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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
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- Focal length and maximum aperture: 35mm 1:2
- Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 63 Degree
- Rear focusing system with USM focus adjustment
- Closest focusing distance: 0.24m/0.79 ft.
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|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 2.48 x 3.07 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||3.11 x 3.39 x 3.11 in||2.91 x 2.2 x 2.91 in|
|Item Weight||0.74 lb||5.6 ounces||4.41 ounces||1.05 lbs||1.28 lbs||0.68 lb|
|Lens Type||wide-angle||Prime lens||Prime lens||medium-format||Prime lens||wide-angle|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||85 millimeters||35 millimeters||28 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||85 millimeters||35 millimeters||28 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||72 millimeters||28 millimeters|
The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM wide-angle lens 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, this lens features a GMo a spherical 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, can detect normal shooting or panning, and automatically switches to optimal IS mode. Compact and lightweight, this lens has an 8-blade circular aperture diaphragm for soft backgrounds plus optimized lens coatings for minimized ghosting and flare.
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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.
- 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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The bokeh is right in line with the other lenses in this line. It's very nice but maybe not as natural and nice as the L series lenses. It's not bad at all, just looks a little different from the L line.
It seems a little strange to have something as wide as a 35mm with IS but I've found it to be incredibly nice. You can handhold this thing shooting super slow! If you were to handhold at 1/2 sec shutter speed and shoot a burst you would probably have several sharp images. Thats crazy! IS works very well and for shooting pics of my kid around the dark house or shooting landscape or something similar in the darkness of early morning or late sunset, this thing shines!! You'll appreciate IS more than you think on this lens. If anything even if you aren't shooting in dark scenarios, your overall hit rate just going up with IS.
Small, lightweight, fast, sharp, IS....what's not to love!
Don't expect L series build but for the money, I would buy this lens over the 35L many times! Having the IS and not having the weight for the L may make this better than the L version for some people.
I've included a few shots I've done with this lens for clients.
One qualification: I would only call this "wide-angle" on a full-frame dSLR. On a camera like the EOS T5i, 70D, or 7D, which have APS-C sized sensors and a crop factor, it's more of a normal focal length (56mm equivalent). Soon after I got this lens, I sold my 7D and got a 6D. The difference is significant, and I had to change the way I think about which lenses to use to get certain angles.
The IS works well, and I can get handheld shots at stupidly slow shutter speeds. Just keep in mind, IS only works for camera shake or an unsteady hand. If you subject is moving and you're shutter speed is too slow, it will be blurred. But being that this is a very sharp lens, if I want more in focus, it's nice to be able to stop down to f/8 or more and shoot at the resulting 1/15th of a second shutter speed. That would be too slow with a non-IS lens. I have not tried, because I'm mainly into still photography, but shooting video with IS on is supposed to help a lot.
The construction seems solid, more so than my EF50mm f/1.8 II (which I've used for 15 years with zero issues and some amazing shots). Exterior of the barrel is thin metal. There are some plastic parts, but that keeps the weight down, and the lens operates smoothly and feels high quality.
I originally got this lens as a fast prime for indoor shots that were too tight with my 50mm on the 7D, but I've since moved to the 6D and discovered it's value in medium range and close-up photos outdoors. It can work as a portrait lens if your subject doesn't mind you getting fairly close, and for this use it works better on a crop-sensor body.
Can't really think of a negative. I paid $599 for mine a year ago. Both my f/4 L-zooms were only $100 to $150 more, but they are slower and don't have IS, though they were much more complicated to manufacture. So I could feel this is a bit steep for a prime lens, but I don't feel ripped off when I see the photos I've taken with it.
There is a bit of a trade off, though - the 35mm focal length gives you a bit more breathing room and lets in more of the environment into the scene than 50mm, but 50mm allows you to better isolate subjects by blurring out background elements more. Versus the 40mm pancake you'll give up a bit of portability and take on more weight to your kit, but overall the trade offs were worth it (faster focus, and wider max aperture).
Though not as solidly built as an L lens, the 35mm f/2 IS is still pretty rugged in it's own right. I don't particularly enjoy using heavy lenses for long periods of time, and this lens strikes a nice balance between heft and build quality. You definitely won't be bogged down by its weight when shooting for long periods of time, which will help you concentrate on your photography. The one drawback of this lens is that a proper hood isn't included with purchase - it's sold separately, and if you want the felt-lined Canon version, it's PRICEY. You'll want to buy a hood eventually, because this lens does exhibit a bit of flare when used outdoors.