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Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (OLD MODEL)
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF||—|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||manual-focus|
|Item Dimensions||2.64 x 1.69 x 2.64 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in||3.07 x 2.48 x 3.07 in||2.91 x 2.2 x 2.91 in||3.17 x 4.15 x 3.17 in|
|Item Weight||7.41 ounces||5.6 ounces||4.41 ounces||0.74 lb||0.68 lb||1.68 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||wide-angle||wide-angle||wide-angle-prime|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||35 millimeters||28 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||35 millimeters||28 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||67 millimeters||28 millimeters||72 millimeters|
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. Features: EF mount; wide-angle lens Compact and lightweight 35mm focal lengthf/2 maximum apertureOverall linear extension system with Autofocus drive
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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.
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* compact travel-friendly
* consistent photo quality that one comes to expect from Canon lenses
* ideal focal length when photos taken in smaller spaces
* reasonable performer in low light compared to Canon kit lens (18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS)
* not wide enough for group shots that include large backdrops
I needed a lens with a reasonably wide focal length that would also perform will in low light. I also own the Canon 50mm f/1.8 . This lens complements the 50mm lens in that it gives you a wider angle so you can shoot in tighter quarters (ie. a living room where you only have a few feet between you and your photo subject).
This is not a replacement for the 50mm because the difference in focal length does indeed change the characteristics of the photo. This did, however, effectively replace my kit lens (Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS). The kit lens does not perform adequately in low light situations. This is where the 35mm excels.
I always found myself struggling at events such as evening dinners or get-togethers at restaurants and homes. The light would be too low for the kit lens so I would switch to the 50mm. I could get clean, crisp shots with the 50mm, but the focal length either forced me to stand far away from subject (usually this was impossible in a standard sized room) or the photo subject would take up the entire frame thus limiting my composition options.
The 35mm solved this problem as the focal length hits the sweet spot. I can now stand at a reasonable distance from my photo subject and snap a picture with nearly complete composition freedom.
The trade off is that 35mm is not quite wide enough for group shots or panoramic landscape shots. Particularly wide group shots that take in a large backdrop are tricky (ie. 3 - 5 friends standing in front of the Grand Canyon or Golden Gate Bridge). This is where the wider side of the kit lens excels. I've simply settled to forgo these shots with my dslr and instead revert to a point-and-shoot. Of course if the situation was of great importance, I'd bring my kit lens along and swap out as needed.
I highly recommend this lens to amateur photographers like me who have experience with the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and are looking for something a bit wider.
This particular lens is of a construction typical of all Canon EF lenses. Plastic body, fairly sturdy metal mount, and a switch allowing the user to pick AF (auto focus) or MF (manual focus). The 35 mm wide angle has a minimum focus distance of only 25 cm, allowing you to get nice and cozy with whatever you're shooting, as well as the ability to stop to F2, allowing for a fairly shallow depth of field, and a fairly soft bokeh. See Wikipedia for why you want to know about depth of field and F stop.
The advantage of using a prime lens at this price point is that generally you get a higher IQ (image quality) than you would with any zoom lens in this price range. These prime lenses, such as the "nifty fifty" (50 mm F 1.8) and the new 40 mm "pancake" lens are your introduction to the type of clarity and quality in your images that you would find (to a greater degree) in Canon's L series lenses, which cost significantly more.
The only reason I did not give this lens a five star rating is because the build quality really could be better. I'm very happy with the images I create with this lens, but would like to feel more confident in the sturdiness and longevity of the lens itself.
Overall, I say go for it. Beats the heck out of the 18-55 mm that you probably got with your DSLR.
Word on the street is that this isn't very good on a full frame, I'd believe it. Less than perfect corners on a crop body? Probably exaggerated on a full frame.
Most recent customer reviews
Very light, great for travel (wider than 50mm to put portrait in context);
Decent bokeh, good low light.Read more