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Nov 10, 2016 05:10 |  #16

I really like the 35 F2 IS. Especially with the 5DS because I need at least 1/60 to get sharp shots without IS. Id rather have the IS than the small abount of extra light.


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Nov 10, 2016 06:28 |  #17

Rittrato wrote in post #18180434 (external link)
I have to vouch for the 35 F/2 is and this is coming from an L lens fan boy, so to speak. I prefer the IQ of the newer element on the 35 F2 IS, great contrast.


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I really like the 35 F2 IS. Especially with the 5DS because I need at least 1/60 to get sharp shots without IS. Id rather have the IS than the small abount of extra light.

Thank you both for your input. Seems to be much love for the 35 f/2 IS. I'm thinking of pairing this with my 135L IS. Good idea?


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Nov 10, 2016 07:13 |  #18

I have had the L v1 for a few years and it has been my most used lens in that time. After getting a 5d4 recently and finding how great video is on it, I added the 35 IS to the stable. I haven’t had time to do any kind of comparisons but I am very happy with the IS lens.


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Nov 10, 2016 07:48 |  #19

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I have had the L v1 for a few years and it has been my most used lens in that time. After getting a 5d4 recently and finding how great video is on it, I added the 35 IS to the stable. I haven’t had time to do any kind of comparisons but I am very happy with the IS lens.

Thanks for your comment, Randy. Do you find you use the IS more than the L now that you've acquired one?


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Nov 10, 2016 09:22 |  #20

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Thank you both for your input. Seems to be much love for the 35 f/2 IS. I'm thinking of pairing this with my 135L IS. Good idea?

Yeah I bought the 35 f2 IS refurb from Canon and I'm very happy with it. It is very sharp, even at f2.2, and colors are great. The build quality is very nice and the lens has a good weight to it - feels sturdy and solid without being heavy - you could easily carry this lens all day without thinking about it. The IS wasn't really a factor in me buying it, but after shooting with it, it is a really nice feature over the older 35 f2. AF is very good and silent.

But I wanted to speak to your comment here. I pair it with the 135L for all my portrait sessions and most of my other shooting as well (events, cars, etc). The colors and sharpness compliment each other very well (although the colors aren't quite as saturated and rich as the 135, they are close).

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Nov 10, 2016 09:25 |  #21

I think the only reason to make the jump to the 35L for me would be the red ring. I could find some situations where f1.4 would be useful, but most of the time f2.2-4 is where I am shooting with this and I really don't feel like I need the extra stop. Some have said the image quality is right on par with the 35L and the IS model even has updated optics over the 35L (from what I have read).


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Nov 10, 2016 12:05 |  #22

BallerStatus wrote in post #18180801 (external link)
Yeah I bought the 35 f2 IS refurb from Canon and I'm very happy with it. It is very sharp, even at f2.2, and colors are great. The build quality is very nice and the lens has a good weight to it - feels sturdy and solid without being heavy - you could easily carry this lens all day without thinking about it. The IS wasn't really a factor in me buying it, but after shooting with it, it is a really nice feature over the older 35 f2. AF is very good and silent.

But I wanted to speak to your comment here. I pair it with the 135L for all my portrait sessions and most of my other shooting as well (events, cars, etc). The colors and sharpness compliment each other very well (although the colors aren't quite as saturated and rich as the 135, they are close).

35 and 135 with similar editing and in the same area:



Excellent shots, Baller! Thank you for the informative reply. Sounds like the 35 f/2 IS isn't lacking at all. It does complement the 135L quite well. I see that in your examples for sure.

As far as the 35L, I can't see myself spending the extra money when the IS will work just as good or better.

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Nov 10, 2016 12:40 as a reply to  @ JennB's post |  #23

"As far as the 35L, I can't see myself spending the extra money when the IS will work just as good or better."

That's exactly where I found myself when it came down to it. I got a good deal on the IS, so that made it even better. Thanks for the compliment!


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Nov 11, 2016 06:55 |  #24

JennB wrote in post #18180747 (external link)
Thanks for your comment, Randy. Do you find you use the IS more than the L now that you've acquired one?

I have only had the IS for a week. I have had very little time and haven’t even downloaded any images from it to the computer yet. Hopefully I’ll have some time this weekend and I can do a little comparison. I would like to do that anyway to decide if I want to keep the L or not.


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Nov 12, 2016 06:38 |  #25

35IS is such a great lens, after i've sold the 50L it became my workhorse lens and it's stellar, both for photos and videos. Also, it's one of the lenses that works perfectly at any camera sensor, at 5D3 / 6D it's stellar wide angle, at 1D's it's low light king, at crop sensor bodies (7D, 60D, 40D, 700D, C100) it's great go-to lens. Sharp for photos, well stabilised for videos, cheap, sturdy and lightweight. Background blur is also very nice. Olny thing i'm missing is that 1.4 aperture, but overall it's better as all-arounder.


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Nov 12, 2016 09:17 |  #26

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35IS is such a great lens, after i've sold the 50L it became my workhorse lens and it's stellar, both for photos and videos. Also, it's one of the lenses that works perfectly at any camera sensor, at 5D3 / 6D it's stellar wide angle, at 1D's it's low light king, at crop sensor bodies (7D, 60D, 40D, 700D, C100) it's great go-to lens. Sharp for photos, well stabilised for videos, cheap, sturdy and lightweight. Background blur is also very nice. Olny thing i'm missing is that 1.4 aperture, but overall it's better as all-arounder.

It's a shame you have nothing nice to say about this lens.:-)


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Nov 12, 2016 10:37 |  #27

I would consider the 35 f/2IS simply because it is an improvement in IQ by adding more sharpness/micro contrast vs the older 35L mk1. 35mm isn't my go focal length so I'd rather spend less money on this range of prime.

I sold my 35L and i do regret it though. It delivered rock solid AF and very good IQ with older standards of "sharpness". In post you can increase IQ just like every other lens you own. Possibly you may require to tweak less using a 35mm f/2IS.

There is no substitution for the 1.4 look. If you need f/1.4 you need to buy a faster prime. If you find f/2 is good enough the f/2IS lens will be fantastic.

Either lens I do not see fault. It's more about personal preference and application.


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Nov 12, 2016 21:08 |  #28

Here is what I have landed on. The 35 IS is a keeper and I may put the 35L up for sale.

These are with 0 post processing. Imported RAW's, 1:1 view and screen shotted on my retina MBP. Both focused on the "model's" nose. Fred wasn't particularly cooperative though and moved, so the angle is slightly different. :)

First is the 35L @ 1.4, ISO 800 giving a shutter speed of 1/30th.


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Next is the 35 IS @ 2.0, ISO 800 giving a shutter of 1/15th. Both are handheld.


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Very impressed with the IS. I had to work to get a sharp shoat at 1/30th on the L. Just point and shoot with the IS.

More to come in another post, and then a third post will have some "real world" shots.

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Nov 12, 2016 21:14 |  #29

This one I feel goes to the L, but the IS may have front focused a touch. The main difference is a bit of green CA on the letters with the IS, telling me it is slightly front focused.

First we have the L @ 1.4, 1/100th.


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Again, the main difference is a bit of CA around the letters on the IS shot. You can also see quite a bit of the DOF difference the 1.4 makes if you look at the drapes/shades in the background. The L definitely blurred the background nicer in my opinion.

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Nov 12, 2016 21:20 |  #30

And finally, a pair of more "real world" shots with the IS. First is my son at ISO 1600, f/2.0, 1/30th second. Hard to believe he was still that long.


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Second was -2/3. ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/80th.


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Finally, ALL of these shots were with the 5D4, NO post processing of RAW files. Not even exported to JPG's, just screen captures from my rMBP. Not terribly scientific and probably not enough detail for pixel peepers, but enough to satisfy my curiosity.

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