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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, reviewed by Dlee13

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Overall Rating9.5
Overall Image Quality9.5
Value for Money8.5
Bokeh10
Sharpness9.5
Contrast9.5
Focusing10
Must Have10
Suitability to Intended Use9
Got What I Expected10
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Dlee13
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Dec 03, 2014 01:44 |  #1

For the past 9 months I've had the pleasure of owning the Canon EF 35mm f2 IS and it is now a lens I could never do without.

Build
Being that it isn't an L lens, I wasn't expecting some rock solid metal construction and it surely doesn't have that. It does have a plastic build very similar to the 100L (without the weather sealing of course) which is quite solid and certainly doesn't feel cheap. I'm very happy with it, especially because of the effect it has on the lenses weight. If you want something lightweight you can carry around all day without hassle, this lens certainly fits the bill.

Focus
Focus is fast and very accurate, even in low light. I rarely have any issues and when I do, it is usually due to user error (I have quite shaky hands). The DOF wide open is very shallow, especially near MFD, which means the slightest movement can sometimes cause you to miss focus. This is the same with using any fast prime wide open.

Image Quality/Sharpness
This lens is very sharp wide open and even more so stopped down. A few friends own the 35 Art which I have tried and vice versa with my lens and we find that sharpness is equal. The 35 Art may have the slight edge at f2, although that is because it has been stopped down. So if you were to compare the 35 Art @ f2 and 35 IS at f2.8 which is stopped down one stop for each, you would get equal results. It does have quite heavy vignetting wide open although personally it doesn't bother me. I find that I prefer the image with the vignette rather than removing it through lens corrections. Distortion is minimal and very well controlled considering the focal length.

Bokeh
The bokeh on this lens is very nice and smooth. From what I've seen in other reviews such as The Digital Picture's review, the bokeh on the 35 IS could be considered the best out of its competitors.

Overall
I really love this lens and couldn't recommend it more. I don't see how anyone could go wrong with it. It may have had too high of a price at launch, but at its current price it is will worth every cent spent on it. Another point I think most people who own this lens would agree with is, if Canon release a updated 50mm and 85mm just like the 35mm f2 IS, many people (including myself) would be VERY eager to buy them. Below is a few of my images taken with this lens. It may not be a very thorough review, but I hope it is enough to help some people.

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Canon 6D Mark II ~ Canon M5 ~ Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 ~ Canon EF 35mm f2 IS ~ Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS ~ Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM ~ Sigma 85mm f1.4
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dodgyexposure
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Jan 04, 2016 18:47 |  #2

I've always liked this lens, but I find that I'm choosing it more and more as a one lens walkaround option with my 6D. Light and compact, fast and accurate AF, sharp wide open, pleasing OOF blur and colour rendition, effective IS - just a great little lens.


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Jan 04, 2016 21:20 as a reply to dodgyexposure's post |  #3

It definitely is a great all round lenslens. All this time later its still my favorite and my most used lens.


Canon 6D Mark II ~ Canon M5 ~ Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 ~ Canon EF 35mm f2 IS ~ Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS ~ Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM ~ Sigma 85mm f1.4
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iwo
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Feb 07, 2016 20:25 |  #4

A user in this forum convinced me to buy this lens and I can't wait to have my first hands-on experience once this lens arrives. Unbelievable this lens can be hand-held at very low shutter speed.




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Feb 07, 2016 20:49 |  #5

iwo wrote in post #17889722 (external link)
A user in this forum convinced me to buy this lens and I can't wait to have my first hands-on experience once this lens arrives. Unbelievable this lens can be hand-held at very low shutter speed.

They did the right thing because this lens certainly is amazing. The IS definitely does help as I'm a shaky person and have tried using the lens at normal shutter speeds (1/50th and so) and the results I got without IS on were not too good compared to with it.

I loved my 50mm when I first had it but the 35mm was so good that I ended up selling it.


Canon 6D Mark II ~ Canon M5 ~ Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 ~ Canon EF 35mm f2 IS ~ Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS ~ Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM ~ Sigma 85mm f1.4
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mwsilver
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Feb 29, 2016 10:41 |  #6

dodgyexposure wrote in post #17844673 (external link)
I've always liked this lens, but I find that I'm choosing it more and more as a one lens walkaround option with my 6D. Light and compact, fast and accurate AF, sharp wide open, pleasing OOF blur and colour rendition, effective IS - just a great little lens.

I shoot a lot of indoor low light images in museums and other venues, and this lens has become a favorite of mine, sitting on my 7D2 more often than I would have expected. When I want to travel light I find it's a perfect focal length for much of what I shoot.


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Canon 7D II, 60D, T3i, T2i, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, and 30 f/1.4. Canon EF 70-200 L f/4 IS, EF 35 f/2 IS, EFs 10-18 STM, EFs 15-85, EFs 18-200, EF 50 f/1.8 STM. Tamron 18-270 PZD, B+W MRC CPL, Canon 320EX, Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT & SBH 250 head. RODE Stereo Videomic Pro, Lightroom 6, Elements 15

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the1manchaos
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Mar 11, 2016 11:43 |  #7

Out of interest which body is that on? Is it a crop body?




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mwsilver
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Mar 11, 2016 15:56 |  #8

the1manchaos wrote in post #17931762 (external link)
Out of interest which body is that on? Is it a crop body?

Who are you asking the question of? Quoting the post you are referring to would be helpful.


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Mar 11, 2016 20:08 |  #9

If you are referring to me, I'm using a 6D.


Canon 6D Mark II ~ Canon M5 ~ Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 ~ Canon EF 35mm f2 IS ~ Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS ~ Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM ~ Sigma 85mm f1.4
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Jun 06, 2016 06:50 |  #10

I'm seriously considering buying one of these lenses. Do any real world users have any examples of how this lens flares in direct sunlight? I'm after a lens that will produce a bit of flare because at the moment I have the Sigma 24mm and 50mm ART lenses that don't really produce any flare at all. Any sample photos you have would be great thanks.


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Jun 10, 2016 04:23 |  #11

BlackBull wrote in post #18030706 (external link)
I'm seriously considering buying one of these lenses. Do any real world users have any examples of how this lens flares in direct sunlight? I'm after a lens that will produce a bit of flare because at the moment I have the Sigma 24mm and 50mm ART lenses that don't really produce any flare at all. Any sample photos you have would be great thanks.

The best thing I could recommend is going through the thread for this lens on here and the Flickr pool to see if you can find any photos showing how the lens handles flare. I've linked both below for you :)

https://www.flickr.com​/groups/canon35mm_is_u​sm/ (external link)

http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1​264523


Canon 6D Mark II ~ Canon M5 ~ Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 ~ Canon EF 35mm f2 IS ~ Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS ~ Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM ~ Sigma 85mm f1.4
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Dec 23, 2017 14:10 |  #12

I realize that this thread is a couple of years old but, here is an update...

I absolutely "LOVE" this lens on my 6D Mk2...

The one negative comment regarding the 35mm f/2 IS was always its cost. Well, I recently purchased a minty used copy for $350 (USD). That price removes the negative factor of cost from the 35mm f/2 IS equation :p

Regarding flare... I have a Third Party lens hood coming...


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mwsilver
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Dec 23, 2017 16:30 |  #13

RPCrowe wrote in post #18524804 (external link)
I realize that this thread is a couple of years old but, here is an update...

I absolutely "LOVE" this lens on my 6D Mk2...

The one negative comment regarding the 35mm f/2 IS was always its cost. Well, I recently purchased a minty used copy for $350 (USD). That price removes the negative factor of cost from the 35mm f/2 IS equation :p

Regarding flare... I have a Third Party lens hood coming...

Actually, the price issue stemmed from the original list price which was $849. As that price it competed directly with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART which was a stop faster with a better build and came with a hood. Since its introduction the sale price of the Canon 35 mm f/2 IS USM has dropped significantly and is currently available from authorized dealers for $599, and very often for $549 with a Canon rebate. That's $300 less than when introduced and at that price its quite a bargain, especially since its also a stabilized lens.


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