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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
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- Ring-type UltraSonic Motor (USM)
- Closest focusing distance: 1 foot, The focal length is 35mm
- f/1.4 maximum aperture
- Inner focusing; floating system , aspherical lens , full-time manual focus
- EF mount and wide-angle lens, Lens not zoomable
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-78C|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 3.11 x 3.39 inches|
|Item Display Weight||25 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.28 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.30 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||9|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||63 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.95 pounds|
L-series professional f/1.4 wide-angle lens with an Aspherical lens element to correct aberrations. The floating system enables high picture quality to be obtained over the entire focusing range. Autofocusing is quick and quiet with rear focusing and ring USM. Full-time manual focusing is also possible.
From the Manufacturer
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L wide-angle lens is a terrific standard lens for casual photographers and photojournalists who value low-light capability and high performance. The lens--which hails from Canon's L series--is equipped with an aspherical lens element that helps correct aberrations and improve contrast and sharpness. The lens's floating focusing system, meanwhile, lets you enjoy sharp images throughout the entire focus range. Other details include a ring Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) that ensures quick and quiet autofocusing, a manual focusing option, and a 1-foot close focusing distance.
- Focal length: 35mm
- Maximum aperture: f/1.4L
- Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
- Angle of view: 63 degrees
- Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 1 foot
- Filter size: 72mm
- Dimensions: 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.4 inches long
- Weight: 20.5 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Many of you looking at this lens will be comparing it to the Sigma Art. Yes, they cost almost the same now. Yes, the Sigma is optically superior. But the Sigma doesn't render colors and tones like the Canon. The Sigma won't last you 30 years like this lens will. The Sigma won't have the same support staff backing it up. And ultimately, the Sigma... Isn't a Canon.
If you're on the fence on buying Canon's 35mm f/2 IS, then consider this. If 35mm is a focal length you use from time to time, buy the f/2. If 35mm is your main focal length, save up for this. You'll be thankful later. If you're thinking of buying the mark II, unless you're a full-time pro who needs the very, very best, buy this one instead and use the remaining money for other glass.
I am primarily a wedding portrait photographer and love to get different angles and styles...this lens provides me with the most creative power.
Really, in many respects, that's all that needs to be said. It performs exceptionally well, especially with full frame cameras like the EOS 5D Mark III. A fast 35mm prime lens, it can easily be a good "walk-around" lens to let you take photos of anything you happen to see while you're out and about. It produces clear, sharp images and is capable of some lovely bokeh. The lens itself is solid and very well made, sealed against common weather exposures. I find it very useful for outdoor, low light, portrait, and fast action shots.
I'm very happy with it on my EOS 5D Mk III, and I find that all the glowing reviews were spot on in my experience. It's an "L" lens, and while the phrase "expensive as L" exists for a reason, I'm very satisfied with my purchase and I'm glad Canon went all out to produce an outstanding lens. But I also knew what I was getting and how I would use it. It's not hard to imagine someone buying it based on a lot of fantastic reviews, getting it home, and being disappointed that it wasn't what they were really wanting--especially with the price (low for an "L," but still...).
My advice--unless you can read the technical specifications and know how this lens is going to perform for you, do yourself a huge favor and rent one for a weekend and play with it. Heck, even if you can read all the tech data, still rent it. It only costs a few bucks to rent a lens for a day or a weekend, plenty of time to really get a feel for this lens. Be warned, it will probably just seal the deal if you're considering this lens, but it should take out a lot of anxiety in making the investment. If rental isn't an option, try taking your camera body to the local camera store and seeing if you can try the lens out there in the shop. Most folks will probably be well impressed with the lens, but a few might be able to avoid any "buyer's remorse."
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Bottom line: an outstanding lens worth the investment.
I recommend this lens for low light photos of children. It focuses really fast and has pleasing bokeh (blurry backgrounds) when shot open with the thin DoF. I get my son playing...but also like to get him close up, then the backgrounds are even more blurry. If you shoot in raw, lightroom5 has a nice lens correction factor which will make your pictures look even better (fixes vignetting at 1.4), but you'll be fine without doing it. 35mm and 50mm focal lengths are good for getting kids in their normal enviroment and I haven't taken the 35mm off my camera since getting it. It's quite sharp, but the real reason I like it (besides the great bokeh) is the wide aperture. I normally shoot between 1.4 and 2.8 indoors to use a shutter speed of 1/125 or quicker because my son doesn't stay still.
Next up for me is probably the 135mm f2 L. I would also like the 85mm 1.2L and think that the 35L 85L and 135L are great set of primes. The 85L is expensive so I was thinking of trying portrait focal lengths with the 135L first. Shorter focal lengths and wide angles are supposed to make ears and noses longer and less appealing, but I don't think this lens looks bad or has a lot of distortion. I recommend this lens or the 50L for kids indoors and low light. If you're using a crop camera then a 35 is 50 something...so you're good there also.