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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
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Initial Price: 
$850
  • Up to four stops of image stablisation
  • Ultrasonic AF 
  • Eight-bladed aperture
  • Moulded glass elements
  • 0.24m minimum focus distance
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Overview

Description by Canon:

A fast 35mm prime lens for photographers shooting hand held in low light
A 35mm prime lens with a four-stop Image Stabilizer and f/2 maximum aperture – ideal for low-light photography. Ultrasonic AF is fast and accurate. An aspherical lens element boosts image quality.

  • Up to four stops of image stablisation
  • Fast f/2 maximum aperture
  • Ultrasonic AF for quick and accurate focusing
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Eight-bladed aperture for smooth bokeh
  • Moulded glass elements for consistent sharpness
  • 0.24m minimum focus distance

A natural wide-angle view
Offering a natural perspective and a wider angle of view, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is a good alternative standard lens to a traditional 50mm optic when used on a full-frame DSLR. On EOS cameras with APS-C sized sensors it gives an angle of view similar to a 56mm lens.

Image stabilisation for low-light shooting
Shoot hand held in low-light conditions using shutter speeds that are up to four stops slower than usually recommended. Image Stabilizer (IS) technology detects automatically when a photographer is panning to follow moving objects and switches off stablisation in this direction.

Large f/2 maximum apertureShooting with apertures as wide as f/2 enables photographers to work with shallow depth of field. Enjoy a bright viewfinder image and use relatively fast shutter speeds even in dim conditions.

Advanced autofocus
Enjoy fast, near-silent autofocus thanks to a ring-type ultrasonic AF motor. Stay in control with full-time manual focus override.

Sophisticated optical design
An aspherical lens element maximises image quality while a eight-bladed aperture diaphragm delivers smooth, out-of-focus bokeh. The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM focuses down to 0.24m, letting you get close to your subjects.

Compact design
Small enough to always warrant a place in your bag, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is perfect for reportage and street photography.

Reviews

The lens was tested in conjunction with a Canon 1Ds Mark III Full-Frame Dslr Camera.

"The Canon EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM is undoubtedly a well done instrument, in every respect better than the elderly (presented in 1990) Canon EF 35 mm f/2. The problem is that it is also as much as three times more expensive. The price point of over 3000 PLN, and so much you must currently pay for the new Canon, is really dangerously high for two reasons. One of these reasons is called the Canon EF 35 mm F/1.4L USM. Many people might decide to add a bit and purchase a faster L series instrument which is renowned of its excellent properties; mind you, the price of second hand specimen, still in good working

Post date: 20/02/2013 - 14:00

If weather sealing was added to Canon's package I'd say it had a fair chance against the Sigma, but as it stands now, its main trumph card is only the smaller size/weight. 

"Attached to a Canon EOS 5D MKII it ranks 4th overall and 2nd for wide-angle primes, just behind the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A, which at a similar cost offers the same focal length, a wider f/1.4 maximum aperture but no Image Stabilization. You can read our DxOMark review of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM here. 

Post date: 07/02/2013 - 10:36

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.

Post date: 06/02/2013 - 09:48

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.

Post date: 17/01/2013 - 23:02

"The Canon 35mm f/2 IS is among the sharpest wide lenses I've tested, just like the 35mm f/1.4 L (1998-) and original 35mm f/2 (1990-). The only differences between these and the 24-70/2.8 L II is if you're looking in the far corners on full-frame wide-open, in which case, the original 35/f2 is slightly less sharp, and all the rest are also about the same, with this 35/2 IS and the 24-70/2.8 L II being very slightly better in the corners wide-open.

This 35/2 IS is extraordinarily sharp and contrasty, even at f/2. Throughout most of the image, there is little or no

Post date: 05/01/2013 - 08:18

"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

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$850
Release Date: 
11/2012
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
17.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
2.0 TStop
Distortion: 
0.40%
Vignetting: 
-1.8 EV
Chr. aberration: 
6.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
Ring USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
35mm
Angle of view: 
54°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
10 elements in 8 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/2.0
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.24cm
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 4-stops Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
62.0mm
Length: 
78.0mm
Weight: 
335.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
67mm
Lens Hood included: 
No

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