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CanonEF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 173 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (109)
  • Lightweight (96)
  • Nice bokeh (79)
  • Consistent output (74)
  • Easily interchangeable (48)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (97)
  • Landscape/scenery (81)
  • Weddings (69)
  • Night photography (54)
  • Video (46)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (48), Semi-pro photographer (39), Pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (119), 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

Fast, sharp, stable

By Naruto

from Hawaii

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

Fast, sharp, stable

 
5.0

Awesome lens

By Luis

from undisclosed

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

Fast, sharp, stable

 
5.0

Love it!

By Margarita

from undisclosed

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

Love this lens. I've been eyeing for a while and also tested it out through a rental place. Glad I bought it, it hasn't left my body yet!

 
5.0

Works great on Canon M5.

By Richard

from undisclosed

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

Have only had this lens for a short while, but so far, I like it very much for all the various qualities photographers are looking for. I use it with a Canon adapter with my Canon M5 and it works flawlessly. I like to use full-frame lenses with APS-C sensors and this combo works well. Even with the adapter, it balances well on the M5 and gives it a very solid feeling. A keeper.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

35 mm

By Rupert

from Undisclosed

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

Second favorite lens

 
5.0

Very good choice for video work

By Eric

from Undisclosed

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

It's extremely sharp and the autofocus and IS works great.  Even with DPAF it does seem a little slower to focus than our G1 24-105L.   No regrets for a lens choice for our 5D Mark IV

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic 35mm prime though not as sharp as the f/1.4 II

By CanonGuy

from Bay Area, CA

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

I like to use this lens for street shooting. Its a fantastic lens. It is significantly smaller than the f/1.4 I and II. I bought this thinking it would be around the size of the 24mm f/2.8 IS. While the two lenses do look similar, the filter size on the 35mm f/2 (67mm) should have been a clue to me that it is significantly larger than the 24mm f/2.8 IS (58mm). That being said, I like the fact that you can shoot with it wide open and its reasonably sharp. The center of this lens isn't as sharp as its f/1.4 II brother, but its really good. For a 5D Mark III or Mark IV, its really quite good. If you have a 5Ds or a 5Dsr, you will be pushing its limits wide open. Stop down to f/4 and its really very good. Was thinking of getting rid of my f/1.4 I after ordering this due to its smaller form factor and IS, but really it doesn't have the same look as the f/1.4, so I'll keep both. For anyone comparing this to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART, but not wanting to carry as much weight, I'd go the Canon route. Its lighter in weight, smaller in size and has IS.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens. I would buy again.

By Rich D

from New Jersey

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

I was looking for a lens for indoor walking around shots at family gatherings. All I had previously was a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 IS zoom (which is a great single lens for travel), but didn't give me the shallow DOF I wanted for indoor, and a EF 50mm f/1.8 prime that I bought for portraits, which was too tight (about 80mm on my crop sensor) and not stabilized so lots of blurry pictures without a tripod.

The EF 35mm f/2 with IS is perfect for my hand held indoor shots. the stabilization eliminates most blurry pictures, the crop is just right for indoors ( around 56mm on crop sensor), nice shallow DOF and sharp. I'm very happy and am looking forward to getting outdoors for some city street shots with it.

 
4.0

Very good lens for the price

By DGW

from Cheyenne, WY

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

Very nice images from this lens. The USM auto focus works, but it's loud. Since I am not usually recording audio from the camera anyway, it's not an issue. The lens surprised me as to how good the image actually is.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing quality

By Wilfredo

from undisclosed

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

Love it

 
5.0

Great for Video

By Brian

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

I absolutely love this lens! I shot with it often if I'm capturing video, and because of the image stabilization I can get some really nice footage on a fast lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By Bokeh Lover

from TN

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

The 35mm works wonderfully, even on a crop frame (7D). I am using it along with my 50mm during portrait sessions and weddings.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional lens IQ

By Brad

from Illinois

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

Purchased to use with the Sony A7RII using the Sigma MC-11 adapter. Very happy to report, in terms of resolution and IQ, this lens is as good, perhaps better than my Batis 25 and 85mm lens. The adapter/camera has an issue with the Canon lens IS system by overcompensating stabilization and hopefully will be corrected with a firmware update. For now I find selecting the Sony SteadyShot menu manually to 8mm (less aggressive stabilization?) helps to correct the overcompensation and does improve handheld shots at slow shutter speeds with IS turned on. Reportedly the Metabones adapter does not overcompensate and allows individual selection of lens stabilization vs in camera stabilization. Very happy with this purchase!

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Such a great deal

By Nick B

from Corona, Ca

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

This lens is so much fun. Canon did a good job with this lens. Even if the optics are similar to the previous USM version, the added IS makes it a no brainer for hand held video work. I've seen a lot of different people reacting poorly to this lens criticizing its image quality. I personally think that image quality is fantastic for the price range. It takes great photos during the day or at night with my flash. Not only that, but it is built like a tank with an extremely dampened focusing ring. It feels like it will last forever and manual focusing is a breeze. I would buy it again if anything happened to the one I have!

 
5.0

Excelentes calidad!!!!!

By javipavl

from Buenos Aires

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

Una nitidez extraordinaria, me encanta en mi Canon 6D!!!!

 
4.0

Excellent quality at a great price!

By Nathan

from Pittsburgh, PA

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

Incredible quality in a small and light body, IS works really well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth Every Dollar!

By Sofocused 1

from Fort Washington, MD

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

I read many reviews about this lens before making the decision to purchase it. I am very happy that I weighed the good with the not so good. This lens is awesome! I used it to photograph a graduation party and a birthday party. The photos were tack sharp. I was so pleased that I am planning to keep the lens on my camera when I travel. It's light enough not to weigh you down if you plan to take pictures for two or three.... maybe four consecutive hours.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Rao

from NJ

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

I purchased this lens from B&H recently. Used it past weekend and love this lens. I have the 35mm F1.4 mark II, and I like this lens Just as much as the f1.4 Great lens at a great price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what the Doctor ordered.

By Bled

from Murrieta, CA

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

After reading ALL the reviews, I took the plunge. This lens is highly underrated by some of the "L" group. As more and more people use it, I believe they will find that it has the perfect combination of features: Bokeh, quick focus, lightweight, fast, and IS for incredible video. Feels fantastic on a 6D, and would be a great on a crop factor for that classic "standard focal length" look (technically 56mm). This lens makes me want to take pictures.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice bang for the buck

By Beavercreek Dan

from Beavercreek, OH

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

I'll start by saying I'm an L lens junky. I wanted a light walk around for our Ireland trip that would also be fast for some pub shots as well as street shots. I've got that focal length covered with L zooms but not at that speed and lightness.

I couldn't justify the cost and weight upgrade for the 1.4L version for as often I'll likely use it. I mostly do portraits for money and everything else for fun. So my 85 1.2 is my go to for that. I just wanted wider for times I want street shots or interiors where speed is needed.

IQ is very good but dark in the corners wide open (on a full framer). I'm ok with that because I usually add that in post anyway. If I don't this lens is in lens correction in Lightroom so it's just a click and fixed. Build quality is pretty darn good for a non-L lens. Focus is as fast as I could ever ask for and the manual focus feel is tight but very smooth (any old manual focus film camera users out there, it feels like those lenses). That and the IS will please the movie makers.

If your on the fence and you don't need the extra stop of the 1.4, it's a lot of lens for the money in my opinion.

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