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CanonEF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 112 reviews)

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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

VS

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

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    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

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        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

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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

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              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

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                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

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                  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

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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

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                    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

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                    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

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                      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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