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New Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle lens

Canon announces the latest addition to its fixed length L-series lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM. The new lens incorporates the newest in Canon lens technology for spectacular sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. It features two high-precision, large-diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness across the sensor, even in peripheral areas of full-frame sensors. Lens elements have a newly-designed anti-reflective SWC that departs from conventional coatings by using an extremely fine structure...


Check-out all Canon interchangeable SLR lensesCanon enhances EF series with new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM fast aperture wide-angle prime lens

Canon today strengthens its line-up of EF-series lenses with the introduction of a new fast aperture prime lens: the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM. Replacing the EF 24mm f/1.4L USM, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM has been completely redesigned to provide an exacting partner lens to Canon's new EOS digital SLRs, the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II.

The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM offers:

- Fast f/1.4 aperture
- Aspherical and UD lens elements for correction of chromatic aberration
- Sub Wavelength structure Coating (SWC) to dramatically reduce ghosting and flare
- Circular aperture for pleasing bokeh
- USM for full-time manual focus
- Lead-free glass (RoHS compliance)
- Lens hood and pouch supplied

Superior image performance

Featuring a 13-element, 10-group lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM is designed to achieve the highest standards of image quality. Two high-precision GMo aspheric lenses are employed to correct various forms of aberration such as curvature of field and distortion, with a floating mechanism ensuring crisp corner-to-corner detail throughout the focal range. In addition, two UD lenses reduce the chromatic aberration common in wide-angle lenses.

A fast, ultra-large maximum aperture of f/1.4 delivers excellent low-light performance, with the circular aperture offering the potential for creative out-of-focus highlights. A focal length of 24mm and a USM focus motor providing full-time manual focus also make the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM ideal for situations where a wide-angle, high-performance lens is required.

Advanced lens coating

Reflections off a digital camera's image sensor can compromise images with ghosting and flare. To help reduce this, the inside of EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM's front element is treated with Canon's new Sub Wavelength structure Coating. Developed specifically to work with Canon optics, this anti-reflective coating helps reduce flare and ghosting - for consistently crisp, undistorted images.

Robust build quality

The EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM is designed to withstand the rigours of even the most testing shooting environment – with Canon's advanced weather and dust sealing making it the perfect choice for photojournalists and landscape photographers.

Additional information: Check-out all Canon interchangeable SLR lenses
September 17, 2008
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