Finally, we get to what I believe is the most useful lens in any photographer’s toolkit. The 24mm 1.4F lens from Canon. This lens has been my go-to ever since I bought it. During quarantine, it’s been difficult to find models for any portrait photography, so I’ve had to take self portraits for the past year. On top of that, since I’m not leaving my house as much, most of my photoshoots have to take place in my room as my makeshift studio. This lens has been absolutely perfect for it, because of it’s low focal length, I have a wide field of view making it so I can keep my camera closer while still taking great pictures. Also with the low aperture, you can still get a very beautiful blurry background without having to have the background extremely far away. On top of that, the lens isn’t used as much as the nifty fifty or the 35mm lens so you get a unique look without breaking the bank. Clocking in at $600 it definitely is not a cheap lens, but compared to some of the counterparts, it seems like a deal that would be silly to miss out on.
As much as I love the lens and I could write pages and pages about all of the great uses for it, it isn’t a perfect lens. Sometimes there is such a thing as too much bokeh, and if you don’t use the lens correctly, you can notice many of your pictures coming out blurry. While you can get amazing portraits out of this lens, if you’re too close, you can get an effect where one part of the subject’s face may be in focus while the rest of it may be out of focus. On top of that, there is no digital nor optical zoom, so any cropping of the photos will have to be done or physically get close or further away to achieve any type of zoom.
Pros: Great Bokeh, works well in low light, can work in any space, gives an artistic look, and relatively cheap.
Cons: Too good of bokeh, fixed lens.
Overall: This lens is by far my favorite lens and I recommend that anyone whether a beginner, intermediate, or expert, use this lens. Especially with newer photographers, finding a studio or any large space can be difficult. This lens eliminates that issue by allowing more in the photo. With an unmatched bokeh, ability to work in small spaces, being relatively cheap, keeping a unique look, and working extremely well in low light. It isn’t a perfect lens, but it’s by far the best lens that’s hit the market in years.