Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM Zoom Lens
- Lens construction: 21 elements in 15 group
- Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
- Zoom system: Linear extension type
- Closest focusing distance: 0.63m
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Weight||3.09 pounds|
|Package Height||6 x 6 x 10.2 inches|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||5.1 pounds|
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Some wont like the trombone style slide of this lens (same as the 100-400) but I prefer it when making fast changes or following something in motion.
Wish this lens was still in production and if mine died I would buy another tomorrow. Great lens!!
Update - 11-9-2012
Another year and this lens has not skipped a beat. The slide was getting a touch sticky which was instantly restored with a quick wipe with a baby wipe.
Lens remains impressively sharp. While it cannot compete with the 70-200mm F2.8 MkII - it is 1/2 the price and twice as wide and near twice as long in range. It is also more compact and a hint lighter. Remains a favorite!!
It's not always an easy lens to find, but I highly recommend any used copy if you're looking for a 10x zoom to cover a wide range. On my 40D crop body it translates into 56-560mm on a full frame....so don't expect this to get much by way of wide at all. However, for general photography, I find that it is still extremely functional and provides exactly what you'd expect in a lens like this.
The 28-300mm is certainly a more powerful lens, especially with the extra width on the wide end, not to mention the excellent IS. The 35-350 doesn't have either....but then it costs less than half of what a good used 28-300mm garners on the open market. So it's a trade off that I can more than live with.
The newer 100-400mm Canon also competes somewhat with this lens, especially if you are using the long end. If you don't expect to be shooting much in the 35-100mm range, you might consider the 100-400 Canon....because a used copy of each of these lenses is within a [...] the 100-400 has IS, and the 100-400 is not near such a chore to haul around. Be forewarned that the 35-350. does weigh a hefty 5lbs, so the weight takes some getting use to. But the +'s more than "outweigh" the cons!
Get a good used copy of this lens for under [...] and I promise you will not be disappointed! It's an excellent lens, worth of the L name through and through!
F/5.6 at 350mm isn't too shabby, and F/3.5 on the wide end is almost a large aperture. With all of the new cameras out that can shoot at crazy high ISO's, this lens becomes very useable, even indoors and handheld. The only real negative is the size and weight (about the same as my 70-200mm 2.8), but considering the image quality and zoom range, it's very hard to complain. It's also hard to justify double the price for just adding IS in the 28-300mm.
If I hadn't used it myself, I probably wouldn't have thought twice about this lens. Having looked at the pictures this takes, I'm very impressed! It's a hidden gem of an older lens, and well worth a look if you run across one.
Here is the most important thing I've learned. The 35-350L is very sharp throughout the range if the right f-stop is chosen and under the right conditions! Of course, as I said, I use a tripod. Above about 250mm, my copy of the lens is very sharp in bright light at f8-f11, sometimes is sharp wide open and never is sharp closed down. At 135mm, it can be amazingly sharp, has a reasonable close focus distance and I haven't noticed any problems wide open or closed down. I love it at the wide end also. With a crop sensor camera, it has no vignetting. I just need to know when not to use it, like at sunset above about 200mm I haven't had much luck. I've also had to do some fine tuning with the focus and pixel peeping to check to make sure I've gotten it right, which is quicker than switching lenses. I'm still learning when not to bother and just switch lenses, but most landscape photography in bright light seems to work out as expected for an L lens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very happy with this purchase! The lens is a bit heavy, 3.1 pounds, but I knew that when I bought it. The zoom is amazing and no problems at 350mm for image quality! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Randy C. Horne
Best money I ever spent on a lens. I purchased this lens new in 1994, and have used it on most any subject you can think of, except for macro. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Frank Carroll
From day one it never worked correctly and then the lens would not sink with my Canon MKII camera - sent the lens to Canon and they can't fix it because they no longer make the... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Nick Monroe