Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Last updated (07 February’13):
- Review by SLRGear

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM features 35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/1.4. The lens construction has 11 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 63°. Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance at 0.3m/1 ft and has a filter size of 72mm. The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens weighs 20.5 Ounces and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Expert Reviews

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM and writes;
“Chromatic aberration is modest, geometric distortion is low, at only 0.26% barrel distortion, and even shading (more commonly called vignetting) isn’t too bad, at 0.44 EV, once again decreasing rapidly as you stop down, dropping to less than 1/10 EV from f/2.8 onward..”
Rating: ★★★★★

Lenstip reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM and writes;
“Canon EF 35 mm f/1.4L USM, as befits a professional top range lens, is equipped with a quick, silent ultrasonic motor. It is exactly as it should be – it works noiselessly and with lightning speed as it needs less than 0.5 second to travel from the minimum focus to infinity. The accuracy is also very good. In the studio we got a 4% margin of error on both bodies. What’s interesting, we noticed a very slight but nonetheless perceptible tendency to frontfocus by f/1.4.”
rating: N/A

Ephotozine reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM and writes;
“As you would expect from a prime lens, especially one with Canon’s famous L suffix, the optical performance was good. You will see from the chart that a gentle curve is achieved with no wild jumps from one stop to the next, always the sign of a well-produced lens. “
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SLRLensreview reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM and writes;
“In the f/1.4-f/2 range border performance is pretty mediocre, but by f/2.8 it reaches more or less decent levels and by f/5.6 becomes exceptionally good. Center performance, on the other hand, is very solid straight from f/1.4.”
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Wlcastleman reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM and writes;
“The EF 35mm f/1.4 L lens has significantly better sharpness (resolution and MTF) from f/2 to f/4 than the EF 35mm f/2 lens. Corner sharpness is very good if stopped down. The EF 35mm f/1.4 L is an excellent fast lens for wide field astrophotography and performs optimally at f/2.8. It is also a fast focusing lens when used for general photographic purpose. Performance is excellent at f/2 for non-astro photography.”
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Photozone reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM and writes;
“the resolution figures are exceptional and among the best tested so far. Typical for ultra-large aperture lenses vignetting is a little on the high side at wide-open aperture even on an APS-C DSLR but the issue remains correctable via imaging tools and stopping helps to resolves the issue if needed. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM and writes;
“Low available light portraits and other similar casual and formal shots are probably the use for which the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens’ shines brightest. Shooting under available light indoors after dark with the camera handheld is usually possible with this lens. The relatively wide focal length paired with a very fast f/1.4 aperture makes the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens a very good handheld indoor (without flash) lens. “
Rating: ★★★★★

Video Reviews

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Reviews

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Manual

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM User Manual

- Download Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM User Manual (PDF – 579Mb)

Features

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Specifications

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L wide-angle lens is a terrific standard lens for casual photographers and photojournalists who value low-light capability and high performance. The lens–which hails from Canon’s L series–is equipped with an aspherical lens element that helps correct aberrations and improve contrast and sharpness.

The lens’s floating focusing system, meanwhile, lets you enjoy sharp images throughout the entire focus range. Other details include a ring Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) that ensures quick and quiet autofocusing, a manual focusing option, and a 1-foot close focusing distance.

Specifications

* Focal length: 35mm
* Maximum aperture: f/1.4L
* Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
* Angle of view: 63 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
* Closest focusing distance: 1 foot
* Filter size: 72mm
* Dimensions: 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.4 inches long
* Weight: 20.5 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year


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