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Bower35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon
 
4.5

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (31)
  • Consistent output (27)
  • Durable (23)
  • Strong construction (23)
  • Easily interchangeable (17)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Weak casing (4)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (38)
  • Low light (34)
  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Night photography (24)
  • Weddings (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (18), Pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (3), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Lens!!

This is my first non-Canon Lens, I was going for the Zeiss 35mm 1.4 but when I found out about this lens, couldn't belive the price and in most reviews and comparisons this lens...Read complete review

This is my first non-Canon Lens, I was going for the Zeiss 35mm 1.4 but when I found out about this lens, couldn't belive the price and in most reviews and comparisons this lens was the winner.

Unfortunately the first copy of the lens I recived was defective, it seems to be that one of the elements inside the lens had shifted and was producing highlights with a gosth towards the left, this is why I didn't rated it 5 stars. I sent it back to B&H and got a new copy, this one is perfect.

It takes time to get used to the manual focus and manual aperture but I'm already loving it. The only real downside is that it does not have any electronics to comunicate with the camera, so exposure in aperture priority mode is no really that accurate, most of the time the image is brighter that it looked in the view mode.

Definetly worth the price and more!!!.

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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

Great Quality Lens

By Chantelerin

from Newark, NJ

About Me Photography Student

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

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

    Overall a wonderful camera lens for video/photography. The focus ring is very smooth and the focal length is great for landscape shots. Not too heavy at all. The only thing that would make it better would be an autofocus feature.

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    5.0

    Fantastic lens

    By Coleman

    from Terre Haute, Indiana

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Minimum Focus Distance
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is a fantastic lens and I love the results I get out of it. The one thing I would like to note that one should take in to consideration before actually buying it is the size. It is large and heavy and fairly annoying to carry around. However, if it were significantly smaller the price would skyrocket and I wouldn't have bought it in the first place. Really, you may say you don't mind carrying it around now but be certain before you buy this.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Amazing lens!

    By Kristinn

    from Reykjavik, Iceland

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

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

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

    I have this lens with the Balckmagic Cinema Camera and it's amazing, the focus is smooth and consistent and overall an amazing lens.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    GREAT FOR VIDEO

    By TeamCanon

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

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

    Great lens for people looking into shooting for video.No need to spend an extra $ for the cine lens. I managed to declick the apeture ring myself from a youtube video.

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    5.0

    Sharp and Smooth

    By JG

    from Baltimore

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Sharp Focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Very sharp focus, with a remarkably smooth focus ring. The exposure ring is clicked, which can be a boon to videographers, but there are many ways to de-click it, if needed. Highly recommended to both videographers and photographers alike.

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      4.0

      Good Value

      By profromdover

      from salt lake city, ut

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Works

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

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

        Does what it says. Remember it's manual all the way so you are in control. But for the money

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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

            Verified Buyer

            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

              Verified Buyer

              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

              Verified Buyer

              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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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