Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
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Value for money 8
Overall quality 8
8 May 2012
Conclusion: I purchased the Canon 35mm f/1.4 L USM for use with a Canon 7D & 5D Mk II. This lens is excellent on both cameras and is sharp from f/1.4 through f/11 (after which it softens - but is still very good). It is basically L quality glass with a plastic body no L designation and of course no soft bag or even a lens hood which remains an optional accessory. This is why I gave the 3 - 4 star ratings.
Summary: It's a canon L. Not alot more to say. bit of purple fringing wide open, easily corrected in post. If you want the best (without going to manual focus lenses) it's your only option. dont regret it at all, but I personally didn't have the WOW factor that some claim.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Summary: A fantastic sharp and fast lens! There are very very good reasons why this lens is considered one of the best normal sized lenses Canon makes. This lens is pretty dang sharp even at 1.4 and is built like a tank. The only cons I see is that it does show some CA at 1.4 (like most lenses that fast) and does not have weather sealing.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I use it in indoor/low light conditions as a standard on my 1d mkIII. yes, it's fast and viewfinder is bright (main goal) yes, autofocus works fat as well yes, it's pretty sharp and yes, it's very large and heavy for prime to be honest I did expect marvelous results while they are just good.
Pros: Consistent Output, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: The only issues I have to add to all the previous reviewers are 2 minor disappointments I encountered with this lens: 1. The casing is plastic - this probably has no importance whatsoever, but, compared to the 135mm L lens, it feels less rugged. Time will tell. 2. When shooting low light/large aperture I encounter noticeable chromatic aberration - which the canon download software does not manage to eliminate. I was hoping for a sharper image.
Summary: This lens has very sharp focusing just like reviews you can read. The only thing that puzzles me is that, I can't do AF when I first turn on the 5D. I can try objects with high contrast and AF will not come on like the switch is set to MF. It takes like about 10sec before AF can focus or set to MF to focus and back to AF. Not sure if this is normal for this lens.
Summary: The 35L holds up its end of the bargain. It is fast, the contrast and color are amazing and even wide open it produces sharp images. I now see why this is one of the primes of the holy trinity (35L, 85L, 135L). I needed a lens to shoot indoors in low light with no flash and it fits the bill beautifully. I really don't know what else to say. And with the canon instant rebate, the deal was only sweeter.