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Bower35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (27)
  • Consistent output (23)
  • Durable (20)
  • Strong construction (20)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Weak casing (4)

Best Uses

  • Video (34)
  • Low light (31)
  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Night photography (20)
  • Weddings (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (41)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My favorite lens by far for full frame.

-On full frame, the 35mm field-of-view is the best standard lens. You can use this lens everywhere.
-Having a f/1.4 aperture on a 35mm lens on full frame lets you get...Read complete review

-On full frame, the 35mm field-of-view is the best standard lens. You can use this lens everywhere.
-Having a f/1.4 aperture on a 35mm lens on full frame lets you get shallow depth of field while still showing a wide angle, which can give really stunning and really unique photos.
-This lens is amazing. The build quality is as good as Canon L lenses. The image quality exceeds the Canon, Nikon, Zeiss, and Leica 35mm f/1.4 lenses. It is sharp in the full frame corners at 1.4, which is unheard of for any lens. At 1.4, you have an incredibly sharp fast prime. Stop it down and you have an incredibly perfect landscape lens.
-It is manual focus and manual aperture. If you need to get quick shots, or if out-of-focus shots are unacceptable, this lens is a no-go. Otherwise, buy a special focusing screen (Eg-S) and you will be very happy with the quality of the MF ring and the control you get with such a manual lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Delicate

I bought one of these last August. It was incredibly perfect: wide open until the diffraction limit was exactly the same sharpness, whether photographing stars at infinity or macros up close. Vignetting on...Read complete review

I bought one of these last August. It was incredibly perfect: wide open until the diffraction limit was exactly the same sharpness, whether photographing stars at infinity or macros up close. Vignetting on aps-c was nil, sharpness was awesome, and there was no CA or purple fringing even wide open.

Then it rolled off my desk and fell a foot onto my padded office chair, and the rear focusing group became loose and decentered. I sent it to Bower, and they charged me 200 dollars to get it replaced.

But the (new, not refurbished) lens that they sent back was poor quality. The lens never sharpened up, even at f/8, and the focal plane was tilted: the lens focused farther away on the left side than on the right. I sent that one back too, and the third copy they sent me was passable, but still not nearly as sharp as my first copy.

Long story short: if you get a good one, be careful with it, because it's easily damaged.

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5.0

Amazing Quality!!

By Luismanuel

from Florida

Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

Great image, this lens feels amazing. Is great for shooting video. The DOF is awesome too!

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4.0

Sharp Lens!

By Tom Antos

from NYC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Night Photography
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

So far so good with this lens. Does everything it's supposed to. It's sharp and has nice colors. Also solidly built but a bit big and heavy. Still can't complain.

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5.0

lens... smooth

By jugadiel

from Puerto Rico

Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

This lens is clear and smooth like me ...

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5.0

Great Lens!

By StoxGenerator

from Calgary, AB

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

    I bought this lens as a Christmas present to myself. I shoot stock footage with a Canon 5D Mark ii and I was looking for a fast, wide lens and I don't need automatic control. Even on my 24-105 Canon I usually turn off auto focus and adjust exposure myself.

    This lens has a good feel to it. The lens cap fits a bit loose and is prone to falling off, though. Focus ring is tight. The aperture ring feels a bit sticky. I'm hoping it loosens up.

    For image quality, the lens has been out on a couple of winter shoots with me and it delivers. Focus is crisp. I played around with a grad nd and I picked up some great shallow DOF shots, even on a snowy landscape. I think it's the perfect compliment to my kit. I'll be looking at the 85mm 1.4 next. I'd post a link to the shots, but it looks like I'm not allowed.

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    4.0

    Amazing lens!

    By Bethany

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

      This lens is absolutely amazing! I do more freelance photography than as a full time occupation, but I am usually working with people or young children. The one thing I failed to recognize about the specifications on this lens is that it does not have an auto focus option. Since I do more work with young children and people, manually focusing a lens on a constant moving subject is extremely difficult. I would recommend this lens to anyone doing more still life or architectural work since you would have the time to perfect a shot and focus on a still subject.

      Unfortunately, I will be sending the lens back to get the same model, only in an auto focus. But luckily, B&H is very prompt with orders and sending them out for delivery! I received mine very quickly and was impressed with the service - which is something I cannot say for all companies such as these.

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      4.0

      Great lens for video.

      By Pez Gordo

      from Montevideo, UY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

        It's a great lens for video shooting.
        Great Bokeh, very sharp.

        The focus ring is very precise, very long focus pulling.

        You get ver narrow depths of field when used at 1.4 wich is usually what you aim for on these lenses.

        I think there's nothing like it for this price range.

        It's rather heavy if you are going to use it handheld for long time at awkward angles it can drain your arms.

        The iris ring is way at the back and if you have big fingers is not the most confortable to use, but it's not a big issue.

        Hood is poorly build. Not easy to put in or out quickly.

        Exactly the same lens is sold with different brands (Rokinon, Samyang, etc.) so pick the cheapest one.

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        5.0

        Rivals Canon L lenses!

        By khoalister

        from New Orleans

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

        I really love this lense. Pros: For a lens in the $[$] market, it is it's own King. Although it can open wide to 1.4, it is best at 2.5-4.0, providing clear sharpness. The fact that it can open to f/ 1.4 is quite impressive and the "bokeh" is amazing.Cons: It's HUGE! But it'll impress the crowd when pulled out! Although it is a manual, I prefer it that way.Over all, it gets the job done.

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        5.0

        affordable basic prime - fast and sharp

        By Foto-Ninja (The Original)

        from South Georgia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • No Communication To Camer

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

        It is exactly what it claims to be. A fast and sharp prime lens. If you can live without AF and don't want to spend $$$ this lens is right. Be aware though that on a Canon there is no communication between lens and camera, which means f-stop indicator will read 00 and also put that into your metadata (so keep track of what's manually selected on the lens) However, the camera internal lightmeter still works as advertised.

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        3.0

        You get what you pay for

        By Aria Photographer

        from San Antonio, Texas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

        I am just starting out my photography business, so I am on a small budget, but badly needed a standard wide angle lens. I did not realize that this does not have an autofocus that works with my Canon 5D, mark iii, and although it does produce sharp images when you have the time to tweak it, you run the risk of blurry images when working with fast moving subjects, like children or rock bands. (I shoot a wide range of subjects.) So, yes I like this for landscapes, real estate, maybe product, but not people. You live, you learn, you get more expensive, higher quality lenses.

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        4.0

        Superb shallow depth of field!

        By Fern

        from Sunny Isles Beach, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • No Auto Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

        Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

        Great image quality!!

        If you are shooting video I remcommend always using a tripod with this lens. The lens does not have a stabilizer. Smooth wide focus ring, helps a lot when shooting video. Other lenses usually have a thin focus ring and it's usually very loose.

        Overall, great lens for the price!!

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        4.0

        Nice grain.

        By Brook

        from Mi

        Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

        A nice lens with film quality.

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        5.0

        "Great Buy!"

        By iMedia

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

          I absolutely love this lens, for it complements my Canon 6D quite well. Its fast, and gives an image that is superb.

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          5.0

          Good Lense

          By Nizar

          from Saudi Arabia

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

              Good Lense for videography as well as photography

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              5.0

              Amazing

              By Winkler Photography

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

              This is a great lens for the price. I have seen many others just like this for way more. I was worried when I saw how "cheap" this was. I received it and was very pleased that it is a heavy and durable lens. ONLY ONE ISSUE, once you get the lighting correctly set and start focusing with the eyepiece, it doesn't seem to come out perfectly focused even though it seems to be to your own eye. I tried many different things to fix this but I decided that you must use the live view feature (as I have on my Canon Rebel T3) to focus on your object or scene to perfect the focus. Other than that slight downside, it is truly a great lens. But a big investment that is worth it in the end.

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              5.0

              Excellent Fast Lens - Great Price!

              By RightAfterThis

              from North Hollywood, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

                  We're upgrading our studio's Panasonic AF100 with some new Canon-compatible lenses and it's hard to go wrong with this Bower. Lots of light pass-through to get a really shallow depth of field, and construction feels pretty solid. Right out of the box the images we're getting look brilliant.

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                  5.0

                  Fast and Sharp

                  By Oily Rag

                  from Brisbane, Australia

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

                    Used on Canon 600D with consistent results. Once the manual focus is mastered, the true capabilities in low light are revealed. Video at dusk is possible and the focus ring smooth and quick to operate. The original lens hood clicks firmly into place. B&H delivered the lens and two filters to Australia in less than 10 days. I found other reviews on the B&H very useful for this lens using the i-pad app. I have used the lens with Hoya 77mm UV Pro Digital and original lens hood and with Polaroid 77 Neutral Density Fader Filer with no lens hood. The Bower branded copy of this lens is of high quality and a reasonable price. No chip, no motors, no zoom and manual aperture means a basic reliable lens with no limits to creativity.

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                    4.0

                    Exactly what a Budget filmmaker needs

                    By Johnny D

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Video

                      Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

                      Great build quality, smooth action, and at 1.4, image is still sharp. I found correctly focusing to infinity is actually just a hair before you get to the infinity marker on the lens itself.

                      for Photos, its a tad soft, but what lens is not soft at 1.4?!?!?!

                      Im too used to autofocus, I wouldnt recommend this for sports, as the autofocus is something im still working.

                      Im keepin this lens for sure

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                      5.0

                      Superb for Video

                      By Michael

                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Not Weatherproof

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

                      This lens is fantastic for video--beautiful for interviews, artsy fartsy b-roll, and anything else aided by selective focus. Great in low light, smooth focus wheel allows for easy pulling/racking (great drag--in a pinch I've been able to produce steady, totally usable shots without a FF), and feels nice and solid in construction. Some people might find it a tad heavy--but I tend to like a bit of weight. Works equally nicely as a 50ish mm on a crop-sensor body (I've tried with T3i and T2i, really happy with the results).

                      This isn't what I'd consider a great "run-and-gun" lens--it's not weatherproof, and the really striking footage I've gathered with it has come largely from well-planned/blocked shots. That's not to say it isn't versatile: looks good wavering around on a shoulder mount for your indie drama dialogue scenes. Gets sharp on those limpid eyes for the documentary interview. Picks up plenty of light for that driving-through-the-city-at-night shot in your music video. Used appropriately, this lens will add creative options to any production. The price point is such a great value...if you're not prepared to splurge 3-4 times as much for the Zeiss 35mm 1.4, I see no reason to look any further. This is the fast video glass you've been looking for.

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                      2.0

                      Too Good to be True... Disappointed

                      By Jonnyo814

                      from Hartford, CT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Price

                      Cons

                      • Quality control
                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

                      Had to receive two of these lenses before deciding to call it quits and get a refund all together. BH was great about the whole thing, as usual. My issues with the lens stream mainly from what I assume to be the factory's quality control.

                      The first lens that came to me had a small scratch on one of the inner pieces of glass. Didn't seem to affect the image so much, but it just really turned me off and I sent out for a new one. Nevertheless, that kind of imperfection unacceptable on a new lens.

                      This second, and last lens, I decided to send back because of the play (movement) of the front focal piece inside the lens housing. Unlike some lenses, where the front piece moves outside of the housing for focusing, this one moves with in it. This left a small space around the front piece and would knock around when moving up and down and side to side. I just couldn't have that for the video work I intended to use it for. The first lens I received didn't have this issue, so I just started to get a bad feeling about Bower in general.

                      All in all I really wanted this lens to work out and wish that the company would just tighten up their quality control, because this really would be a great bargain especially for us dslr video users.

                      Sorry to say, but I would pass on this one folks.

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                      4.0

                      Great Lens for video

                      By Quint dad

                      from Austin Texas

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Focus Ring Is Smooth
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • No Auto Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon:

                      I am a professional corporate videographer using the Canon 7D. We had been using the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens for a long time and it has worked fairly well but we wanted something a little wider for interviewing in more confined spaces. This lens was fairly low cost and does a great job. I'll give the pros and cons I have seen:

                      Cons: It doesn't have any auto anything so autofocus doesn't work and the iris or F stop has to be controlled manually. It is also a bit larger than the Canon equivalent I think.

                      Pros: It is WAY less expensive than the Canon 3mm f/1.4. If feels like quality. I have only tested it in the studio but it seems to be high quality and seems to be fairly sharp as well but, as I said, I am using it for video.

                      Over all, for video, I would highly recommend this lens if you don't rely too much on auto focus or auto iris features of the camera.

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