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CanonEF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 127 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (93)
  • Lightweight (85)
  • Nice bokeh (71)
  • Consistent output (61)
  • Durable (41)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (83)
  • Landscape/scenery (67)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Video (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (23), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (102), 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

I never knew how awesome this lens was!

By LINDSAYLONG

from Bakersfield, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I love this lens! It gives a fresh perspective to my portrait sessions and at weddings! It performs well in low light!

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens

    By Phil

    from CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I use this as a field lens with an EOS 7D which has software to compensate for vignetting when when wide open.
      Great for low like conditions.
      Have not seen a down side yet

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      5.0

      Outstanding in its niche

      By Boston Mike

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

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

        I bought this lens for video due to its large aperture and IS. I also use it for events. The lens should also be excellent for photojournalistic, and street photography. It is great to have f/2.0 indoors. The lens is fast to focus and, most importantly, produces superb images. The only negative is that it does not come with a lens hood, and the one offered by Canon seems very over-priced. After a careful review of alternatives, however, I have decided to shell out the coin and buy the Canon lens hood. Best 35mm lens I have ever owned.

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        5.0

        Very Nice Lens

        By Richz5

        from Hazleton Township

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

        I purchased the Canon 35mm f2.8 IS USM lens because I wanted a moderately wide angle view to photograph landscapes.
        I was considering the L 35 but the technology is too old even though it has stood the test of time. The Sigma Art interested me but this canon was
        much less expensive. I like the IS feature because I am able to shoot at much slower shutter speeds than I would normal shoot. The build is great and the size and weight balance nicely with my 5D Mark III. I am very happy with my purchaseRichz5. If a new 35L comes out I might have to take a look at that down the road.

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By Shulvy

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          This lens is definitely sharper than the 1.4L lens and it's smaller/lighter too!

          Very quick to focus!

          There is a little more vignetting compared to the 1.4 but it's no problem in real use because of the lens corrections in Lightroom!

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          5.0

          Excellent Lens!

          By Ram

          from Texas

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Bought this lens to take a family group picture and worked great! Customers were very happy with pictures and so was I! Highly recommended lens at a good price!

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            5.0

            Excellent lens!

            By Jim

            from Sioux City, Iowa

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I love using this lens when I want something fast, light, and is not intimidating to my subjects. The lens is sharp and the focus is fast and accurate.

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              5.0

              Great "walking arround" lens

              By MJM

              from Scpttsdale, AZ

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Photography

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

                I use this with a 7D, so it's "long" but it is a very good IS lens for low light shooting. F2.0 is good, wider lenses are a bit faster, no IS, or slower. A 24mm F2.0 IS would be very nice for crop sensor, I have the two "pancake" lenses and this is a good option for IS.

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                5.0

                Love this lens

                By kaitbailey

                from Baltimore, MD

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

                As a beginner photographer who wanted quality glass that can perform well under various conditions, this lens has been amazing. It's done beautifully with travel, capturing landscapes, details, city scenes so well. A photographer friend recommended this be my first prime lens, and I'm so glad I listened.

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                5.0

                Great lens!

                By Chris

                from Kansas

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

                This lens is amazing for the price! It's definitely sharp great buy. Couldn't be more happier and the shipping was super quick! Thanks b&h!

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                5.0

                Love this lens

                By Lorri

                from Lake Charles, LA

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

                I cannot say enough good things about B&H! They are fast and have great customer service. I also love this lens. I am using it for newborns as well as for full length formal shots. It is very sharp and so lightweight!

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                4.0

                Works well on my Canon 70d

                By Steve

                from Seattle

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Focus Motor Noise

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Been shooting with video cameras for many years professionally and for fun. I'm semi retired now recently took an interest in DSLR's purchase a Canon 70d about 8 mo. ago. I just now felt ready to move on from the kit lens. When I first saw the EF 35mm quite some time ago I dismissed it as being to expensive, almost a grand. It's still rather overpriced especially with no lens hood included. That being said thought I would give it a try and now have decided to keep it.Pros – Very nicely balanced on the 70d only weighs 11oz. easy to shoot and carry around.Descent build quality not L quality but still good.It's a good focal length for my needs on the 70d it's around 55mm Fairly fast at f/2 sharp wide open, tact sharp across the frame at f 2.8 Full Time Manual focus ring is smooth and well damped easy to use.The IS makes a difference with hand held videos, nice feature, very quiet.AF works very quickly in fairly low light (one small lamp in room) Takes beautiful still portraits and close ups very pleasing colors, contrast, detail.When needed it works exceptionally well with my Speedlite 580exII.No distortion or serious vignette problems mounted on the 70d on FF camera there is some but the EF 35mm lens profiles correct these issues in camera while shooting.Minor Cons -Being a video shooter I was a little disappoint in the focus motor noise it is noticeable and will be recorded on your sound track when using the onboard camera mics. However I often use external mics or recorders anyway. Also I enjoy overriding the AF manually pulling focus to get artistic effects and this lens fits my needs. In most situations though the focus motor noise goes unnoticed by the folks around you when shooting stills or videos. AF will hunt and have trouble locking on in candlelight (a few candles) or in very poor light. I generally switch to manual focus and live view at that point anyway.Conclusion -I thought about purchasing the Sigma 35mm f1.4 its and excellent fast lens but very heavy over twice the weight of the Canon. The thought of carrying it around all night made my arms ache. No IS feature and cost over $ more. Did not feel the $ for a little fast sharper lens was worth it in my case. Additionally several reviewers complained about inconsistent AF issues when used with their 70d's even under good lighting conditions.The 70d is a good camera it's not full frame of course but with this EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens and fairly good light it comes close to producing comparable images. Sometimes it's very hard for my friends with FF cameras to tell the images apart.The AF gets a fast solid lock though the viewfinder or with live view in fairly low light. This lens has definitely brought out the best in my 70d and I recommend it for anyone looking for a sharp, fairly fast prime lens with general use focal length.

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                5.0

                BLOWN AWAY!!!!

                By Pump

                from Indiana

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

                I have heard all the rumors of this lens... From it isn't that great to this lens should be an L lens..... So after months of reading and looking at images I went to my local camera store to shoot with one, but it's hard to judge a lens by just shooting in the camera store. So I went back into reading reviews... I recently came back to Canon after trying to switch to Fuji I enjoyed the X-T1 but its not good enough in low light for me just yet. So coming back to Canon I had owned the 35mm 1.4L before and the Sigma 35mm 1.4. One day i said forget it came here ordered the lens and I can honestly say this lens is a beast!!! I have some great images already I haven't had it a month and I'm not disappointed in my purchase I can't wait for my first wedding with it in April. I just shot with it in the studio and it was great! It's fast and accurate. The stabilization is great especially for video. Colors resemble the L series lenses. Build quality is nice I love the weight of the lens and the look of it. It really is an L without the price get it you'll love it!!!

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                5.0

                Wow! Just buy it!

                By emicade

                from St-Colomban, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I'm sorry i hope you'll understand my review because i speek french... I had my first baby born photo shooting... it was just perfect. The results are stunning. It gives you a clear focus with a beautiful light. It gives you great quality without having to buy a lense over $ ... It's worth the price!

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                  5.0

                  I Like This Lens!

                  By SS

                  from Garland,TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No hood included

                  Best Uses

                  • Good walk around lens
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  I have a 60D and some day would like to add a full-frame. I wanted a prime lens, something faster than the f/3.5 and f/4 zooms I have. I considered the 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm. Anyway after reading review after review I decided on the 35.

                  This lens is great! On my crop sensor body it's very sharp at f2, in fact, seems to be sharp at all apertures. Even on a full frame, any of the issues it has are gone by f2.8. The IS works great as well. I have a very high "keeper" rate even at 1/6 sec. Auto focus is fast and accurate.

                  My only grippe is a typical one for Canon. No hood included.

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                  3.0

                  Decent but too noisy for video

                  By anarchist

                  from New Haven CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      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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