The number of full-frame prime lenses covering a 20mm focal length with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 are few and far between. Though it’ll be most popular with people who specialise in astrophotography, its stunning optical performance can be applied to landscapes, interiors and architecture. It’s a large and heavy lens that features a focus distance window and bulbous front element. A permanently fixed petal-shape hood protects the latter. It returns its best results across the frame at f/4 and is just as sharp in the centre at f/1.4 as it is at f/8. It’s an exceptional prime for shooting in low-light conditions. The only downside is that it’s not weather sealed.
The ultimate in fast aperture wide-angle lenses, the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM contains UD and aspherical elements to eliminate distortion and aberrations – producing stunning results.
This lens from Sigma is a first-class example that can be used for a wide variety of genres and its stunning optical quality won’t leave those who shoot weddings, portraits or documentary images disappointed. It’s incredibly sharp in the centre between f/2 and f/11. Full-time manual focus override is great to have for fine-tuning focus and is aided by a delightfully smooth manual focus ring. Regrettably it’s not weather sealed, but this is a minor criticism on what is otherwise a sublime prime that produces striking results.
Canon has knocked it out the park with the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM. Photographers and videographers who lean towards a natural, reportage-style approach to their work will be blown away by its performance that records beautifully blurred backgrounds at wide apertures. It’s phenomenally sharp when it’s stopped down between f/2.8 and f/4 and resolves a gorgeous look to images wide-open at f/1.4. Execution of a blue spectrum refractive optic sees it control chromatic aberrations extremely well and vignetting towards the edge of the frame is tasteful too. All in all, it’s an extraordinarily impressive 35mm lens that can’t be praised highly enough.
The EF 50mm f1.2L USM is no spring chicken yet remains highly sought after by photographers and videographers who’d like a super-bright f/1.2 maximum aperture and professional weather sealed construction. It has a fairly short barrel and isn’t particularly heavy at 580g. As a result it balances superbly with full-frame DSLRs and it produces images of magical quality when it’s used wide-open. Out of focus areas are smoothly rendered and it enables excellent subject isolation at f/1.2, though centre sharpness improves noticeably when it’s stopped down towards f/4. It’s the finest 50mm lens Canon has made in EF-mount and its depth of field control, fast focusing, and low-light performance is what makes it so popular with Canon users.
With its fast maximum aperture and rapid focusin g system, the compact, high performance EF 50mm f/1.4 USM standard lens can be relied on for superb performance in any field of photography.
With the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens you can easily produce more artistic and impactful photography thanks to a wide f/1.8 aperture that produces sharp focus on your subject and a beautiful blurred background.