Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Imported

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Aspherical Lens Element
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Rear Focusing
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Floating Lens System
  • Super Spectra Multi Coating
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.0'
  • 72mm Filter Thread Diameter

The superior-quality EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens from Canon features a brilliant maximum aperture of f/1.4, along with the superior natural image quality of Canon L-series lenses. Such a wide aperture is ideal for low-light imaging and for exacting depth of field control. An advanced floating mechanism and aspherical lens element achieve extremely sharp, distortion free pictures from infinity to its closest shooting distance of 1.0'. With a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) and rear focus, autofocus is fast and virtually silent. A wide focusing ring provides comfortable manual focus, and the filter ring remains stationary for ease of use with polarizers and other special effects filters. Full time manual focus override enables precise manual focus even when in AF mode.

Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is effective in low light shooting and enables shallow depth of field control.
An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides precise, fast and quiet AF action.
Full-time manual focus override allows for precise manual focus control at all times, even in autofocus mode.
An aspherical lens element reduces aberrations and optimized Super Spectra lens coatings minimize ghosting and flare.
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 56 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 63°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.0' (30 cm)
Magnification 0.18x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 3.4" (7.87 x 8.64 cm)
Weight 20.46 oz (580 g)

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CanonEF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 594 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (519)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (505)
  • Consistent output (376)
  • Strong construction (360)
  • Nice bokeh (350)
  • Durable (322)

Cons

  • Heavy (76)
  • Slow focus (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • No weather sealing (8)
  • Chromatic aberration (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (416)
  • Weddings (341)
  • Night photography (315)
  • Landscape/scenery (271)
  • Video (135)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (179), Semi-pro photographer (157), Photo enthusiast (125), Casual photographer (31), Enthusiast (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (412), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Low light and fast kids haven!

Use it and abuse of it! It does work at 1.4 and that's a long way from 4.0. Both aren't perfect at the largest aperture (I'm comparing a 24-105 4L with the...Read complete review

Use it and abuse of it! It does work at 1.4 and that's a long way from 4.0. Both aren't perfect at the largest aperture (I'm comparing a 24-105 4L with the 35 1.4L), but since buying the 35 I stopped using the zoom. What is great? Fast.
I bought it Halloween afternoon so I could use it at night and it was just wonderful. It always was my first choice of lens, but I could not convince my wife that although it is NOT a zoom it does deliver "nice" pics. She didn't note the difference of the lenses but DID acknowledge the improvement of the pictures...
IF you, amateur as I am, think you might need the large aperture for kids inside, go for it. For a closer comparison I used for a long time a Sigma 50mm 2.8f macro EX. But the 35mm gives me more keepers.
It took me 4 years to buy the lens and now I realize that I should have done it before (before upgrading twice the body and buying the L zoom). Much better had I kept my EOS 300D (the lowest Rebel at that time)with this lens instead of using the 5D MarkII with the lenses I had...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overall good wide angle prime lens

This is a very good wide angle prime lens from Canon. The focal length is commonly one that can be a walk around lens. It is well balanced and easy to hold during...Read complete review

This is a very good wide angle prime lens from Canon. The focal length is commonly one that can be a walk around lens. It is well balanced and easy to hold during shooting. The lens is not overwhelmingly sharp at the wide apertures but good bokeh. The corners are not so great at these apertures. THe sharpness improves at f2.8 and by f4 very sharp and decent corners on a full frame sensor. The lens does suffer from a bit more CA than i had hoped. Overall stopped down it is an outstanding landscape lens. At the wide apertures, good for portraits.

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5.0

Favorite Lens!

By Kortney

from Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

    This lens never comes of my camera! Produces beautiful and clear images!

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    • No

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    5.0

    It doesn't get much better than this!

    By jgsnyder

    from Boise, ID

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

      If I had to pick one lens, it would be this one. I find the 35mm length to be super versatile for just about anything especiailly protraits. It's wide, but not too wide. I love having a solid lens to go between a 50mm and 28mm, plus the fast aperture is excellent for low light situations (weddings, photojournalism, etc.) when flash isn't useable. Colors are great, bokeh smooth, slient focusing and excellent build quality. If you're looking for a great go to lens that can handle any situation you throw at it, look no further!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Worth it

      By Jacq-Jacq

      from Bend, OR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

        This lens is worth the investment! I cannot come up with any cons. Images are crisp, wide range of uses!

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        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Alex P Studio

        from Marlboro NJ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

          DSLR video

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          • No

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          5.0

          Favorite Lens!

          By Beach Photographer

          from Buxton, NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

            I use this product for most of my portrait sessions! It's an overall great lens for kids and adults of all ages and small or large groups!

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            5.0

            I waited too long...

            By J.Rock

            from Pasadena, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Candid Event
              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

              My list of lenses include 24-70 2.8, 70-200 4.0, 85 1.8, 35 2.0 & 50 1.4.The lens most often on my camera was the 24-70 due to the flexibility and wonderful output of an "L" lens. The colors were rich and bokeh pleasing. I would turn to my primes in low light situations or if I needed to go light.That all changed with the 35 1.4. This lens is "magic" and makes the reality I see with the naked eye BETTER. The colors are saturated and bokeh is creamy smooth. It also seems to have a wider range of contrast and cinematic effect. It is light-weight (compared to my zooms) and has been on my camera since the day I bought it. I've recently sold the 50 1.4 and the 35 2.0 and if it wasn't for my "paid gigs" I would probably sell my zooms. For personal use this could be my "one and only" lens.Life is short...don't wait.

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              5.0

              Great sharp lens

              By Eclicking

              from Pleasanton, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                I use this lens daily everywhere I go. It fits in my purse perfectly that I don't need to get another bag just for the camera. The main subject in my photos are my children. This lens takes very sharp and natural photos which saves me a lot time in editing. It works well for close up shots as well as group ones. Just love it!

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                5.0

                a new set of eyes

                By a

                from san diego

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                  This lens has literally changed my life, it has changed the way I look at things entirely. I find it hard to take a bad photograph with this lens, it's especially fantastic for portraits or anything really. I love how versatile it is, you can easily use it in low light settings as well as outdoor natural light. No other lens even comes close.

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                  5.0

                  Great glass

                  By Nellie

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                    I use this for kids and family photography as well as video interviews. It is crisp and clear and the depth of field is amazing. It's heavy and solid. I was first considering the 50mm f/1.2 but then decided on this and I'm glad I did.

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                    5.0

                    Aewesome Lens!

                    By lrd

                    from Pittsburgh

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                      Love this lens! I was so excited when I recieved this lens, and I love using it!

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                      5.0

                      Would Buy it Again

                      By Bob on Beach

                      from Sanibel, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                      Had this for about two weeks and love it. Incredibly clear low light shots. It is expensive, but quality abounds.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love this lens

                      By Hopsing

                      from Arkansas

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                      Well build, fast and accurate focus

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      The Mac Daddy of lenses

                      By Amanda Sarge

                      from Bakersfield, Ca

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                      I've had this lens for about a year and a half now and I find it on my camera more than ANY other lens. Its versatile and good in low light.

                      It was my first expensive lens purchase and I was bit apprehensive at first but once I started shooting with it I never looked back!

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding images

                      By Steve King

                      from Albany, New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                            I got this lens exactly one week ago at B&H. My first "real" picture with it was a posed theater shot under the stage lights for use as a lobby display. The separation of the groupings of actors in the shot was almost like 3D. The color rendition was outstanding. It was shot with my 6D at a distance of about 20' using a monopod, ISO 800, f5.6, 1/25th.
                            As with any wide lens, you need to remind yourself of inherent pitfalls: distortion and softness at the edges at wide-open aperatures. But that's just part of the package and shouldn't really be viewed as a negative. I haven't used prime lenses since my days of film through an F-1. Now I will definitely be scouting out other primes in the "L" class. I think this lens is going to be on the camera quite a bit.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Lens!

                            By Mikeusan

                            from Honolulu, Hawaii

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                            i just love how this focal length is perfect for everyday uses. i use this lens everywhere i go and its perfect! when i shoot weddings this gives me perfect space when shooting the bride and groom getting ready in tight spaces. shooting in low light it really impressive, the wide aperture it gives doesn't disappoint. the only thing it could really improve on is the durability. i don't like how its plastic for an "L" lens and it should be water resistant. if you're spending that much money for lens, i expect to have great product that last for a while. overall amazing lens! get it!

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                            5.0

                            Best Lens in mt collection

                            By Katie

                            from Philadelphia, PA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                              Incredible!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              super lens wide open

                              By Pavel

                              from Boston

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                              I bought this lens to complement my 17-40 f4L and 70-200 ISf4L because I missed one lens for taking pictures mainly indoor without flash. I was thinking about the 50mm too, but I choosed 35mm because it is wider. I shoot with it several times and it is really gooood. The options were new Sigma 35mmf1.4 and new canon 35mmf2IS but I decided to go for L because one extra stop over the canon and future compatibility over the Sigma. I think canon will release new 35mm soon to beat Sigma (right now we are comparing new technology with about 15years old one). The only question I'm solving right now is if to keep it or return and wait for the new 35mm f1.4L II, but as I expect it will be more expensive :(

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                              5.0

                              Crispy Images

                              By Loveblissimaging

                              from Kauai

                              Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                              Sharp! Nice and crispy, AF quick with the 5D MKIII

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                              5.0

                              Simply the best glass!!

                              By Kelvyn

                              from New York

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Night Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                                This lens is perfect for portrait and events.

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                                5.0

                                Great portrait landscape lens

                                By SMAphotograpy

                                from Boston

                                Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

                                Beautiful colors and very clear image

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