A modern day update to a versatile, compact and lightweight wide-angle lens, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is incredibly bright and offers image stabilization, superb image quality and construction perfect for use on any EOS digital camera. With a redesigned mechanical and optical structure, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features a GMo aspherical lens element for high image quality with improved performance in the periphery. It incorporates a rear focus system and ring-type USM for faster, more precise autofocus performance. Full-time manual focus enables manual focusing while in AF mode, a micro-stepping drive provides quieter operation and a low speed focus drive delivers optimal results for video shooting. Canon Optical Image Stabilizer system delivers the equivalent effect of 4 stops and can detect normal shooting or panning, and automatically switches to the optimal IS mode. Compact and lightweight, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM has an 8-blade circular aperture diaphragm for soft backgrounds, a minimum focusing distance of 0.79 ft./0.24m, plus optimized lens coatings for minimized ghosting and flare.
That's the lens I've been waiting for, for so many years!
A 35mm fast lens, with a very good build and optical quality, with an efficient stabilizer and a fast, nearly silent AF. A dream came true.
After a few weeks with this lens, I immediately sold my 35/1,4 L. Image quality is at the same level, but now I have a stabilizer and faster AF. Obviously I lost the f/1,4 and I have more vignetting until f/4, but... I can deal with that.
- Strong vignetting until f/3.5 (still visible after that, but not so annoying).
- No tropicalization.
- Despite the price, no lens hood included... as usual.
If this lens had less vignetting wide open and a water/dust/moist/all-weather protection, it would be just perfect.
Waiting for a 35/1,4 L IS with improved image quality, IMHO that's the best 35mm in the Canon lineup.
May 27, 2013
Excellent at low light
Okay, it is an excellent lens, especially in combination with the 6D at low light level. But is is larger than I thought (I did hope it'd have the size of a 28/1,8), and vignetting is quite significant. Up to now (Feb. 5, 2013) I did not find any any lens correction data for the camera or with EU or DPP.
On APS-C, in combination with a cheap rubber lens shade, it is good lens for street. Even here, the IS helps!
February 5, 2013
Great all around lens
I like the lens very much for general shooting purposes. It seems to be average in a lot of qualities; not excellent or terrible in any aspect. For low light or close focusing the IS is a great feature. The lens is light weight, and the manual focus ring is much more dampened compared to the 35L. I think it's a nice upgrade to the old f2, but the price is high.
January 19, 2013
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.