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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
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  • Aspherical lens elements
  • Floating internal focus mechanism
  • 8 aperture blades
  • Moisture and dust seals
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM with lens hood
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens construction
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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM mtf chart

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.

  • Wide 63° angle of view
  • Fast f/1.4 aperture
  • Aspherical lens elements
  • USM focus motor with full-time manual focus
  • Floating internal focus mechanism
  • Moisture and dust seals
  • Robust build quality

A classic wide-angle standard lens with fast aperture and rapid ultrasonic focusing.

Fast aperture and swift focussing
The EF 35mm f/1.4L USM has a maximum aperture many stops faster than that found on a standard zoom lens, allowing a photographer to keep shooting hand-held when light levels begin to fall. An ultrasonic motor (USM) enables extremely fast focusing in near silence, and a floating lens element means consistent sharpness throughout the focusing range.

Aspheric lens element
Thanks to an aspherical lens element, the EF 35mm f/1.4L USM produces images that are distortion corrected. Consistent image quality all over the frame is ensured.

 

Super Spectra coatingSuper Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

 

L-series quality
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.

Integration with E-TTL II flash metering
The lens passes distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering.

Reviews

"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

Post date: 22/12/2012 - 13:29

"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.

Post date: 15/12/2012 - 08:30

"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

Post date: 08/02/2012 - 15:12

"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

Post date: 29/11/2011 - 00:00

"This isn't a cheap lens, so it should probably come as no surprise that it's performance on sub-frame cameras is really stellar. Even wide open (which at f/1.4 is very wide indeed), this lens is only slightly soft, and only slightly more so in the corners, rapidly improving as you stop down. Chromatic aberration is

Post date: 05/09/2011 - 00:00

"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.

Post date: 08/08/2009 - 00:00

"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

Post date: 26/04/2009 - 00:00

"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.
Post date: 01/03/2009 - 20:48

Specifications

Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
35mm
Angle of view: 
54°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
11 elements in 9 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.30m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
79.0mm
Length: 
86.0mm
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and moisture-proof
Filter Diameter: 
72mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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