Canon 35mm f/1.4 L USM review at photodo

"Prime lenses can seem very simple to use after some of the modern zooms and the simplicity eases the achievement of build quality. A single focussing ring in front of a classic distance window that is marked with a useful depth-of-field scale pretty well sums up this lens. The only other control on the lens is the switch that changes the focussing from Manual to Autofocus.

The lens seems a little large compared to say, an 18-55mm zoom, but this is due to the wide aperture that

this lens sports.

Autofocus is almost silent, quite quick due to the USM motor and didn’t hunt at all on a 1D, although it does have a little think about it in low light on a 300D. We are only pointing this out because there was little else to fault with the handling of this lens.

As you would expect from a prime lens, especially one with Canon’s famous L suffix, the optical performance was good. You will see from the chart that a gentle curve is achieved with no wild jumps from one stop to the next, always the sign of a well-produced lens. It also manage to start from a decent wide open performance, showing that it has not been pushed beyond what it is designed for.

The only place it is let down, and here only slightly, is in the control of chromatic aberrations. As it is not a new lens and is designed originally for 35mm, the control of these anomalies has come on a long way since the introduction of digital and this lens has been left behind a little with modern techniques."

 

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