Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens
The Digital Picture
29 October 2007
Excerpt: For an L lens, this lens is relatively small - 3.1" x 3.4" (79.0mm x 86.0mm)(DxL) - and light - 20.5 oz (580g). Even smaller than the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM Lens . You know there is something in your hand, but the weight is not bothersome. The lens handles very well on the camera.
Summary: Despite its age, this lens is still capable of producing excellent results. The resolution recorded in the centre is high, even at wide apertures. Although the resolution may fall off towards the edges, I find this acceptable in use with wide aperture lenses such as this.
Pros: Good centre resolution at wide apertures, Outstanding performance across the frame when stopped down, Build quality, Weather resistant, Resistance to flare
Conclusion: The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L is highly regarded in the Canon community and it also shows in the lab. 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. CAs are a little on the high side unfortunately.