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Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (OLD MODEL)
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-65II|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Included Components||Front & Rear Lens Caps|
|Item Dimensions||2.64 x 2.64 x 1.69 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.46 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.25 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||35 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||5|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||5|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||54 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
The Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 Wide Angle AF Lens is a 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 thats ideal for tasks like group photos and other applications calling for excellent optical performance and moderately wide focal length. Its compact and lightweight, and with f/2.0 speed, its a compelling alternative to a wide-angle zoom lens for low-light shooting.
- EF mount; wide-angle lens
- Compact and lightweight
- 35mm focal length
- f/2 maximum aperture
- Overall linear extension system with Autofocus drive
From the Manufacturer
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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. And, it doesn't kill your shoulder after an hour of walking around with it. F2 combined with a high ISO allows you to shoot handheld in very low light. And, the pics still come out sharp!
Bottom line..just get it. You won't be sorry.
I find myself using this lens more and more. I love using an F2 aperture. It opens up a whole new world of creativity. You can make ordinary scenes become extraordinary. You can blur out backgrounds and make your subject pop off the screen/print. But, be warned, you will need fast shutter speeds so your pics will not be overexposed. I was shooting wide open in daylight today and sometimes the camera had to choose a shutter speed of 8000! That is my 40d's maximum shutter speed. So, if you have a Rebel (Max. shutter speed of 4000), you may have to use a slightly smaller aperture or screw on an ND filter/polarize to ensure your pics aren't over exposed.
I have tried taking pics at F2 through F22 and this lens is pretty sharp at all apertures. Like most lenses it is slightly sharper when stopped down a bit but F2 is very useable!
About focusing...many people have mentioned how loud it is. This will not be an issue if you are shooting outside. You won't even notice the noise. But, inside, in a church, you will be getting some funny looks. But, there is always manual focus for more discrete situations. Just remember to flick the switch. You can't focus manually when you are on auto focus.
It has taken a little time for me to get used to using a fixed focal length lens. I, like most us , have been spoiled by zooms. But, it is nice to have almost no distortion and be able to take pics in available room light (while keeping a low iso like 200 or 400) This lens also gives you something no Canon zoom can give you. Apertures below 2.8.
This lens is so light you don't even feel it on your camera. Much better for your neck after an 8 hour day of walking around taking pics. For the first time in a long time I have gotten brave and left my 17-40 L and my 70-200 L at home. This lens can't do everything but it can do a lot of things so it makes a great walk around lens.
If I need to take a pic with something that is pretty far away I use my 40'd's live view and magnify the screen 10 times. This is an excellent way to tell if I am focused properly. Once the focus is set, I go back to looking though the viewfinder. Then, when I crop the image and zoom in the part I need, it is very sharp. You lose a little bit of file size but hey, that is a small price to pay to only have to carry around one very small and light lens.
I have only had this lens for about a week. So far I really like it. Having a sharp F2 was the main reason I chose this lens. I have a feeling this will stay on my camera more than my L lenses. It is nice to know I have a good lens to handle indoor situations. Sure, I can always crank up the ISO on my other L lenses but it is sooo nice to shoot indoors and never go above ISO 400. The pic quality is really great.
If you are used to zooms there will be a little bit of an adjustment period. You will feel limited at first and then you will adapt your technique to exploit the most from this lens. I love it and highly recommend it. The price is great and the image quality for the most part is impressive.
I also own the 50mm 1.8. I don't find that focal length very useful. (Because I don't do a lot of portraits) I always feel boxed in. 35mm is a lot better focal length for me.
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.
I decided to upgrade and looked at the 35mm f/1.4L, the new 40mm f/2.8 STM, and the 50mm F/1.4. At first I thought I wanted more light than my 50mm f/1.8 but in retrospect light hasn't been as big an issue as the limited framing, so that led me to look for a shorter lens. The 40mm is just too slow at f/2.8, being a whole stop slower than the f/2. The 35mm f/1.4L is, well an L and thus extremely expensive. The only practical option left was this lens, the 35mm f/2.
At first I thought it was kind of expensive for what it is, especially since with Nikon you can get the faster, quieter 35mm f/1.8 for $200. However, now that I've got it in my hands, I am loving this lens.
It's extremely sharp even wide open and the bokeh is noticeably more attractive than the 50mm f/1.8. The larger FOV offers much better composition at close distances, and with a close-focusing distance of ~8 inches it's actually quite nice for some macro work, too! Had I realized how limiting the 50mm would be on a crop body, I would've bought this lens in the first place instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sharp image, decent bokeh, low light killer.
Light and powerful.