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Canon EF35mm f/2 IS USM

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  • Newly designed wide-angle single focal length lens
  • Rear focusing system and ring USM for fast autofocus
  • One Gmo aspherical lens element achieves high image quality with improved performance in the periphery
  • Optimized lens coatings and lens placement ensures exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 shutter speed stops of correction.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 5178B002
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 35 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 35 millimeters
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Maximum Format Size 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F2.0 F1.8 F1.8 F1.4
Minimum Aperture 22 22 22 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 67 millimeters 52 millimeters 58 millimeters 58 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.24 meters 0.45 meters 0.25 meters 0.45 meters
Weight 0.7 pounds 0.3 pounds 0.7 pounds 0.6 pounds
Dimension 2.5 x 3.1 x 0.1 inches 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches 4.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches 2.0 x 2.9 x 2.0 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.1 x 0.1 inches ; 11.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00A2BVBTG
  • Item model number: 5178B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 6, 2012

Product Description

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EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

A modern day update to a versatile, compact and lightweight wide-angle lens, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is incredibly bright and offers image stabilization, superb image quality and construction perfect for use on any EOS digital camera. With a redesigned mechanical and optical structure, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features a GMo aspherical lens element for high image quality with improved performance in the periphery. It incorporates a rear focus system and ring-type USM for faster, more precise autofocus performance. Full-time manual focus enables manual focusing while in AF mode, a micro-stepping drive provides quieter operation and a low speed focus drive delivers optimal results for video shooting. Canon Optical Image Stabilizer system delivers the equivalent effect of 4 stops and can detect normal shooting or panning, and automatically switches to the optimal IS mode. Compact and lightweight, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM has an 8-blade circular aperture diaphragm for soft backgrounds, a minimum focusing distance of 0.79 ft./0.24m, plus optimized lens coatings for minimized ghosting and flare.

Specifications
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 35mm 1:2
  • Lens Construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 63º
  • Focus Adjustment: Rear focusing system
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.79 ft. / 0.24m
  • Filter Size: 67mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.1 x 2.5 inches, 11.8oz. / 77.9 x 62.6mm, 335g
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Newly designed wide-angle single focal length lens Rear focusing system and ring USM for fast autofocus One Gmo aspherical lens element achieves high image quality with improved performance in the periphery Optimized lens coatings and lens placement ensures exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 shutter speed stops of correction.

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It is made of hard plastic and feels very solid.
Arun H.
The inclusion of image stabilization (IS) is a very welcome feature, yielding 3-stops of slower hand holdable shutter speeds than I can normally muster.
P.K. Frary
Sharpness and contrast are both very good even wide open.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Arun H. on November 16, 2013
I decided to try this lens after reading many positive reviews about it. I found that, in many ways, it exceeded my expectations.

The build quality of this lens, while not quite "L" class, is still very good. It is made of hard plastic and feels very solid. The manual focus ring is well damped. Overall, it appears much better built than the 50mm f/1.4 which I used to own.

Since I had a copy of the 35L with me, I did some side by side tests, both with test charts and with real world subjects using my 5D Mark III. In flat field testing with USAF resolution charts, I found that this lens had somewhat better corner sharpness at f/2 and f/2.8 than the 35L, while the L glass had marginally better center sharpness. Vignetting was obviously worse with the non L, but is easily removable in post. At f/4-f/8, I could not really tell a difference between the two. In real world shooting, I found the sharpness difference between the lenses to be completely irrelevant. Both lenses rendered skin tones indistinguishably, and the darker colors (reds particularly) rendered by the 35 f/2 were a bit more saturated. Bokeh, to the extent it matters, appeared to be smoother - out of focus light sources appeared a little more rounded versus the 35L, but I had to pixel peep to tell. My conclusion from all this? So long as you removed the vignetting, I would be hard pressed to tell images taken with these two lenses apart.

For the more technical among us, it is instructive to compare Canon's published MTF curves of the 35L with those of the f/2 IS.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Frary TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 10, 2013
The EF 35 2.0 IS USM is the long awaited redesign of the 1990 EF 35 2.0. I loved the sharpness and portability of the original but the new design one-ups it in every way: durability, AF speed and accuracy, edge-to-edge sharpness, and manual focus precision. Plus it sports image stabilization and updated exterior with thick grippy MF ring and matte black finish. It's substantially larger and heavier than the previous model--335g vs 210g--but still an easy carry. And that fast F2.0 aperture makes for bright viewfinders, a helpful feature when shooting dim interiors or twilight landscapes.

Wide open the 35 2.0 IS delivers tack sharp images with pleasingly smooth bokeh and round defocused highlights. There is virtually no flare or ghosting in images of sunsets or streetlights. And distortion is well corrected, making it a great optic for architecture or artwork. No "purple fringing" in high contrast situations, e.g., tree branches against a bright sky. The only negative I could find is it exhibits a tiny amount of light falloff wide open. Stop down a bit and light falloff disappears.

The ring-type USM yields blazing fast and silent AF on my 6D and SL1. AF accurately locks in any light I can see in. Macro and video buffs will dig its manual focus: silky and precise, no slop or play and long throw for smooth transitions. Plus, no need to flip a switch to engage manual focus: simply grab the well ribbed MF ring and turn. The front element doesn't rotate during AF operation, making polarizing filter use a breeze.

The inclusion of image stabilization (IS) is a very welcome feature, yielding 3-stops of slower hand holdable shutter speeds than I can normally muster. Canon's claim of 4-stops didn't work for me but a non-coffee drinker might squeeze out that 4th stop.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Bates on September 3, 2013
I want to contribute a review because nowhere have I found detailed comments on the usability of the focus ring for shooting video. I could have done with a review like this before taking the plunge.
The focus ring is very smooth and a little tighter than other Canon focus rings. In real world use, the tightness doesn't hamper smooth focus pulls because the diameter of the focus ring is large enough to achieve very smooth movement with a gentle start and finish. There is no play in the focus ring at all. It's very well put together. In comparison with the EF 24-105 f4 IS L lens - the 35mm f2 IS is smoother, a little tighter but therefore with no play what-so-ever.
The smoothest focus rings I've ever used are made by Olympus on their m4/3 prime lenses. The Canon EF 35mm f2 IS is equally smooth but with a little more resistance and therefore not as fluid.

The image stabilisation for video is good. I would rate it at 3.5 out of 5. In comparison, I would rate the EF 24-105mm f4 IS L lens image stabilisation as 4.5 out of 5. The EF 24-105mm f4 IS L lens is much more effective in comparison. I can hold a very steady shot even at 105mm. It really is incredible for hand held video use. Simply throw away the silly frankenrigs.
The 35mm f2 IS has far quieter IS than the 24-105mm f4 IS L. The zoom lens is pretty quiet and very usable but I can only hear the IS on the 35mm if I put it up to my ear.

If you're looking for a 35mm lens for handheld video - this is it! There simply isn't anything else.
For stills. It's razor sharp, very fast, accurate and quiet to auto focus. Worth every penny.
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