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Very close to the 85L in sharpness and contrast, the 35mm f/1.4L is Canon’s sharpest and fastest lens in the “moderately wide” category. It’s superb for landscapes, group portraits, and street photography.
Yeah, we know you have this focal length covered with a really good zoom. But there’s just something special about the images created with this lens.
This is the wide angle member of the Holy Trinity of L prime lenses: the 35 f/1.4, 85 f/1.2, and 135 f/2.0. It’s one of the older designs in Canon’s lineup but still nearly flawless: sharp even in the edges, contrasty, and has smooth out-of-focus highlights. I find myself trying to find a way to frame a shot at this focal length, just so I can use this lens. If you’ve ever asked the question “why would you shoot with a prime lens when zooms are so much more convenient” this lens will demonstrate the answer for you.
However, from a pure resolution standpoint it has now been passed up by the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, which is sharper both in the center and along the edges and corners. The Canon remains a bit more predictable, though, both in autofocus accuracy and bokeh.
- Filter Size
- 72mm (nonrotating front element)
- 1.3 lb
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 1 foot
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 63 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Rear focusing, nonrotating, USM motor, full-time manual
- Aperture Blades
- 8 curved, octragonal shape
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Fluorite Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Flare resistance
- Minimal ghosting, mild to moderate contrast loss
- Canon EF
- Crop, Full frame
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