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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens USA

You Pay: $599.00

Mail-In Rebate: -$50.00

Offer ends: JAN 31 '15
Price after rebate: $549.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2-22
  • Glass Molded Aspherical Element (GMo)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic AF Motor & Rear Focusing
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Micro-Stepping Drive
  • Low-Speed Focus Drive for Video
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.48"
  • Eight Blade Circular Aperture

The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens from Canon is a wide-angle prime lens with a fast maximum aperture. It is ideal as an everyday lens and is very effective in low light conditions

The lens' ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM), rear focusing system, and high-speed CPU--with optimized AF algorithms--ensure that you experience quick, quiet and precise autofocus action. Its circular eight-bladed diaphragm gives pleasing, soft background effects, and a Glass Molded (GMo) aspherical lens element minimizes aberrations and contributes to higher image quality out to the edges of the frame.

Adjust focus using either autofocus (AF), or full-time manual focus, without having to switch modes or change camera settings. Optical Image Stabilization (IS) gives up to 4 shutter speed stops of compensation against the blur caused by camera shake, providing clearer images when shooting in low light. A micro-stepping drive provides quieter operation and a low speed focus drive delivers optimal results when shooting video.

 

Optical Image Stabilization (IS)
Canon's optical Image Stabilization provides four stops of effective shutter speed compensation for camera shake, and can detect normal shooting or panning and automatically switch to the optimal IS mode. This means you can shoot in dimmer conditions, capturing images with shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible.
Glass Molded Aspherical Element (GMo)
A single Glass Molded (GMo) aspherical lens element achieves high image quality with improved performance in the edges of the lens.
Rear Focusing & Ultrasonic Motor (USM)
A ring-type USM, high-speed CPU with optimized AF algorithms, and rear-focusing system combine to enable silent and fast autofocusing to help you focus right on the action.
Full-Time Manual Focus Override
With this lens, you have access to full-time manual focus for manual adjustment even while in AF mode.
Micro‐Stepping Drive Aperture
The construction of the aperture mechanism uses micro-stepping drive control for quieter operation during each shot.
Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.48"
This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9.48" (24 cm).
8x Circular Diaphragm Blades
With eight circular blades, the lens' diaphragm delivers very pleasant, soft bokeh background effects.
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 56 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
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 9.48" (24.08 cm)
Magnification 0.24x
Elements/Groups 10/8
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.07 x 2.46" (77.9 x 62.6 mm)
Weight 11.82 oz (335 g)
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
  • E-67 II 67mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 112 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (85)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (84)
    • Lightweight (79)
    • Nice bokeh (64)
    • Consistent output (56)
    • Easily interchangeable (37)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Poor in low light (4)
    • Price (4)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (76)
    • Landscape/scenery (63)
    • Weddings (54)
    • Night photography (44)
    • Video (33)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (92), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tested both 1.4L and 2.0 USM

    I Initially bought the 1.4 about 3 days before B&H put this on their website, I then bought this lens to test both lenses and see which fit my needs better. I...Read complete review

    I Initially bought the 1.4 about 3 days before B&H put this on their website, I then bought this lens to test both lenses and see which fit my needs better. I will give you a quick overview of what i found about both lenses. This conclusion was based using a chart, and my 5d mk2. This is my second 1.4L as well as the one i bought a year earlier i needed to return for money issues. And this recent model was a much better performing lens then my past 1.4L.

    The 1.4L
    Pros
    -Better construction
    -more professional feeling
    -Max 1.4 for great selective focus.

    Cons
    -Cooler color Temp (as per my testing)
    -Worse and noticeable CA (for you who do not know, when you get to the corners of the image, you get ghosting of green and purple tints around details)
    -Equal Falloff at Max Aperture as the USM

    The 2.0 USM
    Pros
    -Lightweight
    -IS
    -INCREDIBLY more sharp then the 1.4 @ 1.4 and 2.0 corner to corner. The 2.0 USM is sharper throughout the frame then the 1.4L. Even when stopping down to f4, on both lenses they are equal sharpness but the CA is still worse on the 1.4L
    -VERY minimal and unnoticeable CA if any.
    -Bokeh is much smoother then the 1.4L as it has rounded blades for more circular OFF (Out of Focus) blurs.
    -Color temp was warmer (Which i prefer but all can be altered in photoshop).
    -IS is silent and much better then the previous IS motors on earlier lenses.

    Cons
    -Overpriced
    -Cheap plastic construction
    -No lens hood yet
    -Max aperture at 2.0

    Conclusion:
    The 35 F2 USM is a great performing lens and the 2.0 is the perfect formulation for the 35mm focal length. It performs way better then the 1.4 optically. The 1.4L is better built and you can feel the quality put into that lens. The price for the 35 f2 is overpriced just because of the cheap plastics it is built with, but Canon figures that it is an amazing performer that they can charge that price and people who know will pay for it, IN both video (IS is a great plus for videographers) and photography.

    I am returning the 1.4L just because of its weaker performance optically, higher price tag (but not by much). And the f2 will benefit me with handheld videos during weddings and various projects that require video. Its too bad the f2 isnt an L Glass with metal construction bc i would pay for that in a heartbeat without hesitation.

    If you are debating between the 1.4L and the 2.0 USM and can wait alittle longer, Wait until the price goes down for the 2.0 USM because $100-$200 decrease this lens should be in everyones bag. Also i was considering the Sigma but the various Auto-focusing issues (Back or Forward Focus) scared me, since i did not want to keep changing lenses to search for that perfect lens.

    I hope this helped you decide on the lens. Good luck

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Better than my L zooms @ 35

    I find myself reaching for Prime lenses for the edge they offer over their zoom counterparts.

    My biggest complaint with this lens would be the severe vignetting (light fall off as you...Read complete review

    I find myself reaching for Prime lenses for the edge they offer over their zoom counterparts.

    My biggest complaint with this lens would be the severe vignetting (light fall off as you get further from the center of the frame.)

    On a FF body, you lose 3 (!) stops of light by the corners when shooting at f/2.0

    (i.e. f/5.6 in the corners.)

    For APSC / Crop sensor users, the corner fall off isn't nearly as bad. (1 stop) Wide open.

    Be sure to update your EOS Utility if you want to add In-Camera correction (on supported bodies.)

    That aside! The lens performs great. The Image stabilizer gives me tac sharp / tripod like images down to 1/5th of a second, allowing me to take landscape photo's handheld at low ISO and narrow apertures.

    Longer than 1/5th is entirely possible, and you may get lucky with a few keepers at even 1 second handheld, but that's kind of pushing it.

    While sharp wide open; by f/4 it's about as good as it gets, and vignetting is much improved.

    If shooting shallow DOF is important to you, the Sigma may be a better lens.

    For me; I perfer the ability to put more in focus at lower ISO's

    for example:

    35mm f/4.0 ISO 400 @ 1/5 on Canon

    v.s.

    35mm f/4.0 ISO 6400 @ 1/80 on Sigma

    (Assuming the 4-stop stabilizer figure is to be beleived.)

    The Canon can also get closer and offers better MM.

    Note: It's not that you CANT get good pictures at f/2; the vignetting can definately be corrected in post, and it might even be desirable for the effect your after.

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    3.0

    Decent but too noisy for video

    By anarchist

    from New Haven CT

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

    It's a good lens, decent build, AF struggles in artificial light.
    IS makes this lens very expensive and heavy, and it's mostly useless for such bright lens with short FL. AF is loud and lens is not suitable for video or Live View.

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    5.0

    L lense quality with reasonable price

    By dbuilder

    from Anaheim, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

      This lense is very sharp and fast AF. I believe it is one of the most well built canon lense. If you are not a big fan of background blur, this is your best choice.

      I am completely satisfied and will keep it for good.

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      5.0

      Love this lens!

      By funincolorado

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Family Photography
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Natural light
      • Pets

      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

      I recently started taking photography classes and initially started out buying the Canon EOS Rebel T5i (body only) and a 50 mm prime lens. After getting into the photography more, I needed another lens! When inside or in tight spaces, I needed a wider angle on the lens. So I finally was able to purchase this lens, getting the free shipping, plus the $[$] rebate. I'm very pleased with this lens. The clarity has been great, and I love using it when taking pictures of families, as the 50 mm lens was difficult at times to get all of the family members into the shot. I'm also very happy with B&H Photo as well. Great customer service!

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      5.0

      Nice lens

      By Mark

      from New England

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

        I wanted a nice relatively fast, normal'ish prime for indoor photos on my 70d. Works like a charm, and the images are outstanding, especially compared to my 24-105L.

        I did use the lens for some video, and it is a fairly loud lens during autofocus, if anyone is looking to use it in that manner.

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        5.0

        Amazing...

        By Jon

        from NY

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

          I always wanted the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, but finally chose the 35IS which is cheaper, lighter, and most likely a little more reliable.. It works perfectly with EOS 6D, and the color is very nice. Not perfect at f2 but sharp enough. Bokeh is great for a 35mm.

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          4.0

          Love This Lens!

          By Louiedi

          from Avon, CT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

            I wanted to add a 35mm prime lens to my Canon system without spending a fortune for an L series lens. Guess if I could afford an L lens, I would purchase one. That said, I wanted a "fast" f/2 35mm that would give me sharp images. This lens delivers!! I have a Canon 5D and a Canon 5D Mark III. I think this lens is special. Love the fact it has an IS system. It's light and I'm very happy. Downside is the price and it doesn't come with a shade (which I purchased separately).

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            5.0

            Indoor/Portrait/Landscape APS-C Lens

            By Frank

            from Wayland, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

              Great lens for APS-C cameras (I own a Canon 70D). 35mm lens is an effective 56mm - perfect for shooting landscapes and portraits, and, because it's an f2, it's also great for taking shots indoors without needing flash. 35mm doesn't create the wide-angle effect you get with wider angle lenses, so the shots come out looking undistorted. Expensive, but it's a lens that gets lots of use because of its versatility (especially for APS-C format cameras).

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              5.0

              Awesome Wide Angle Video Lens

              By SensoryoftheDeprived

              from Fort White, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Low Light

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                This is a great lens to shoot video. With a nice low light F stop of 2 and image stabilization this makes for a great video lens, not to mention a nice wide angle portrait lens. The build quality is above average and if you purchase it you will not be disappointed.

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                4.0

                so practical inmdoors and such clarity

                By gods chosen one

                from Michigan

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                  I owned prior a canon 100 mm macro lens which is awesome for close up but the biggest drawback is that most times you have to keep moving back to be able to fit all in. on the other hand w/ my new 35 mm w/ IS which on a 50d is equivalent to 56 mm which is what the eues sees. only used it once and cant wait to the presceptive I will be able to get from this lens

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                  5.0

                  Good image quailty

                  By SC

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                  Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                  Small and compact, very good image quailty.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By kortloff

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Lightweight travel kit
                    • Street

                    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                    Overall very happy with this lens. I think it's a great value.. Used it a lot for a music studio shoot (low lighting) and liked the results combined with my 5D MIII. My wallet liked it as well -vs- the 35L. Look forward to using it for my travel kit and general purpose lens.

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                    5.0

                    Superb !

                    By Rober

                    from São Paulo , Br

                    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                    Very nice lens !!
                    Very good in low light , landscapes , portrait , street photography , you name it , one of my favorites !! Images are super sharp , way better than my 24-105 f/4 at 35mm .

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                    4.0

                    Great Photos !

                    By Andre Vagalume

                    from Sao Paulo - Brazil

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Focus Ring Hard For Filmi

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                    Great Photos !! I bought for filming and it is great , just the focus ring is a little bit harder than I thought.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome lenses

                    By Rober

                    from São Paulo

                    Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                    Beautiful colors , very good in low light , awesome lenses .

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                    5.0

                    Love from first shot

                    By crisderaud

                    from fresno, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Bright
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Great color
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Sharp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Street photography

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                      I use this lens for snapshots that are sharp, clear and have great color. It's a little wider than the 50mm but the distortion is minimal. This allows me to capture a larger field of view, then crop the image for final composition.

                      The wide aperture, fiels of view and close focusing capabilities allow me to get good shots in tight, dark places.

                      The build quality is just as good as any of the plastic body EF Canon lenses. The quality of the lens glass is exceptional. No chromatic aberration on trees against a blue sky. An excellent lens for shooting into sunsets.

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                      5.0

                      Really good lens!!!

                      By Jahvy

                      from Texas

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                      Awesome lens for the price. Highly recommended

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                      5.0

                      Nice Lens

                      By dabao

                      from New York, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                      It a great lens. Can't stop shooting with it.

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                      4.0

                      Great lense, a little pricey

                      By AMP

                      from Charleston, SC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                        Love the lense, didn't love the price. I like the wide-angle and being able to stay close to subject and get a full shot. Highly recommend buying this product from B&H. Customer service in wonderful and product arrives super fast!

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                        4.0

                        Good and light weight performer

                        By Kermitthehermit

                        from Madison, WI

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Sharp Stopped Down

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                          This lens was purchased to use with a 5DMIII for photo journalism and landscapes. Not great wide open (too much vignetting, visible bokeh fringing, not sharp enough), but very good by f/2.8 and excellent from f/4 to f/8 where it will be used most. Focusing is fast and sure. Stabilization is a relief to have indoors. Foreground bokeh can be a bit harsh in landscapes, but that is typical of the wide angle lenses that I have used. Overall build quality is fine. Not weather sealed, but the focusing is internal and the tolerances seem tight, so this probably won't be a problem. Love the fact that it is compact and light; perfect for a small kit that doesn't intimidate people and easy to carry around on vacation. At this price, the lens should come with a hood and pouch.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By none

                          from Rochester, MN

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens:

                            I haven't used prime lens for sometime, I was caught up in easy to use zooms. This lens has reminded me as to how good primes are. I know that it isn't a L lens, but the sharpness, contrast and colors that come through make this a great lens. i use it on my 70D and 50D and I like it with the crop factor.

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