Overview

Description by Canon:

Beloved by reportage photographers for its natural view of the world and fast maximum aperture, the EF 35 f/1.4L USM delivers superb image quality and blisteringly fast AF performance.

Specifications
Initial Price: 
$1500
Release Date: 
09/1998

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens review by James Leynse at The Online Photographer: I think we have a new winner for "available dark" photography.

Unlike the EF 50mm ƒ/1.4 , nothing shakes when you pick up the 35mm f/2 IS lens.

A Lens review by Mr. Leynse :) The lens was tested on a 5D Mark III body, and this is more of a user experience report (a good one) than a technical review:

"The biggest surprise for me is how effective the image stabilization is on this lens. It's so quiet that I can't tell it's working unless I press my ear against it. Combined with the new high-ISO abilities of the 5D MKIII, I can take pictures in light almost too dim to see by. In fact, it was actually hard to find suitably dark scenes to illustrate the lens's IS ability. For the moment, this might be the best low-light lens around. . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens review by Ken Rockwell: It's so good, there isn't any room for improvement.

To my astonishment, this Canon 35 1.4 is almost completely devoid of coma.

"There's a reason Canon has never bothered with a -II version of this 35mm lens: it's so good, there isn't any room for improvement. I'm sure Canon will come up with a -II version at twice the price and made of a lot more plastic with virtually identical optical performance one of these days in the interest of cost reduction (for them), but for today, this 35/1.4 is one of the biggest deals in the entire Canon catalog.

I'd use a 72mm B+W 010 MRC UV filter for protection, or the Canon 72mm UV, or an 72mm Hoya Alpha UV. You don't . . . read more

It is 35mm day (Lens, not Film) at LensRentals: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L & EF 35mm f/2 IS versus Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM resolution tests by Roger Cicala: No Canon can beat that Sigma.

This is a nice lens with a very nice IS system at a fairly high price

"Looking at the average (mean) for center, average, and corners shows a bit more about the lenses. The old 35mm f/2 does quite well in the center and mid-lens areas, but it’s pretty awful in the corners. The new 35mm f/2 IS and the classic 35mm f/1.4 L do much better in the corners, with the 35 L (stopped down to f/2) clearly better than the new f/2 IS. But the Sigma does better than any of them. . . . read more

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

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

"Released back in late 1998 the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L is one of many ultra fast fix focals in the Canon lens lineup. It's one of the more frequently discussed speciality lenses in the community and often compared to its closely related cousin - the EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L. Both belong to the professional L . . . read more

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

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

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM review at photodo

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM review at photodo

"Weighing only 290g the size and weight of this optic is pretty much what you'd expect of a standard prime. The lens barrel is made from satin-finished black plastic, which may show marks easily if abused.

Being an ultrasonic lens, full time manual focus is available, which means you can grab the focus ring at any time to adjust focus. The focus ring is located halfway up the lens barrel and has a nice grippy

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

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

"Released back in late 1998 the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L is one of several ultra large aperture prime lenses in the Canon lens lineup. It's one of the more frequently discussed specialty lenses in the community and often compared to its cousin - the EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II. Both belong to the L (Luxury) league within the system.

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Canon 35mm f/1.4 L USM review at photodo

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

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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"At similar apertures narrower than f/2.8, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens was similarly sharp or less sharp than my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens at 35mm. 

Although the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens has a different focal length than the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L USM Lens, The two are very
similar in build, image quality and price - and may both suit some of the same applications.
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