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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM 35mm Primes

4.78 star rating
                      4.78 / 5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $1499.00


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length35mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/1.4
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus • Manual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance12 in
    Diaphragm Blades8 Blades
    Picture Angle38 - 63 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size72 mm
    Groups / Elements11 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diameter3.1 in
    Length3.4 in
    Weight20.5 oz
    UPC4960999214023
    Product ID28246741

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kirk1 a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2008

Strengths:    Sharp at all apertures. Controls flare very very well. Extremely quick to focus and almost perfectly silent.

Weaknesses:    Slight CA at f1.4-f1.8, nothing to worry about though.

Bottom Line:   
What can I say, you get what you pay for, and this is so true with this lens.
Originally when I purchased it, the first two weeks I had front focussed images, so I took the Camera and Lens to Canon , and presto the beast came alive.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   BH

Similar Products Used:   35f2, 85 1.2L, 135L, etc

Type of photography:   Sports


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christoffer Mattsson a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2007

Strengths:    Build quality.
The lens hood.
Autofocus speed.
Colour rendition.


Weaknesses:    None so far...

Bottom Line:   
This is one of my favourite lenses. I mostly use it with my EOS 1D MarkII N as a walkabout lens. It provides me with enough light to be used indoors without a flash. The depth of field can be kept to a minimum to let the focus of for examle the eye stand out in the picture. It is very well built and the autofocus i really smooth and responses instanly. The autofocus functions in extremely low light.
As I review my pictures both on screen and in prints I must admit that there is a difference between primes and zooms. I´m a prime nerd, and try to only use primes. If you have the money, buy it, use it and love it. I will never sell mine.
Not even if Canon made an EF 24-300/1,4 L IS USM (Ha ha ha...)

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Expert Foto Lidköpin

Similar Products Used:   EF 20/2,8
EF 50/1,4
EF 85/1,8
EF 100/2,8


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mick a Casual

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2003

Strengths:    Sharp, Fast, Robust.

Weaknesses:    None!

Bottom Line:   
I enjoy street photography, so I was looking for something that would allow me to take shots without the need for a flash or tripod. Originally I was looking at a rangefinder, but wasn't keen on carry more equipment around, so I decided to use the existing body that I had, an EOS30.

I heard people say that this lens was pretty sharp even wide open, but I had never seen any examples nor could a find a store that stocked it, so I bit the bullet and ordered it via the web.

Man! Was I impressed!!
This lens allows me to travel light and go un-noticed. With stealth I can move in, take the shot, and move out again.

The speed of the lens also means I don't have to ask people to stand still for me, I can take their photo while they're doing their everyday things.

Get this lens, you won't regret it.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   EF 16-35/2.8
EF 24-70/2.8


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Des Smith a Intermediate from London

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2003

Strengths:    Image quality & speed

Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
It's short & sweet. Like this review! I do people & difficult situations & this is a very nice lens. I used to use a 28 1.8 for clubs & Jazz & crowds. this is equally as usefull but the quality is much superior.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   ASK Electronics

Similar Products Used:   28 1.8 current cannon 1.8 is a bit "plasticky" so i don't use very much, but previous model was a nice lens.

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hamilton Joel a Expert from Falls Church, Virginia

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2001

Strengths:    Excellent sharpness and great in low light situations. Very nice lens for weddings and other social events. worth the money...

Weaknesses:    None....

Bottom Line:   
If you shoot a great deal of social events this the lens that you want....

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Penn Camera

Similar Products Used:   Canon F 2.0

Type of photography:   Other



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