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CanonEF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 665 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (583)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (526)
  • Consistent output (389)
  • Strong construction (377)
  • Nice bokeh (367)
  • Durable (334)

Cons

  • Heavy (83)
  • Slow focus (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • No weather sealing (8)
  • Weak casing (7)

Best Uses

  • Low light (439)
  • Weddings (353)
  • Night photography (326)
  • Landscape/scenery (282)
  • Video (141)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (193), Semi-pro photographer (160), Photo enthusiast (133), Casual photographer (34), Enthusiast (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (438), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Canon's best narrator.

The only lens that I use on my 5DII. Beautiful contrast and colour rendering. Snappy focus. Well balanced when attached to the camera body. In my opinion it renders better that my 35mm...Read complete review

The only lens that I use on my 5DII. Beautiful contrast and colour rendering. Snappy focus. Well balanced when attached to the camera body. In my opinion it renders better that my 35mm Summilux, however that may be due to the M9 sensor limitations. The 35L saves me a lot of time when post-processing. It needed minor in camera adjustments in order to focus accurately. I've uploaded some sample photos for the curious amongst the community.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overall good wide angle prime lens

This is a very good wide angle prime lens from Canon. The focal length is commonly one that can be a walk around lens. It is well balanced and easy to hold during...Read complete review

This is a very good wide angle prime lens from Canon. The focal length is commonly one that can be a walk around lens. It is well balanced and easy to hold during shooting. The lens is not overwhelmingly sharp at the wide apertures but good bokeh. The corners are not so great at these apertures. THe sharpness improves at f2.8 and by f4 very sharp and decent corners on a full frame sensor. The lens does suffer from a bit more CA than i had hoped. Overall stopped down it is an outstanding landscape lens. At the wide apertures, good for portraits.

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5.0

I would buy this product again & recommend it to all!

By Holly

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I invested in this lens for my upcoming wedding season. It will be such a great addition to my lens kit to help photograph large bridal parties and family formals. Can't wait to begin using it starting this May!

 
5.0

Absolutely must have in your arsenal!

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

This lense is my second high end Canon L-glass lens I've purchased. It's outstanding quality, quiet service motors, and quick focus are the the qualities I love about this lens. It's pretty heavy, but with time you get used to it.

 
5.0

New Favorite Lens

By Kim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I've been shooting fast children in low light and this lens is amazing. The images are crisp and the distortion is minimal. Same holds true for full sun in crowded environments. I hemmed and hawed over the newest model with all it's bells and whistles, but chose this one for the metal build vs. plastic yet still will less heft. The lens is still heavy, even for this lighter version, but worth it's weight in gold. While it doesn't have the inner coating to reduce chromatic aberration, I don't find it an issue and have read that the coating negatively impacts the bokeh, anyway. Overall, I love the stories I can tell with this lens and couldn't be more pleased.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this lens!

By Angie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I love this lens, it stays on my camera most of the time. Beautifully clear photos!

 
5.0

Great for Portraits

By Tod

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

Wonderful portrait lense, has made shooting alot of product and social photography easier.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!

By Whitney

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

Clear, beautiful photos!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding, worth the price.

By Warren

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

The lens is terrific. A 1.4 aperture in a 35mm lens is great...enables intimacy and emotion with broader context. The bokeh is rich and soft.

 
5.0

Nothing but High Quality!

By Saarang

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

There's not much else that needs to be said. It is amazing, and I recommend it. Especially if you don't want to spend the money for Version II.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great L lens for the money

By Blee911

from Saratoga, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

Great lens. Quick and works well for poorly lit indoor gyms. Use it when my 70-200 or 24-70 2.8 pushes my 7D Mk II to too high ISO.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Scott

from Undisclosed

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I bought this lens for work and it has been great. The low aperture makes for some beautiful portraits. It's high quality and I'm glad I finally bought it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lens is worth it!

By Viviana

from Quito, Ecuador

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I am very happy with my new lens. B&H are great and they delivered me in the stipulated time.

 
3.0

chromatic aberration

By Warren

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I purchased this lens with a $200 rebate and thought I was getting a bargain compared to the price of the newer Mark II version.  I loved everything about this lens with one exception:  the chromatic aberration at wide apertures was very problematic, and it was not easily corrected in post-processing.  Admittedly, it is most noticeable in the corners of the frame and with dark objects against bright backgrounds, and stopping down to 2.8 minimizes the CA;  but then what is the purpose of having a fast lens if you have to sacrifice 2 stops of light to avoid CA.  Reluctantly, I returned it and purchased the Mark II version of this lens for considerably more money, but with greater peace of mind knowing that I can shoot wide open at 1.4 and get sharp images with minimal CA, with the bonus of weather sealing and a much better fitting lens hood.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth it!

By Anna

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

Excellent lens. It has truly taken my photography to another level!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous lens

By Amy A

from Nashville, TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I'm a wedding and portrait photographer. This lens is replacing the Sigma Art 35mm that I did previously own. I never loved that lens, but this is so much better!

 
5.0

Love!!

By Sarah

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

This lens really is what I was looking for. I wanted something wider than my 50mm 1.8 that would still give me nice bokeh and this really does the job. I have yet to play with it more in depth due to the bad weather but I'm super excited to get to use it more and more!!

 
5.0

amazing quality, everything I expected

By leash not a dog leash

from Oxford Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

Very high quality lens. Quick response time to everything. it is a little difficult to get the right focus on the automatic settings. Other than that, it takes my breath away

 
5.0

Great product

By YL

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

The lens is great and the delivery is fast.

 
5.0

best lens you can get!!

By Lindsay

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

This lens is INCREDIBLE. I thought it was hyped up, maybe not as great as everyone says it is, but it is the best lens I've ever used. My photos have instantly improved. I would highly recommend it!

 
5.0

Excellent

By Tom

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

Received this just in time for some snow in Seattle, and easily got some great photos the first time out. Looking forward to capturing lots of good moments with this lens!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best buy of last summer

By Micky

from Bogotá, Colombia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens:

I use this photo lens with the canon mark ii and they are definitely the best team, the sensitivity of this photo lens has given me incredibly well-lit images in low-light.

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