Summary: I've started using this lens as a "walk around" lens on my crop sensor camera (Canon xTi) which makes it closer to a 50mm focal length. I like this lens but I find that the noise the camera makes when focusing is kind of loud. In addition, I noticed vignetting wide open on the xTi. I don't mind the vignetting so much but I can imagine this may be a deal breaker for some (I haven't tried this on my 5d mark II to see how dramatic it may be on a full frame).
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 returned it and got the 28mm 1.8f. There is nothing wrong with this lens, but we mainly shoot portraits and weddings and needed something that was good for large bridal parties. We 35mm wasn't wide enough to suit our needs and too wide for portraits. The lower f stop is always a bonus. It's great for indoor, tighter spaces -- especially if you don't want the hint of distortion you can get with the 28mm (we happen to like that effect).
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.
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13 September 2012
Summary: I'm starting my lens collection, while this is not the greatest lens for photo, the video it produces is fantastic. I just got into this DSLR video ring, and this, by far given me the second best results next to my 50 1.8. I could just a sucker for shallow depth of field.
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 bought this lens because I was looking for something a bit wider than my beloved 50mm 1.8 to use with my Canon 30D. I mostly take pictures of my children indoors, so wanted the extra width while still being a fast (and light) lens. So far it has been great, the only complaint is that the autofocus is noisy and a bit slow which can sometimes mean missing a shot with fast-moving young children. But honestly for the price it's pretty a pretty great lens.
Summary: For full-frame photography, the 35mm focal length gives you that fun, slightly-wider-than-normal shot which is very versatile in landscapes, architecture, and even portraiture. So it is frustrating to me that Canon offers only this basic version, L-level version, and zoom versions of this focal length, and does not have a USM mid-level 35mm lens like they do with most other common focal lengths. That gripe out of the way, this lens otherwise performs just fine.
Summary: I picked up this little beauty to use as a normal prime on my EOS 40D and as a moderate wide angle on my 5D Mark II. Overall, image quality is fantastic. A lot of people complain about the older style AF system but I didn't find the noise too bad. Yes, you'll hear it but it's not nearly as bad as some reveiws indicate. The only time I really noticed it was when focus went from infinity to the minimum distance or vice versa.