Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review at Ephotozine: The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens offers excellent sharpness and good build quality, but at a high price.

The lens was tested by Gary Wolstenholme with a full frame EOS 6D Dslr body:

"With this lens, Canon have produced something that performs very well indeed, but then you would expect that for the asking price. It may be questionable whether or not having image stabilisation available at this focal length really is a killer feature, as it will really only be of use for photographing static subjects, unless motion blur is required for creative effect. With alternatives that have a faster maximum aperture being available for the same, or slightly more money, it does make it difficult to see the value in this lens. If the price drops as supply of the lens settles down, then it will make more sense in Canon's lens line up.

Canon's latest lens releases all seem to be priced rather high at launch, with no sign of the prices dropping as supply is established. This lens certainly doesn't buck that trend, being priced at around £765. That makes it only around £250 cheaper than Canon's flagship 35mm f/1.4L, which is available for just over a thousand pounds.

 Third party offerings at the same focal length include Sigma's 35mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM. Although this lens lacks an image stabiliser, it does have a faster maximum aperture and can be picked up for around £740.
Samyang's 35mm f/1.4 is another alternative. This lens has a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, but lacks image stabilisation, autofocus and any electronic coupling with the camera. It can be bought for around £380 though."

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