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CanonEF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 151 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (107)
  • Lightweight (94)
  • Nice bokeh (78)
  • Consistent output (72)
  • Easily interchangeable (46)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Price (4)
  • No lens hood (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (95)
  • Landscape/scenery (79)
  • Weddings (67)
  • Night photography (53)
  • Video (44)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (48), Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (117), 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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5.0

Great Street Lens

By Kat the Photogirl

from Seattle

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

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

    Great low light lens for capturing street and black and white photography.

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    5.0

    Excellent for seeing in the dark

    By SD

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

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

      Excellent lens for normal walkabout street photos, especially on travel. Also useful for food photography with limited light.

      The combination of the image stabilization with f/2 is fantastic -- in dark streets can get good results with 1/10 exposure (on a Canon 6D).

      Very, very sharp results as well, even wide-open.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By JJ

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

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

        Great affordable lens for family photos- IS really helps with indoor baby photos when not using flash.

        Pretty fast AF, not too heavy, well built.
        f/2 is enough for my purposes.

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        5.0

        Perfect for Rebel

        By West Virginia Max

        from Morgantown, WV

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          My son uses this lens on his EOS Rebel T5i, while I use it on a 6D body. This lens is a perfect match for the Rebel, because it's light, provides a a "physiological" angle of view, and has IS. It is also relatively inexpensive. On 6D, the 35 f/2 IS competes with my EF 16-40 f4/L, and while it beats the zoom in the weight department, it is clearly loosing in terms of versatility. Both are comparable optically.

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          4.0

          Love this lens

          By Thumrichphotography

          from Pensacola

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

          It is really great with minimal CH.
          A little soft at f/2, but otherwise pretty sharp.

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          5.0

          Great great for photo & video

          By Nj photo

          from NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

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

            I have used the lens for landscape shots ,videos & stills of my granddaughter. Very sharp images. You can see fine details in her eyes. I am able to get good results at 1/4 of a second for stationary objects. The background blur is good. It is much better than the original 35mm f2.0 & much better than the 50mm 1.8. It takes nice clear videos & the Image stabilization does help control the shakes. The one negative when shooting video is that you can hear the Image stabilization in your audio if it is very quiet. For my use 35mm, on a full frame camera, is wide enough for landscapes, wide enough for small group shots, & you can get pretty close without distorting features. I think you will be pleased with the build quality(it just feels very solid) & the still & video this camera outputs.

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            5.0

            Great lens for 7D

            By MIke

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

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

              Spent a lot of time reading reviews to determine what would be the most versatile lens for my 7D for capture still pics and brief video clips, and am very happy with this lens. It's easy to carry and handle, of course, and the IQ is great. I'm very happy with the video quality, and with the relatively small size, it's small enough to keep handy in order to be ready to video something at the spur of the moment. I do a lot of outdoor video projects, but it's nice to have this camera handy to get quality video at close range and/or inside a lodge at the beginning or end of a day.

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              5.0

              Love it!!

              By Nicole

              from New Jersey

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

              This lense is amazing!!! I was able to use it for landscape pictures and picutres of my dog and both came out GREAT!! It seems very steady and well made. Can't wait to take more pictures with it!!

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              5.0

              Worth it

              By Austin

              from Bend, Oregon

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • 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/2 IS USM Lens:

                MUCH more pleasing field of view on an APS-C sensor, as compared to my old 50 f/2.8. Also the bokeh is good when shot wide open.

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Jen

                from Northport

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

                Love this lens! Fast sharp and not expensive! Love shooting with it!

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                5.0

                Not Bad for $[$]

                By victor

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  I own the Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART and that lens is better than this one, however for the price you really cant go wrong with the EF 35mm f2. Its light so your neck or hand will not tire easily from holding your gear during shoots.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Amanda

                  from Florida

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

                  I love this lens!

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                  4.0

                  Good Lens, Good Value

                  By TDK

                  from Pullman, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • No lens hood

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I use this lens as a multipurpose lens that stays on my camera most of the time. It offers a lot of flexibility for low light and indoor shots, whether portraits or candids. I'm very happy with the build quality and IQ. At this price point, it seems silly for Canon to not include the lens hood - and to charge as much as they do to buy it separately. But that's typical. Overall I would recommend this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Light Light

                  By Winkle

                  from St louis

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

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

                    Used in the gym to capture cheer

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                    5.0

                    Back To The Start

                    By Islandhopper3

                    from Key Largo, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      This lens is used on a Rebel T5i, a 60D, and most recently a 6D. When I was shooting film I almost always used prime lenses, but as I transitioned to digital I found zoom lenses convenient, reasonably priced, and allowed me to carry less gear. Now, I'm rediscovering prime lenses, and remembering how a fixed focal length made me think more creatively about framing, distance, and discretion. The f2 is plenty fast for my style of photography (family activities, street photography, city scapes), and I've had nothing but exceptionally sharp images. It's my close-to-50mm equivalent for the T5i, and 60D, which is probably my favorite all purpose focal length, and on the 6D it's providing contextual width to my street imagery.

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                      4.0

                      Great low light lens

                      By Chauder

                      from Westminster, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This lens can be used in so many ways. It's light and it's good in low light. The images are sharp. For the price, it's worth the buy!

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                        5.0

                        Superb little lens for those special moments

                        By rdolivaw

                        from Centreville, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          I have not given my new lens a thorough workout, but it has performed as expected so far. I purchased this to round out my lens collection which so far has only included zooms. I had been using my 17-40 f/4 as my primary for this need but decided I should have a fixed lens for when a zoom wasn't the most appropriate. Since I have a 6D, I was looking for a fixed lens that game the best quality even when the lens was wide open. I understood that I would have to compromise if I wasn't willing to purchase the more expensive L version. It appears to me that even the lower tier EF lenses are now made for the smaller sensors in that the manufacturers don't seem to worry about the edge quality when wide open. So far this lens appears to be fine for my purposes. As I use it more I hope I will not be disappointed.

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                          4.0

                          small bright

                          By R

                          from Tulsa,ok

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

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

                          light, small, sharp focus. Due to being wider than I usually shoot, you must pay attention to the differences in scene contrast and brightness.

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                          5.0

                          the perfect standard lens for my 5D

                          By DCTJ

                          from NJ

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I was looking for an IS lens that was near standard and fast so that I could use it for photos and video. The 35mm f2 IS is exactly what I hoped it would be. The IS smooths video very nicely, the 35mm on full frame is perfect for general use, the IQ appears to be excellent (no tests), and I've even been able to shoot 1:1 macro with extension tubes. Everything about this lens is consistent with the $500 price tag from feel to the metal mounts and it is the perfect balance on 5D. When the 50mm f2 IS comes out (assuming that is the plan) it is going to sell like hotcakes.

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                            4.0

                            a good option in the lack there of

                            By Sumgai

                            from Seattle, WA

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            there isn't a whole lot to complain about this lens and that's a good thing in itself.

                            truth is there is literally no competition to this lens, you either have to spend much more on the L or sigma, or have to deal with manual focusing(samyang and zeiss). that being said, this lens has satisfied 99% of my needs. it's very sharp wide open, has no deal-breaking optical issues, focuses fast. this lens also has no external movement at all, which is a nice "feature" to have.

                            the other 1% would probably be the size and aperture. i was very surprised by how big this lens is. it's much bigger than the old 35mm f2 and it's even bigger than my canon 85mm f1.8. being this big and heavy, i rarely bring it on long hikes ):

                            also the f2 at this focal length doesn't give a whole of of subject isolation. it produces gorgeous images but sometimes i can't help but think about what i could have gotten with, say, a samyang 35 f1.4

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