Good alternate to kit lens and compliment to the 50mm f/1.8
14 May 2013
Summary: Pros: * compact travel-friendly * consistent photo quality that one comes to expect from Canon lenses * ideal focal length when photos taken in smaller spaces * reasonable performer in low light compared to Canon kit lens (18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS) Cons: * not wide enough for group shots that include large backdrops Detailed Comments: I needed a lens with a reasonably wide focal length that would also perform will in low light. I also own the Canon 50mm f/1.8 .
Summary: Every great image has two things in common...a good photographer and even better glass. This lens has been a beautiful addition to my collection. With one exception, It's been the only lens on my body since I got it and I've taken about 250 shots with it since getting in on the 11th. I've used it wide open and haven't experienced the softness issues other reviewers have mentioned. I also have a Nifty 50 and my primes are rapidly becoming my favorite.
Summary: Ive been doing photography for a couple years now. I have a zoom lens, 50mm, and the kit lens my camera came with. 75% of the time my 50 is on my camera. But I found myself struggling with finding enough room indoors with this lens. I researched for a really long time and kept coming back to this lens. So far I love it! Its exactly what I was hoping it would be.
Summary: I use this entirely for DSLR video and I love it! It's very sharp and colors look amazing. It gets kind of soft when it's wide open, but I would still prefer it over the Canon 16-35 any day! It obviously can't get as wide as the 16-35, but when comparing both at 35mm, I love the look of this prime lens way more than the $1000+ 16-35 lens. I don't see myself ever using the 16-35 again...not unless I need a super wide shot.
Summary: First, let's talk specs. This is a prime lens, which means it has a fixed focal length. That means NO ZOOM. 35 mm has for years been a go-to for prime lens users. This particular 35 is also a wide-angle, which makes it well suited for crop-sensor DSLRs. If you don't know what that means, suffice it to say that any Canon SLR that is not a 5D or 1D has a crop sensor, which means that you're effectively using 56 mm of this 35 mm lens. Questions about this, look here:[...
Summary: I got this lens after finding that my 50mm was just too tight indoors. I was always limb chopping my daughter's photos because I had no room to get it all in! This lens is perfect! And super sharp! I have a Canon Rebel T3 (crop). I've done 2 newborn shoots with it and everyone comments how sharp my photos are. I debated for a long time about what lens to get, and I'm really happy that I chose this one.
An amazing lens for the price, ideal for photographing kids in ambient light on crop bodies.
Alan S. Pinstein, Amazon
21 December 2012
Summary: I've got a Canon T3i (crop body) and have been using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 to shoot the kids around the house. While that lens is fast and takes acceptable pics, it's pretty soft below f/2.8 and not super-sharp ever. It's also a bit long for taking shots around the house. Shooting inside small rooms, I've ended up with a ton of really nice pics of my kids heads, and that's about it.
Summary: An essential piece of kit. I have never really liked zooms - even a cheap prime beats an L series zoom in my opinion, in terms of image quality. For example - try this lens against the 24-105 f4.0 L lens at 35mm - at f4 the images are quite obviously different in quality - the cheaper 35mm beats it soundly. The lack of contrast and fall off in the corners is easily fixed in DPP or ACR with lens correction selected.
Pros: 1) cheap, 2) reliable, 3) light and compact
Cons: 1) slowish and noisy focus, 2) not sharp at f2.0 - you need to shoot at f2.8 and up, 3) colors are slightly washed out and grey looking - not much contrast on this lens.
Summary: I bought this as my first prime lens. I love the sharp photo quality I get out of it (much better than the kit lens). Small and lightweight, this is great for walking around. The downside is the loudness of the autofocus. I had read a review about how it sounds like an angry bee is stuck inside.. that is very true. Though it is a small price to pay for a great lens!
Summary: I originally bought this lens because a 35mm is the closest you can get to a 50mm full frame equivalent on a Cannon Rebel T3i. I mainly use my camera for portrait work. I also have a Cannon EF50 F/1.4 USM and I have to say that I still like shooting with the 50mm better. The lens is noisier, colors don't seem as bright, distortion is higher, and auto focus is slower. It just seems over-priced for what it is.