Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L
Loralei Brooks, Amazon
12 September 2013
Summary: I ordered this lens a month or so ago and it's left my main cam twice only out of necessity. I am not sorry I bought it ~ I am sorry however I waited so long to buy it (but who hasn't been once they've gotten their hands on this gem - and it is a gem of a lens). It being a prime lens, it's sharp - but more than that - it's just incredibly sharp ~ the most beautiful bokeh and it is built like a typical Canon L.
Summary: Bought a used version of this lens with just a couple of dings in it. Its become my go-to lens for sessions and newborn photography. Really thrilled with the fast focus and overall quality of the lens. I shoot primarily with this lens and the 85 1.2, if you are deciding between the two lenses, I would pick this one first. It is much faster than the 85! LOVE this lens!
Summary: The build quality of this lens is top notch. My suggestion is to spend some extra money and get this L series lens. This is one of the fastest lenses I have tested, AF is achieved in less than 2 Lux in a second or so. Image quality is excellent and provides very good bokeh. Pictures at f/1.4 were exceptionally sharp but the sweet spot starts from as low as f/2.2 all the way to f/4.
Summary: I've been shooting with this for a week on my 5Dii; until then I had been using the 24-105 4.0L as my primary walkaround, with the 50 1.4 for a low-light option. The sharpness and versatility of this lens, even wide open, make me reluctant to shoot with anything else. Delicious bokeh, great detail and the best color rendition I've seen from a Canon lens. I could not recommend more highly, particularly for "street shooters".
Worth every penny, precision, speed, versatility, and more...
24 June 2013
Summary: Canon rarely seems to disappoint, as this lens is worth every penny. The clarity is amazing, and the versatility of this lens is outstanding. Perfect for any occasion, as you are sure to get the shots you are looking for with this lens. We shot many hours with this lens, the weight and size seemed perfect for our wedding events.
Summary: Found myself shooting wide open with my 50mm 1.4, but was displeased with its softness in the 1.4-2.8 range as well as its narrower field of view. I therefore was looking for a lens with a wider field of view and sharper image, but without the distortion of a wide angle lens that something in the 20mm range would create. Enter the 35mm 1.4. I love it!
Summary: I was hesitant to this lens due to the price. BUT, after owning it I wish I would have ordered it sooner. If you are on the fence or thinking about waiting my suggestion to you is to not wait any longer and get this ordered. I know it is expensive but the pictures I have taken with it have exceeded my expectations. I previously used a fixed 50mm F1.8 and I wonder if this would really be that much better. I have to say it is!
Summary: Title says it all. I've been using this along with my 135L lens and my pictures come out great. The only down side is if you ask someone to take a picture for you, they often don't focus the lens properly and you get a s***ty picture (Unless they are a slightly advance camera user). I would recommend this lens to any photography enthusiast who has the money for it.