Summary: This lens takes great indoor/low light pictures. I have read many reviews which stated the lens would not mount correctly to their camera and I am happy to say I have not had those problems mounting to my rebel t3i. I have not put my factory 18-55mm lens the camera came with back on since this one arrived. This lens is a good value. It has a reasonably quick focus and the f/2 aperture is wonderful.
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 have used this lens for a while since I can't afford the 1.4L version. It is a little noisy, but not as bad as some say. People make it sound like it's an X-1 breaking the sound barrier when it focuses, for goodness sakes. It takes clean, sharp images and the focal length is great.
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: 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.
Summary: This lens is a little workhorse! Before owning this lens the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras practically lived on my camera full time. This lens now lives on my camera more than the 50mm. Why do I like it so much? It's a bit wider than my 50mm, which makes it less difficult to use in closer quarters on my crop body camera. It's super sharp, especially when stopped down to f2.8 and beyond.
Summary: I bought this lens because I wanted a good, fast prime lens for indoor use on my 50D. I also own the EF 50mm f/1.4 which I love, but indoors I find it less useful due to the crop frame sensor of the 50D. I knew I wanted something in the wide angle range (due to the 1.6x crop frame of the camera) so I looked at the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and the EF 35mm f/2.0.
Summary: This product has a good number of excellent reviews that give you a general idea of what is good about this lens... so I'll be brief. Reasons I love it: * Very quick to focus * Sharp * Useful in full body portraits to head-shots (on a 1.6x DSLR like a Rebel/450D) * Great low-light lens (I use it all the time in clubs) * Very light weight * Useful focus window (unlike the Rebel XSI/XS/T1i's kit 18-55mm IS lens) * "EF" (Useful on full frame, and "crop" frame sensor...