Canon 35mm Lenses – Pros and cons of all models

Canon 35mm lenses introduction

Canon 35mm lenses are a group of Canon Prime Lenses with same focal length 35mm. At focal length 35mm, these lenses are considered as wide angle. It’s most commonly used for landscapes, portraits, street photography, wedding photography, and many other general purposes. The advantages of these lens are large aperture and low distortion characteristics which are suitable for dim light condition and group portrait photography. In crop DSLR body such as Canon APS-C, 35mm focal length is become similar to 56mm, the field of view (FOV) reduce to standard lenses’s FOV on Full-frame body.

Canon 35mm lenses

There are 4 Canon 35mm lenses have been developed, two of them are L series lens with f/1.4 aperture:
35mm f/1.4L USM, 35mm f/1.4L II USM, 35mm f/2, 35mm f/2 IS USM

Pros & Cons of Canon 35mm Lenses

1. EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Canon prime lens is professional grade, one of the Canon L Lens club and build quality is addictingly excellent.

Canon 35mm lenses

Pros
– Creating high images quality.
– Small size and light weight – perfect for travelling.
– Ring USM focus type – very fast and silent focusing. It’s also support Full Time Manual focus (FTM).
– Large aperture – Suitable for low light shooting and shallow depth of field.
– Aspherical lens element – Reducing aberrations.
Cons
– Slightly soft at maximum aperture f/1.4.
– Vignetting appear to Full-Frame DSLR at f/1.4.
– No image stabilization.
– No currently in production.

2. EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

35mm f/1.4L II USM Canon prime lens was upgraded from EF 35 mm f/1.4L USM above. It was announced on 27th August 2015. The biggest different element from previous version is Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR element) which is able to reduce the the chromatic aberration (at the blue end spectrum).

Canon 35mm lenses

Pros
– Creating high images quality.
– Ring USM focus type – very fast and silent focusing. It’s also support Full Time Manual focus (FTM).
– Large aperture – Suitable for low light shooting and shallow depth of field.
– New BR element – reducing the the chromatic aberration.

Cons
– Not as good build quality as previous version 35mm f/1.4L USM.
– Vignetting appear to Full-Frame DSLR at f/1.4.

3. EF 35mm f/2

EF 35 mm f/2 is quite old, it was released in 1990 and it’s a “prosumer level” lens.

Canon 35mm lenses

Pros
– High image quality.
– Sharpness from large to small aperture.
– Large aperture f/2 is good for dim light condition and shallow depth of field.

Cons
– Old technology.
– Noisy focus.
– No currently in production.

4. 35mm f/2 IS USM

It’s new version of 35mm f/2, build in image stabilization, USM focusing. It was released in 2012. EF 35 mm f/2 is an “enthusiast-level” lens.

Canon 35mm lenses

Pros

– Optical Image Stabilization – Reducing shaking.
– GM0 (Glass Molded Aspherical Element) – Improving image quality and performance in the periphery.
– Silent and fast autofocusing.
– Large aperture f/2 is good for dim light condition and shallow depth of field.
– 8 Circular Diaphragm Blades- Nice bokeh background effects.

Cons
– Flare at maximum aperture.

 

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