Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM review at photodo

"Weighing just over half a kilogram, this 35mm lens has a fair bit of weight to it, but still it balances well on the EOS 1Ds Mark III used for testing and will do so on other advanced level Canon bodies. Being an 'L' series lens, build quality is top-notch, bearing the usual black finish of non-telephoto lenses of this type and the lens sealed against the elements.

A distance scale window is provided on top of the lens barrel with hyperfocal markings for all apertures

and with f/4, f/11 and f/22 taking prominence. Useful as they are, these markings are a little close together to set accurately. A wide rubberised focusing ring provides just enough resistance for accurate manual focusing and as the lens sports a silent ultrasonic motor, manual adjustments can be made at any time by simply turning the focus ring.

Focus speeds are quick enough for most purposes and the bright maximum aperture certainly helps in low light as I didn't manage to make the lens hunt at all. Care still needs to be taken when shooting at f/1.4 though, especially when you are close to your subject, as the shallow depth of field can make it challenging to focus accurately.

Overall I really enjoyed using this lens due to its excellent build quality, fast focusing and the bright viewfinder image achieved due to the fast maximum aperture.

This lens performs well in the centre of the image at wide apertures, with the quality towards the edges improving as the lens is stopped down. At maximum aperture the sharpness in the centre is already approaching good levels, although towards the edges this lens can be a little soft.

Peak sharpness in the centre is achieved at f/5.6, where the resolution is outstanding and the quality towards the edges is excellent. Images taken at f/8 provide the best compromise between sharpness in the centre and towards the edges of the frame."

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