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CanonEF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 625 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (547)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (524)
  • Consistent output (389)
  • Strong construction (375)
  • Nice bokeh (366)
  • Durable (333)

Cons

  • Heavy (82)
  • Slow focus (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • No weather sealing (8)
  • Weak casing (7)

Best Uses

  • Low light (435)
  • Weddings (352)
  • Night photography (326)
  • Landscape/scenery (281)
  • Video (141)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (193), Semi-pro photographer (160), Photo enthusiast (131), Casual photographer (33), Enthusiast (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (434), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Canon's best narrator.

The only lens that I use on my 5DII. Beautiful contrast and colour rendering. Snappy focus. Well balanced when attached to the camera body. In my opinion it renders better that my 35mm...Read complete review

The only lens that I use on my 5DII. Beautiful contrast and colour rendering. Snappy focus. Well balanced when attached to the camera body. In my opinion it renders better that my 35mm Summilux, however that may be due to the M9 sensor limitations. The 35L saves me a lot of time when post-processing. It needed minor in camera adjustments in order to focus accurately. I've uploaded some sample photos for the curious amongst the community.

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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

Love this lens!

By L

from Houston, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Sharp and Fast. Love it!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Value

    By Kodachrome Karl

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This is a great L series lens at an incredible price point. If you're shooting hand held in low light, this lens buys you two stops compared to an f/2.8. That means that instead of shooting wide open at 1/30th, you might be able to shoot wide open at 1/125th. There's a huge difference in camera shake issues.

      This lens is not terribly heavy. It is sharp. It's a great lens to take in a low light kit in combination with that other Canon Gem, the 135 f/2L.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Just Felt Right

      By JimmyP

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Lens Hood - See Review

      Best Uses

      • Street Photography

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

      I have been shooting with Canon lenses for about 10 years, and this is without a doubt the lens that felt most right to me right out of the gate. Fast to focus, nice field of view, beautiful bokeh. It's the ultimate tool for the kind of shooting I do most - street photography and street portraits. The only thing I really didn't like was just the lens hood - it's not smooth to slide on or off, or put on the camera backwards, and for a lens at this price point, the plastic that goes with it should work perfectly.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect Lens, Quick Turn-around

      By MarcyHarrisPhotos

      from Columbus, Ohio

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

      I ordered this lens and it was shipped to be within 3 days. Was really impressed as it came before I expected. The lens itself is perfect. Considered trying the Sigma 35 Art especially because of the incredible price point, but stuck with my Canon and it does not disappoint. I'm used to shooting around 2/2.8 with my other lenses because that's as low as I can go, and it is so sharp and gorgeous at this aperture. But the fact that it shoots so crisp and clean at 1.4 is even better for me, as I shoot often in low light situations. So happy with my purchase. Thank you!

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens for weddings and events

      By BeckyCarp

      from Milwaukee WI

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

      Lens for weddings and events. Quick focus, great clarity, great at the field with the shallow aperture.

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      5.0

      Wonderful lens! Exceeds expectations

      By Steph

      from Hammond, LA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Wonderful in lower light
        Great for portraits

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Handy specialized lens

        By Trevor

        from Illinois

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I use this lens primarily for environmental portraits. I recently purchased it as a more specialized option over my 16-35 at full zoom. I have nothing negative to say and it meets my expectations well. It's nice that these older models are still available as I would not have paid the extra for the II version. Once calibrated on my camera, I am dependent on the auto-focus at narrow apertures and I'm not having any issues there. Quality is pretty good at 1.4 but I tend to stay 1/2 stop above it. Not so much for quality but to provide myself some consistency with the narrow DoP. Great choice of lens, high quality, great output for these types of photographs.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this lens!

            By Kelly

            from Florida

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

            I just got this lens in after using a 35 1.8 and it is amazing ! A lot of people were telling me to get the Simga but I'm glad I stuck to canon! I have used it for portrait and also shooting a concert in a small venue.

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            5.0

            Love this lens!

            By Jfitz

            from Florida

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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

            It gives me a wider view than the 50mm which I needed for my small studio space. Perfect "tweener" lens when you already own a 50 and the 24-70.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolute favorite in the bag!

            By jpski

            from Milwaukee, WI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

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

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

            This lens with 5d lll body is a wonderful combination. Magic!
            I was concerned about feeling a bit constricted, having used mostly my 16-35 for travel shooting, but found the 16-35 stayed mostly in the bag on our Grand Canyon trip. I wanted to capture as much detail as possible and found that the 16-35 mostly moved detail away. When I wanted to capture more information I would shoot 3 or 4 pans and stitch together with stellar results. Honestly, I know there is a new 35 version, but I don't see how it could be much better, really!! This is the one.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Get it while you can

            By d

            from PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use this lens for journalism work, I have only had it a few weeks now but wanted to review it as it is likely to be discontinued in favor of the II. I have used it at night in nearly unlit alleys and crime scenes, and flat lit interiors and environmental portraiture. I have been very pleased with the performance, it is a "narrative" lens that is fast enough to allow for lower ISO in minimal light. For me this makes enough of a difference that form now on if it is really really dark I will use this over my 16-35 2.8 which is my main workhorse. Autofocus performance is great in good light and roughly equivalent to the 16-35 in low light. The contrast color and sharpness all appear better than the zoom to my eye (my eye is not perfect) and when using it for environmental portraiture I feel like it has "the look" I am after. It handles light sources pleasently, occasionally there is some haze halos around lights wide open but it is not overly distracting. I am really pleased, I think I will consider replacing my mid-zoom with a 50 prime in the coming years. Obviously the II will have some performance improvements it sounds like it is even sharper, but most of my work ends up online not on billboards so I jumped on this while it was still in stock. In all honesty I highly doubt I could tell the difference between the two under real world conditions at screen or newsprint resolutions. Many of you have super vision or do commercial work, you will probably prefer the II.

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            (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Terrific Lens with a learning curve

            By Tripper

            from McKinney, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I am an amateur photographer who has gotten serious with my work the last few years. I shoot a Canon 70 D and this is my first Prime Lens and my first L series lens. Out of the box I went out shooting and had one bad result after another...all on me, not the lens. None of my current lenses approach the 1.4 speed of this beauty and I consistently failed to properly gage the DOF and ended up with a number of 'soft' images. I then mounted my camera on a tripod and shot a series of objects lined up on the dining room table, all focused on the first object at each of the possible 17 f stops. Reviewing my work I was surprised how shallow the DOF is at the fastest speeds. My shots at 1.4 are now sharp, but correct focus and proper shot planning help me avoid the 'soft' shots I had out of the box. So...if this is your first fast, quality lens, I advise taking some time to learn what it can do. Once you do that you I believe you will be as pleased as I am with this purchase.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              so happy

              By dilinda

              from fort lauderdale, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portrait

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

              it's been a while that i have been saving to buy a new lens... i just this lens after all .... and i don't regret. such a good quality, much better then what i was expecting... the only think... is a little bit heavy for me. I am petite and not much strength in my arms...

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              (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Canon's best narrator.

              By KZ

              from Vancouver, BC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  The only lens that I use on my 5DII. Beautiful contrast and colour rendering. Snappy focus. Well balanced when attached to the camera body. In my opinion it renders better that my 35mm Summilux, however that may be due to the M9 sensor limitations. The 35L saves me a lot of time when post-processing. It needed minor in camera adjustments in order to focus accurately. I've uploaded some sample photos for the curious amongst the community.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Just do it.

                  By jlv39

                  from Grand Rapids, MI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • 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 debated over making this purchase for a long time, and I'm so glad I finally did it.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great lens!

                    By yw

                    from cleveland, ohio

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

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

                      Great lens for babies - lets you be right nearby while taking pictures.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love it!

                      By Jim the Runner

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography

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

                      I use this lens for human and dog portaits. I love the high f-stop, although it gives a very specific look.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great lense

                      By steve

                      from Utah

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

                      I do a lot of landscape photography and the photos
                      Are tack Sharp from the start at 14~20 f stop. Real sweet lenses, a true need for landscape.

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                      5.0

                      Good performance as expected

                      By Hongtao

                      from Kirkland, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      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
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        This lens is fast and light. Very good performance for indoor use.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Stunning glass....but at a price

                        By British Guy

                        from London

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          Fantastic performance in all light conditions. Great night shots. It is an expensive piece of glass but worth every penny (cent) if you want top results.

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