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Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens, Black - 2973C002
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- Compact macro Lens with 0.5x magnification Ratio
- Minimum focusing distance of 0.56 ft./0.17M
- Control ring for direct setting changes
- Optical image stabilization at up to 5 Stops* of shake Correction
- 12 pin Communication system
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RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM
Compact and lightweight, the RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM lens offers amazing versatility in a wide-angle macro lens. It has a 0.5x magnification ratio and a close focusing distance of 0.56 ft./0.71m for excellent macro photography, with up to 5 stops* of image stabilization for reliable performance.
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Minimum Focusing Distance of 0.56 ft./0.17m.
A close focusing distance of 0.56 ft./0.17m opens up worlds of possibilities for creative expression. Combined with 5 stops* of Image Stabilization, the RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM offers admirable performance whether you’re shooting handheld or on a tripod.
Compatible with Macro Twin Lites and Macro Ring Lites
For brilliant close-up photography, the RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM is compatible with Canon’s Macro range of Speedlite flashes, including Macro Twin Lites and Macro Ring Lites, for studio-quality, controlled close-up lighting in almost any situation.
The RF 35mm f/1.8 is macro STM from Canon is a unique wide-angle prime mixing the versatility of a general wide lens with the specialty of a 1: 2 macro optic. A super spectra coating helps to control flare and ghosting when working in bright or backlit conditions.
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I also own the 24-105 lens which is a great walk around, but over the years I've found myself shooting at 35mm more often than not and the RF 35 is smaller, making it less noticeable than either the zoom or the excellent RF 50. The fairly wide bottom aperture and macro capability are bonuses.
The lens is fast focusing and even found focus on a very foggy winter morning (see photo) when other lenses I've owned would have "hunted" unsuccessfully. I didn't have to switch to manual focus to get the shot. Color rendition and saturation are as I've come to expect from all Canon lenses and the bokeh was pleasing if not spectacular. Of course, as you'd expect, it's not the best choice for a portrait lens, but plenty good enough for casual pictures of friends and family.
I'm looking forward to using the lens through the upcoming holidays and will update this review with any additional information as the lens reveals its merits and shortcomings.
UPDATE: After using the lens for a couple of months I continue to feel that it can't be beat for visual acuity, weight, balance, fast focus and size. I've added a couple of images to give an idea of low light performance and "everyday" family shots (in this case, of our dog opening her present).
It was small and light, especially compared to the RF 24-105, but that's about the only good thing I can say. Build quality, focusing speed, and focusing noise (for stills) was just so-so. I returned it after a couple of weeks. I guess what I really wanted was an RF pancake lens, like the 40mm STM. Of course, YMMV
P.S. I totally don't get the point of a 35mm macro lens on a full-frame camera. A close focusing 35mm, yes. But, bugs and flowers?? Furthermore, the EF version of this lens has a handy little ring light built in. Why take that away?
The lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 which is pretty darn fast. Yes, there are faster prime lenses out there but do you REALLY need an f/1.2 or f/0.95? REALLY? Especially for macro work the depth of field is already razor thin (a matter of millimeters between in-focus and out-of-focus) at the minimum focusing distance and maximum aperture. Realistically, if you are going to be shooting macro at close to the minimum focusing distance you'll likely be stopping down anyway. The image stabilization is a very welcome addition and I find it to be very effective.
The focus system is the only reason I docked a star on this otherwise phenomenal lens. I shoot exclusively stills and do not use any video features so the smoothness of quietness of an STM motor is not terribly valuable to me. I'd rather have a Nano USM motor for faster and snappier focus. That's not to say there's anything wrong with the focus system; it's great, I'm just spoiled by USM. I've shot with both autofocus and manual focus. Both are great but for close macro work I think manual focus is going to be easier to "nail" if you have the time. The focus ring is smooth and pretty easy to grip. I do wish it was another quarter-inch wider though. I grabbed the control ring a few times by accident.
Image quality is better than you might expect for a lens at this price point. I think it's perfectly sharp across the frame. There is noticeable barrel distortion and vignetting at the widest apertures but it cleans up a lot when stopped down around f/4. But it's also super easily corrected in post, especially with Adobe's excellent lens correction profiles.
Build quality is not quite L-quality but it's close. The only thing that really makes me think this isn't an L-lens is the lack of a red ring, really. I think they could have stuck a red ring on the front of this lens and nobody would say it wasn't deserving of the "L". Well, maybe if it had a Nano USM motor.