next most impressive is the Catechism 24-70mm f/two.8L Ii. This lens has the second most bokeh at its WOA of f/two.8, although it is significantly less than the 24mm prime.
Simply however, what is virtually impressive most this lens is the combination of detail and bokeh. The lens is absolutely tack sharp when wide open at f/2.eight. It has beautiful color and contrast and enough bokeh to make the subject really pop off the groundwork.
Three. Catechism 24-70mm f/4L
In 3rd place visually is the Canon 24-70mm f/4L, not a lot of bokeh, merely still quite sharp too, probably just behind the 24-70mm f/2.8L.
But visually, it lacks the contrast, color and bokeh of the 24-70mm f/two.8L Ii and the 24mm f/1.4L II prime number.
IV. Canon 24-105mm f/4L
Finally, noticeably in terminal place is the Catechism 24-105mm f/4L which has the to the lowest degree amount of contrast, bokeh and sharpness then when compared to the 24-70mm zoom lenses.
Every bit you can run across below, even when simply viewing the paradigm side by side without zooming fully, information technology is like shooting fish in a barrel to run into just how soft the Canon 24-105mm f/4L is compared to the Catechism 24-70mm f/2.8L Two and the Canon 24-70mm f/4L.
Widest Open Aperture Next Bokeh Comparison
Permit’s go ahead and but show you a side by side comparison of all 4 lenses bokeh aesthetics at their corresponding WOAs. The image below is a next iv mode close up showing the bokeh aesthetics of each lens over the exact same area of the composition.
From the image in a higher place, it is easily noticeable that the 24mm f/1.4L II creates the most bokeh, and as well has a very shine bokeh aesthetic. But to be honest, the 24-70 f/2.8 is not as well far backside. However, in the same area of our frame, we can see below that the 24-70 f/4L renders quite a bit less bokeh, while the 24-105 f/4 really doesn’t have much at all. While the 24-lxx f/4 withal has a little bit of that circular bokeh aesthetic in the area of the light-green leaves, the 24-105 f/four looks like the light-green leaves are merely slightly out of focus.
Paradigm Quality at Widest Common Aperture
Next, let’south leap up to their
Widest Common Apeture (WCA)
of f/4 and exercise some side-by-sides. Now remember, for the 24-70mm f/4L and the 24-105mm f/4L, nosotros are still at their WOA at f/4. However, on the 24mm f/1.4L, we take come up 3 stops in light! On the 24-70mm f/ii.8L Two, we accept come upward i stop likewise.
Visually at f/4, the 24mm prime number is still creating a little more bokeh in the background than the other lenses, merely information technology is getting tough to tell a departure without zooming in.
The 24-70mm f/2.8L 2’s color and contrast is pretty equal to the 24mm prime number, although I call back I still adopt the 24mm prime a scrap more than. The prime seems to render the colors and contrast in simply a slightly more than “clean” and neutral tone.
At f/four, the 24-70mm f/2.8L Two, 24-70mm f/4L have for the most part equalized visually. The 24-70 f/ii.eight still is a bit sharper and has a niggling more bokeh, but visually information technology is becoming difficult to see when merely at full screen, and even hard to distinguish when zooming in.
Let’s go ahead and zoom in and do some side-past-side comparisons. At f/4, the 24-70mm f/2.8L Ii and the 24mm f/1.4L II are very comparable in center epitome sharpness, nonetheless, we start noticing quite a large difference as we extend off to the edge of the frame toward the correct of the model.
I would say the 24mm prime slightly edges out the 24-70mm f/2.eight in terms of center sharpness every bit shown above, only it falls quite a flake shorter in terms of edge sharpness, where the 24-70mm f/2.8 takes a significant step ahead as you tin can see below.
Still though, at f/four while nosotros are zoomed in, you can meet the 24mm prime still has a midly nicer aesthetic to the bokeh than the 24-70mm f/two.8L II, only at this point, we are splitting hairs.
The 24-70mm f/4L was also quite abrupt besides from center to edge. Slightly behind the 24-70mm f/two.viii, but still, a solid performer.
The just lens that was very noticeably worse was the 24-105mm f/4L which had significantly less center to edge sharpness than even the 24-70mm f/4L which you lot can come across in this close up of the models dress.
Image Quality of the Canon 24mm f/1.4L II and 24-70mm f/2.8L 2 at f/two.8
Nosotros know that the Canon 24mm f/1.4L II prime and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II are our two favorites in this group (and they should be every bit they are also the most expensive lenses), and so let’s do one more comparison with just these two lenses at their WCA of f/two.eight. At f/ii.8, it appears that detail and sharpness are still a bit ameliorate on the 24-70mm f/2.viii, but contrast and color renders slightly ameliorate on the 24mm prime.
What’south interesting though is the aesthetic quality of the bokeh between the two lenses. Due to the shape and construction of the aperture, the 24mm prime and 24-70mm f/two.8L Ii have a different artful quality to their bokeh. The 24mm prime’south bokeh is slightly more pronounced and a little bit smoother than the 24-70s which has a smaller shape, and doesn’t blend quite as much.
We tin run into the tree body falling far more out of focus on the prime, than on the zoom as well.
Sharpness is very similar, although if we divide hairs, the Canon 24mm f/1.4L 2 prime has a scrap improve eye sharpness, while the Canon 24-70mm f/ii.8L II has a scrap ameliorate edge sharpness. Color and contrast is besides very similar, although the 24mm prime has slightly cleaner colors.
Low Low-cal Consideration
In terms of depression light, the 24mm f/1.4L Ii prime has two boosted stops of latitude at f/1.4 when compared to the 24-70mm f/2.8L 2! To put that in perspective, if yous were shooting at 1/100th seconds shutter speed for a correct exposure on the 24-70mm at f/two.8L II, you could shoot the same shot at 1/400th second for the verbal exposure at f/1.4 on the 24mm prime number. That difference is absolutely huge!
The 24mm prime is even another stop faster than the f/iv zoom lenses which makes it 3 total stops faster in low calorie-free. So equally expected, the Canon 24mm f/1.4L Ii prime absolutely destroys the other lenses in terms of depression light performance.
Notes On Focusing
The caveat with the 24mm prime number is that striking your focus can exist tricky and sometimes even quite tough, specially when shooting broad open. I kept having issues on the 24mm prime where I would call up it would be in focus, but it would just barely miss. The off-center AF points are often inaccurate when shooting wide open, which means you need to use Live View to verify focus, or exist safe and shoot several images to ensure that you have a abrupt 1.
The easiest lens to autofocus was probably the Catechism 24-70mm f/2.8L Two, which snapped to focus very quickly and accurately. The two f/four zoom lenses were right around where they should be also.
Factoring the Cost and Choosing the All-time Lens
In reality, all iv of these lenses are rather pricey. Nosotros are looking at $i,149 for the Catechism 24-105mm f/4L, $one,499 for the Canon 24-70mm f/4L, $ane,749 for the Canon 24mm f/i.4L II prime, and a whopping $two,299 for the Catechism 24-70mm f/2.8L Two!.
When speaking purely on the aesthetic quality of the image, overall operation in sharpness, clarity and color, as well as low calorie-free performance, the clear winner is the 24mm prime, which at $1749, It is the second most expensive ane of the bunch.
My second favorite lens in this group for overall aesthetics and performance is the Catechism 24-70mm f/2.8L II which is $2,299.
Many of yous may be thinking “Duh Pye, these are more expensive lenses, they should be improve.” Only, what we are looking for is whether the additional cost is really giving you that much more in operation. For instance, if a lens costs double or triple the toll, so to brand information technology a “value” it needs to be double or triple the lens in terms of quality and aesthetics.
In the case of the Canon 24mm f/1.4L II and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II, both lenses function and perform visually that much meliorate. And then, while the 24-seventy f/ii.eight is around double the price of the 24-105 f/4, in terms of quality, aesthetics and performance you are getting more double the lens. The same could exist said with the 24mm prime number and its low calorie-free functionality and broad angle bokeh aesthetics. To go on it uncomplicated, the additional costs are justifiable in this situation.
So, these two lenses are your best performers in the class, but choosing one or the other will depend on your shooting style and needs. Y’all see, generally, when I am shooting wide angle images, I am not looking for extreme amounts of bokeh. I meticulously frame my prototype to have exactly what I want (because there is and so much in the frame), and and then I shoot for everything in focus. And then for me, the 24mm prime doesn’t necessarily fit my shooting style considering rarely am I looking for bokeh on my broad bending lenses. Typically, I wait for bokeh on my 35, 50 or 85mm primes because I primarily shoot portraiture.
So for my shooting style, the Catechism 24-70mm f/2.8L Two is a ameliorate fit because the sharper particular from edge to edge, and focal length flexibility are more of import than the extreme depression low-cal and bokeh functionality of the Canon 24mm f/1.4L 2. This is the aforementioned decision each of you will need to decide on, which features all-time fit your shooting style and needs.
So let’s sum it all up.
The All-time All Effectually Lens
The Canon 24-70mm f/two.8L II makes the nearly sense considering of its focal length flexibility in addition to its amazing prototype quality. When I need bokeh or depression light functioning, I get to my Canon 50mm f/i.2L or my Catechism 85mm f/i.2L II for those functions. This combination is what I would recommend for the majority of you lot.
Depression Calorie-free & Bokeh Gnaw
If y’all need farthermost low lite capability and a shallow depth of field in a wide bending format, and so there really is no better selection than the Canon 24mm f/1.4L Two.
The Stabilized and Budget Alternative
If yous are on a budget or if you need paradigm stabilization, then your next all-time option is going to exist the Canon 24-70mm f/4L. It is 1 end slower than the 24-70mm f/2.8L II, and doesn’t produce quite the same image quality or bokeh aesthetic, simply it is close, in fact it is very close! And for the $1499, it also includes paradigm stabilization, which is crucial for those of you doing a lot of DSLR video.
The Ane to Avert
The one lens I would avert in this line up is the Canon 24-105mm f/4L. While this lens has a scrap more focal range flexibility, it simply doesn’t compare to any of these other lenses in terms of artful quality, sharpness, detail, color and dissimilarity rendition so forth. In plow, for the extra focal length and image stabilization and the lower price of $i,149, you are trading in your overall image quality.
While it is still a “skilful” lens, it isn’t necessarily great at whatever one thing other than merely being cheaper and having a bit more accomplish than the other zooms.
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