Canon EF 35mm f/2 Wide Angle AF Lens
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|Item Dimensions||—||1 x 1 x 1 cm||3.93 x 6.92 x 3.93 cm||7.36 x 5.52 x 7.36 cm||2.28 x 6.82 x 2.28 cm|
|Item Weight||260 grams||335 grams||160 grams||310 grams||125 grams|
|Max Focal Length||35 mm||35 mm||50 mm||28 mm||24 mm|
|Min Focal Length||35 mm||35 mm||50 mm||28 mm||24 mm|
|Mounting Type||Canonbayonet||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF / EF-S|
On full-frame cameras, the compact EF 35mm f/2.0 offers a wide angle of view and a very natural perspective, making it a good alternative standard lens to a traditional 50mm optic.
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
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Top customer reviews
It was packed like a book typical of amazon. Luckily the lens was not damaged.
I originally bought the 50mm f1.8 as my first prime lens but exchanged it for the 35mm f2 after a couple of weeks.
This lens is twice the price of the 50mm but for me it was definitely worth the extra.
The build quality and auto-focus are much better than the 50mm f1.8, and I've not noticed any limitations from an f2 vs f1.8. The f2 aperture means it's possible to take indoor pictures without a flash which means much nicer images.
However, the main benefit for me is the better field of view from a 35mm lens on a cropped sensor (such as the EOS 600d). The 50mm gives an equivalent focal length of 80mm, which is great outdoors but I found it to be too tight for indoor pictures. The 35mm equates to 56mm which I've found much more usable and gives much more natural-looking images.
This is an old lens design which Canon have recognised by releasing an updated 35mm f2, but the new lens is £600+ so this older version is still worth a punt if you're just starting out with SLR photography.
I am really pleased I chose this over the 50mm and I've already taken pictures I'll treasure for ever.
It is true that attaching the lens to the camera encounters a little more resistance than with my other lenses but it is nothing to worry about, and it is also true that the lens isn't the quietest on the market but this hasn't bothered me either. It's a great lens at a reasonable price and will probably be the one permanently attached to my camera.
It's a little slow to focus and rather noisy in doing so; purple fringing is also an issue on occasion. Other than these minor issues it's near perfect at such a price. I tended to find with the stock lens that the flash was constantly in use and photos looked like (very good) holiday snaps as a result. The aperture on this means that this is almost never an issue. My only regret is discovering this 9 months after I bought my 400D.
So, why has it gone up in price so fast (and apparently risen faster than other Canon lenses)? Possibly it's just a case of demand - you get a tough, well put together lens with a focal length which mimics a 50mm standard on a 35mm camera. You get usably sharp images across the frame when open to f2, so you can use it inside without flash, and unlike the 50mm 1.8, you can take a picture inside in a normal sized room without being limited to head and shoulder shots. Some users have complained about the bokeh not being perfectly smooth - well it isn't a £1,000 lens, but anyway it looks great to me.
All in all I'm very pleased with the lens. At the price I paid (at the cheap end of high st at the time), it was a bargain. Would I buy it for £250 plus? I'm not sure. I might find myself looking back at the EF 50mm 1.8 (at around £90 with it's a faster lens with superior sharpness), or saving up for something more high end(the EF 28mm 1.8 maybe).
For all of that, if you pick this lens up I'd be very surprised if it didn't become your new favourite - it's very nice.