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Canon to ship EF 24mm f/1.4L II in December for US$1699  
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Along with the EOS 5D Mark II and Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4/E4A, Canon also announced today a new prime wide angle lens. The EF 24mm f/1.4L II is meant to provide better sharpness and weather sealing than its predecessor, the EF 24mm f/1.4L, plus it incorporates Canon's new anti-reflection Subwavelength Structure Coating.

The EF 24mm f/1.4L II is slated to ship in December 2008 at an expected street price of US$1699 in the U.S.

More information is in the press release below.

Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 17 September, 2008: 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 Canonís 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 cameraís image sensor can compromise images with ghosting and flare. To help reduce this, the inside of EF 24mm f/1.4L II USMís front element is treated with Canonís 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 Ė with Canonís advanced weather and dust sealing making it the perfect choice for photojournalists and landscape photographers.


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