I just picked up a used Canon 35L 1.4...and I'm afraid it may not be a good copy. I'm going to try to post some photos tomorrow so you can see
I know the lens isn't renowned as the sharpest around, but I think I was expecting something a little better than what I'm seeing. I have a short return window, so if I need to send it back, I need to decide soon.
I'm wondering two things:
(1) What'd be the best way for me to test it to make sure I have a good copy? (besides general use)
(2) How does the 35L compare in terms of sharpness and focus consistency with other lenses? Specifically 24-70 2.8 (old version), 16-35 2.8 (old), 70-200 2.8 IS II, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2 85mm 1.8, or a Sigma 30mm 1.4 Art.
Basically, I need to figure out if it's the lens or my expectations that are off.
PS: I'm primarily talking about between f1.4-f2....by 2.8/4 it's clearly solid. But I bought the lens for 1.4-2.
I've attached a SOOC 100% crop that's fairly representative of what I'm getting. Focus point is on the word "Beatitudes." f1/4 1/1600 ISO 100 Canon 5D Mark III