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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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|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||2.91 x 2.01 x 2.91 in||3.11 x 3.39 x 3.11 in||2.91 x 2.2 x 2.91 in|
|Item Weight||0.16 ounces||5.6 ounces||4.41 ounces||0.64 lb||1.28 lbs||0.68 lb|
|Lens Type||wide-angle||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||wide-angle|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||28 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 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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- minimal distortion
- one of my most used lenses, great for indoor group shot
- wish it came with hood
I decided to try this lens after reading many positive reviews about it. I found that, in many ways, it exceeded my expectations.
The build quality of this lens, while not quite "L" class, is still very good. It is made of hard plastic and feels very solid. The manual focus ring is well damped. Overall, it appears much better built than the 50mm f/1.4 which I used to own.
Since I had a copy of the 35L with me, I did some side by side tests, both with test charts and with real world subjects using my 5D Mark III. In flat field testing with USAF resolution charts, I found that this lens had somewhat better corner sharpness at f/2 and f/2.8 than the 35L, while the L glass had marginally better center sharpness. Vignetting was obviously worse with the non L, but is easily removable in post. At f/4-f/8, I could not really tell a difference between the two. In real world shooting, I found the sharpness difference between the lenses to be completely irrelevant. Both lenses rendered skin tones indistinguishably, and the darker colors (reds particularly) rendered by the 35 f/2 were a bit more saturated. Bokeh, to the extent it matters, appeared to be smoother - out of focus light sources appeared a little more rounded versus the 35L, but I had to pixel peep to tell. My conclusion from all this? So long as you removed the vignetting, I would be hard pressed to tell images taken with these two lenses apart.
For the more technical among us, it is instructive to compare Canon's published MTF curves of the 35L with those of the f/2 IS. The wide open (black) lines cannot be compared since they represent different apertures, but the blue lines show calculations at f/8 for both lenses and the f/2 IS is clearly superior across the frame - a result that is borne out in pictures of the point spread function of these two lenses at the far corner of the frame recently (April 2014) published by Roger Cicala of Lensrentals.
I could not do a side by side comparison with the Sigma 35mm, but the Canon lens showed none of the non center point AF issues I experienced with two copies of the Sigma. In real world shooting at wide apertures, for me at least, AF consistency is likely to be a bigger determinant of image sharpness than any small difference in absolute resolving power. At narrower apertures, I know from other reviews that both lenses (as well as the 35L) are excellent corner to corner.
In summary then, for something between three and nine hundred dollars less than its closest competitors, you get excellent optics, reliable AF, four (OK, maybe two or three) stops of IS, and very good build - at the cost of one stop of light and, compared to the 35L, a red ring. Unless you really need the f/1.4 max aperture, it represents excellent value for any Canon shooter looking for a good 35mm prime. In competent hands, it is as capable of outstanding results in the field as anything comparable you could buy.
Update (Jan 4, 2014): I took this lens with me on a trip to some of the Utah National Parks in December. This lens, along with the 24-70 f/2.8L II, was what most of my photographs were shot with. On icy trails, I came to appreciate its small form factor and light weight. With its one/two stop advantage and IS, it is an excellent complement to any walk around zoom.
Image notes: These two photographs were handheld evening shots taken with a 5D Mark III. I included them to illustrate the benefit that image stabilization brings.