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CanonEF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 105 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (78)
  • Lightweight (74)
  • Nice bokeh (59)
  • Consistent output (52)
  • Easily interchangeable (34)

Cons

  • Price (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (70)
  • Landscape/scenery (57)
  • Weddings (49)
  • Night photography (42)
  • Video (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (87)

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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5.0

Awesome Wide Angle Video Lens

By SensoryoftheDeprived

from Fort White, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

      Verified Buyer

      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

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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

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                4.0

                vary good I use it as one my faverets

                By tom

                from northbergen NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  landscapes and cityscapes..

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                  5.0

                  Negative reviews are inexplicable

                  By Brett

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens is superb in every regard

                    1. Sharp edge to edge
                    2. IS functions very well
                    3. Very pleasing bokeh
                    4. Light, small, inconspicuous
                    5. Low distortion
                    6. Good CA control
                    7. Fast, precise AF
                    8. Close focusing

                    This is the best handheld lens made by Canon and it performs brilliantly at night.

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                    3.0

                    Great lens, BUT Hood Sold Separately

                    By Viktor

                    from grafxstudio

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Expansive
                    • No lens hood

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Great lens, Sharp and fast, perfect for street photography. BUT Lens Hood Sold Separately!!!??? Canon Fail!......

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                    5.0

                    EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens by Canon

                    By Jim

                    from Fircrest, Washington

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video

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

                      Unbelievable sharpness, saw reviews that gave it great scores, it's so worth the purchase for sure. Works great on my 70D for shooting video. With the 'IS' and F/2 aperture, I've had great results with the quality and with the stabilization of the vide

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                      5.0

                      Great everyday lens

                      By Jon

                      from NYC

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          I'm a beginning photographer who is taking a photo class this summer. My professor recommended I get a fixed focal length lens and I decided on this one after reading the reviews. I am very happy so far with the picture quality and ease of use. I especially like using the manual focus which is super easy to learn. Its a great lens!

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                          4.0

                          Great Lens, but No Hood situation...

                          By Viktor

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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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
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            It's a very nice lens. Accurate and very sharp. I love it as my every day street photography default lens. The only one thing which disappoint me - Canon doesn't provide lens hood for this lens. Original price of this lens was around $[*]. Now it's $[*]0 and no Lens Hood? Of course you can buy it separately for almost $60 which is ridiculous to pay $[*] for a lens and then extra 60 for a piece of plastic which should come with it by default. It's like buying a lens without front and rear cap. SMH Canon Fail! I had my doubts about this lens first - since it is my first non-L lens. And usually Canon non-L lenses are very plastic and cheap. But this lens feels solid - not as solid as Zeiss 35 Distagon all metal tanks, but still very solid, nice round bokeh, smooth focusing ring.

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                            5.0

                            IS is wonderful

                            By Jeff

                            from Worthington, Oh

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              IS proved its worth when I photographed cannons being fired during 4th of July presentation of 1812 overture. I jumped every time but not a blurred image in the bunch!

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