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Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III Lens

by Canon
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  • Belt-drive focus system
  • Compatible with Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • 35-80mm zoom
  • Light and compact
  • Minimum focus of 1.4 feet
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 2554A001BA
  • Lens Type: Standard Zoom lens
  • Minimum focal length: 35 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 80 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 0.1 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004THCY
  • Item model number: 2554A001BA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 8, 2000

Product Description

Product Description

The Canon EF 35.80mm f/4-5.6 III lens is a light and compact zoom lens. The lens fouses quickly thanks to it s micro motor. Also the len s aspherical element helps obtain crisp clear pictures.

From the Manufacturer

The most affordable zoom lens in the entire EF lens system. Light and ultracompact, this lens isn't lacking for optical performance--it has an Aspherical lens element for better optical quality, and its close-focusing allows filling the frame with a subject the size of a postcard at its 80mm focal length. It’s a great entry into SLR photography and the EOS system.

All-Around, Practical Lenses
Very likely, your first EF lens will be (or was) one of these lenses. After all, they feature the most popular focal lengths. From wide-angle to telephoto, you get the best of both worlds. The smaller the maximum aperture, the smaller and lighter the lens.

Customer Reviews

Focusing is loud and slow.
Thomas S.
If you're on a budget then this lens is great.
Mr. M. J. Christian
Nice build quality for a plastic lens.
Skyeye

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Christian on October 31, 2000
So this is a great starter lens, it came with my canon body when I got my camera, and I've used it tons. It is light, smooth, fast to focus, and cheap. My only problem was the number of times I found myself stepping back because the 35mm end of the zoom wasn't wide enough. I now carry a 22-55 instead and love that lens (come on Amazon - get it in stock). If you're on a budget then this lens is great. If you can afford the little extra go for the 28-80 instead.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Technology Guy on January 11, 2007
This is the first SLR lens I ever used. Not a very memorable experience, I have to say. The lens is cheaply made, not at all sharp, has a very limited zoom range and is very, very, very slow. The lens is so slow that it really isn't useful indoors at all without a flash. The wide end of the zoom range - 35mm - is insufficient for landscapes while the telephoto end - 80mm - doesn't offer enough reach for distance shots. The build actually feels as if the zoom and focus mechanisms use internal cardboard components. I would be hard-pressed to find another EOS Canon or third-party lens that was as uniformly mediocre in all respects.

Instead of this lens, I would very highly recommend the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II which is sharper than this or any lens you can find for twice the price. Granted, the 50mm isn't a zoom lens but the limited range of the 35-80mm doesn't offer much of an advantage anyway. AND the 50mm is nearly 3 f-stops faster needing only one-eighth as much light for a shot making it great choice for indoor and dim lighting conditions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kuro0430 on April 23, 2012
You just have to understand this lens for what it is and what its limitations are. It's not an L, no IS, no USM. It's an old lens technology; my lens was a remnant of the old EOS 10s film camera but it's an EF mount so it fits my new t2i.

It's best for still photography or portraits with good lighting; not for sports. My photos of the orange tulip shows surprising results.

What was pleasant was the lack of CA or purple fringing. Canon has CA that needs to be corrected post but this lens doesn't need it.

Do a search about a macro hack for this lens. Then you might change your mind about this cheap but capable lens.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2000
The Canon EOS series has made picture taking accessable to the average person. One can truly take top quality pictures with this camera with minimal training. This is the basic lens that one will need for everday photography. With it one can shoot anywhere from midrange shots up to a 80mm zoom. Pick this up with a 80mm-300mm zoom lens and you are set for any photo adventure. The quality is great and you can rest assured that it will last for years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P.S. Woods on March 1, 2009
It is slow and has a modest zoom range. Color is slightly dull. However it does look sharp enough at f/8 and captures plenty of color to make a workable file. For the same price you can get the 50mm f/1.8 which is head and shoulders better than this lens by every single criterion. Move closer/further for zoom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.H. on April 12, 2014
This was the first lens I bought for my first SLR camera in 1997. Ahh, film.

I have since graduated to a 24-70 f/2.8L II for this focal length range and I photograph professionally now. I couldn't have made it to where I am now without using this little guy, but it honestly wasn't very good. It wasn't very sharp, it has a variable aperture across the focal length range, it produces washed out colors, contrast is a little flat, and the bokeh doesn't look nice. All that being said, for less than one hundred dollars, this is a good deal. The autofocus speed is loud and slow, but you'll find that this lens serves an important purpose: it is a first lens. It will teach you how to compose, hand hold without IS, and manual focus. Those are all important skills.

I know that there are better lenses that exist for a first lens, but none of them are as affordable as this little lens. For the price, this is a good deal. I'd also recommend it to someone who has child that wants to try photography, and you don't want to be too concerned that the lens will be destroyed by accident.

Oh, I should also mention that I won a competition with a photograph of a baseball with this lens in 1998. It can perform, so don't write it off. Despite it's shortcomings, I think this is a lens that warrants consideration as an economy lens or as a backup lens.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nairB on March 25, 2011
35-80mm.... horrible distance. not worth getting ever. get a 50mm. colors are horrible. not sharp. plastic lens. Just dont get it. you'll never thank yourself for purchasing it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2000
The Canon EOS series has made picture taking accessable to the average person. One can truly take top quality pictures with this camera with minimal training. This is the basic lens that one will need for everday photography. With it one can shoot anywhere from midrange shots up to a 80mm zoom. Pick this up with a 80mm-300mm zoom lens and you are set for any photo adventure. The quality is great and you can rest assured that it will last for years.
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