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May 13, 2017 08:58 |  #1

After being in Fuji camp for the past 5 years I am coming back to Canon. I already got a 7DII and I am working on my lens selection. One thing that I loved about Fuji was the small, light and fantastic optics of the 35 1.4 lens. I am looking for a substitute in Canon. I know it wont be as small or light, but I want to get the best bang for the buck in this focal length. So far I am looking at the Canon 35L v1 and f2IS, and the Sigma 30 and 35.
I will be using it for kids indoors and as a general walk-around, so I want f2 or faster, solid AF.
Anyone here with first hand experience using these lenses on a high MP crop who want to share? Any other lens that I am missing?


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May 13, 2017 09:18 |  #2

Heya,

There are two options if you want light, small and great optics, with stabilization:

Canon 35 F2 IS
Tamron 35 F1.8 IS

The old 35L V1 is not even as sharp as the 35 F2 IS. Modern 4 stop IS beats out that one stop of aperture really. The Sigma 35A would be a much better way to go, over the old 35L, if you wanted F1.4 and no stabilization.

I started with the 30 F1.4 ART on a crop. Didn't care for how it's AF performed in lower light. Traded it out with a 35 F2 IS. I still have the 35 F2 IS because it's very fast AF, accurate, light weight, modern 4 stop IS, not a huge lens, very sharp, and just a pleasure to use. I use it across APS-C, APS-H and Full Frame and it's just wonderful on all of them.

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May 13, 2017 12:27 |  #3

I can't say I tried the others, but all my research pointed me straight at the 35/2 IS, which I picked up used here and have never regretted. Some of my lenses should get sold, but that one will be pried out of my cold dead fingers.


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May 13, 2017 12:38 as a reply to  @ LonelyBoy's post |  #4

I share the same sentiment about that lens. Its perhaps the best non L lens in the entire Canon lineup.


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May 13, 2017 20:26 |  #5

Thanks guys,
Looks like 35 f2 IS might be the winner.
Any votes for the other ones?


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May 13, 2017 20:45 |  #6

I got the 35 F2 IS as a kids/indoor/general purpose lens. Great for kids and in low light. F2 and 4 stop IS is very helpful, I'll take IS over F1.4 any day. Add a flash and you really just have a great combo. My 35 F2 IS has been going with my daughter since day one. Doesn't skip a beat, no matter the camera... APS-C... APS-H... Full Frame, doesn't matter.

Really, you can't go wrong with a fast, wide, stabilized lens, no matter sensor size. I've zero regrets with the Canon though. My 2nd most used lens these days is the 17-40 for indoor/kids, with a flash.

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May 13, 2017 20:47 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #7

Some awesome shots but 2882 takes the cake, beautiful photo and subject.


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May 13, 2017 21:08 |  #8

I have the 35 f2 IS as well, for the price its fantastic and the IS makes a big difference. It might not be as prestigious as having a L lens or Sigma art lens but its a fantastic lens that gets the job done an offers IS which I personally find more useful than the extra stop of light f1.4 would offer.


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May 13, 2017 21:24 |  #9

Check out Tamron's 35mm f1.8vc. My only serious gripe is the lack of a focus limiter to speed up auto focus.

It's close-focus ability sets it apart (for me) from any of the other 35mm offerings.

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May 13, 2017 21:53 |  #10

I have the 35IS. No way I'd trade f/2 and IS for a 35 f/1.4 of any flavor. But on crop I prefer my lowly 28 1.8. Really fast AF, sharp as a razor in the center wide open. The corners suck at any aperture. Depends on what you need.




  
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May 26, 2017 02:09 |  #11

I have the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (old version) now out in the Art version for about the same price. I'm sure you can get a used older one for under $300. Price considering this is one of the best in this price range.


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May 26, 2017 10:05 |  #12

I hear the 35F2IS is amazing. I honestly cant imagine a sharper lens than the old 35L though. When you nail focus (in real life situations), its so dang sharp. May not chart as well as the more modern lenses, but my experience with the old 35L is great.

To that point, its pretty big and heavy, so it doesn't meet the needs of the OP.


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May 26, 2017 10:05 |  #13

rebelsimon wrote in post #18354098 (external link)
Check out Tamron's 35mm f1.8vc. My only serious gripe is the lack of a focus limiter to speed up auto focus.

It's close-focus ability sets it apart (for me) from any of the other 35mm offerings.

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May 26, 2017 19:50 |  #14

I like the 35mm on a crop as a good walk around lens. I have the Tokina 35 2.8 macro which is an older lens but pretty sharp.

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May 26, 2017 19:51 |  #15

I rock the 35 f2 IS on the 7D2 quite often. Love that setup.


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