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Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

by Canon
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  • Overall linear extension system with Autofocus drive
  • f/2 maximum aperture
  • Compact and lightweight
  • EF mount; wide-angle lens
  • 35mm focal length
  • EF mount; wide-angle lens
  • Compact and lightweight
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 43 x 67 x 3.4 inches ; 7.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009XVCU
  • Item model number: 2507A002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Fast 35mm wide-angle lens. With a minimum focusing distance of only 0.8 ft. (25cm), you can approach the subject closer and still obtain a more natural wide-angle effect. You can even obtain good background blur for portraits.

An affordable lens thatís ideal for tasks like group photos and other applications calling for excellent optical performance and moderately wide focal length. Itís compact and lightweight, and with f/2.0 speed, itís a compelling alternative to a wide-angle zoom lens for low-light shooting.

Wide and Fast
If you need an ultra-wide angle and a large aperture, one of the following lenses will fit the bill. Ultra-wide-angle lenses can capture scenes beyond your natural field of vision. The EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, the widest of them all, has a 180∞ angle of view. For more normal-looking wide-angle shots, there are longer wide-angle lenses up to 35mm with the maximum aperture you need.

Product Description

Canon EF 35mm f/2 20 photos Weight - 69lbs, Thickness 10.6 mil, Brightness ISO 92%

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This lens is a quality lens.
I like this lens but I find that the noise the camera makes when focusing is kind of loud.
It's very sharp and colors look amazing.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

174 of 182 people found the following review helpful By E. Gillis on February 24, 2006
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I didn't think it would be, but this lens winds up on my Rebel XT most of the time. The lens is compact and performs well indoors in low light - best to use autofocus set to center point only. 35mm focal length is a nice general purpose focal length on a 1.6 crop DSLR.

This lens is sharp at f2.0 and really sharp by f2.5-f2.8. I have a lot of experience and test my lenses with tripod/mirror lockup, I'm not just saying sharp at f2.0 - it IS sharp. I considered the 24mm f2.8, but f2.8 is a pretty slow prime at wider focal lengths - loses a lot of the low light advantage.

I am impressed with the colors I have been getting from this lens, wasn't really expecting the colors to be so good at such a low price point - doesn't have the L lens coatings, but Canon did the colors right.

The autofocus speed is pretty good - not as fast as ring USM lenses - and it is a little noisy/buzzy.

I currently own 7 Canon lenses (2 Ls) including 4 primes - this 35mm is definitely a top bang-for-the-buck lens. (another is the 28-105 f3.5-4.5 USM zoom - and I don't even like zooms)

Looking for a low-light prime? For 240 bucks at Amazon - just do it!
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107 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A. Shuler on July 20, 2005
Bought this lens as a 'standard' prime lens for my Digital Rebel XT. What I found was that it was a fast, sharp, and lightweight lens that made the camera great for long walks. This would be the perfect lens to take to an amusement park, hiking, or biking where size and weight are a concern.

I've also used this lens for macro photography and portraits where it shines. The F2 Bokeh is wonderful and center sharpness is superb even at F2, much better at F4 which is what I use most of the time.

On the negative side, autofocus is noisy. To compare, it's like a drug-crazed wasp trapped in a matchbox. Maybe a mosquito buzzing close to your ear. It's not louder than the shutter, though. If this were a film camera and I was trying to take candid shots, I'd complain more, but it's a 56mm equivelant lens.

Another negative is build quality. They really should make the body of this lens out of thicker plastic. No reason to skimp there as the 'feel' of the lens certainly gives you much more confidence for very little weight penalty. Make it feel solid.

I've got a 52-55mm step-up ring on it as I've got a slew of 55mm filters. This also helps in that the lens cap is further from the body of the lens and easier to remove and replace.

If Canon had made a faster lens in 28mm at the same price point, I would have gone that way. For my tastes, it would have been preferable to have that extra field of view assuming the quality was as good.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Xizzy on April 2, 2007
This is my lens of choice for indoor and campfire scenes were the ambient light is low and flash can not always be used. Similar high-end L lenses are too expensive for me, and below-$600 zooms are too slow for these situations. 50mm primes are good for portraits, but you have to step too far back to capture more of the scene, to 28-35mm seems to be the best on 1.6x cropped sensor cameras like Digital Rebel.

At $240, this lens provides great bang for the buck, but you get what you pay for, so there are a number of issues to consider:

1. No USM. Auto-focus is slow and noisy. Often hunts for focus, esp. in low light.

2. No manual override of auto-focus. Switching to MF is required to do manual focus adjustments.

3. Cannot be used with any filters. I've wanted to use a warming filter with the flash, and all the filters I've tried (including the very expensive multi-coated ones from Hoya & Heliopen) cause ghost images and flares around any light source (like a candle or a table lamp) or a shiny object (especially if it's off to the edge of the frame). The situation is exactly the same with UV and polarization filters.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By David A. Morehead on June 13, 2008
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Update after a year of using this lens...

This lens stays on my Canon 40D more than all of my more expensive lenses. (I have the Canon Macro 100 F2.8, Canon 70-200 L F4, Canon 17-40 L F4)

This lens takes super sharp photos from F5.6-F11. And, the colors are very nice!!

Even if I upgrade to the 35mm 1.4 someday, I will still use this lens because it is so light and doesn't draw attention.

Sorry to keep raving about this lens but, for an older, louder model, it still does a decent job!! And, like I have said before, having F2 is great for low light shots and when you want your subject to really stand out.

Update after five months of using this lens...

Some of my best shots have been taken using this lens. I have read a few reviews of this lens and some say it is just average. I disagree. It is capable of taking some very nice pics. And, it is such a pleasure to carry around your neck all day long because it is so light weight.

I used to carry my 17-40 L lens just in case I need to take a wide angle shot. Now, I just take several pictures with this lens and stitch them together. Since there is very little distortion the pics line up very easily. Most of the time I only go out with my Canon 40D and this lens. I use F2 all the time. I love the shallow depth of field. You have so many more creative options.

Like one reviewer said, careful if you get this lens. You will like it so much you might be tempted to get the more expensive L version.

This is a great focal length on a cropped sensor camera. If you feel a little boxed in all you have to do is take a couple steps back.

I think every photographer should have this lens. It is light, has good picture quality and is very sharp.
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