|Introduction | 24mm: Typical use | Best performing 24mm for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Canon | Conclusion|
Although the popularity of mirrorless cameras has flourished in Asia, the DSLR continues to be the camera design of choice with professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. Regardless of that, the highly refined design the cameras are only a part. By far the more important segment of the system to these users is the lens line up.
With its expansive field of view, close focus capability and range of different speed models, the 24mm focal length is one of the most popular focal lengths, and has long since replaced the once common 28mm as the wide-angle of choice. Being only fractionally wider, it’s a simple case to frame and later crop to the 28mm field of view.
With high-resolution cameras this option has become routine, but there’s little doubt the resurgence in demand for the 24mm and can be attributed to the popularity and now accessibility of full-frame DSLRs. That’s not only because the sensor restored the intended field of view and image aesthetic but also because of the emergence of video capture.
The introduction coincided with a craze for shallow depth of field, but traditionally the ultra-fast models were designed exclusively for reportage and available light photography. Canon was the first to introduce a 24mm f1.4, back in 1975, an achievement that has only recently been matched by rivals.
Models with more modest f2.8 maximum apertures were intended for architecture, interiors and landscapes. While that’s still true today, makers such as Canon are optimizing optical designs for highly detailed and descriptive imaging, and adding value with features such as stabilization. That particular option isn’t solely a benefit for the stills photographer; it’s now not uncommon to see handheld footage from DSLRs and the latest optical stabilization technology is very effective at minimizing the highly distracting movement.