Summary: The EF 35 2.0 is considered semi-wide lens (63 degrees) on full frame cameras, e.g., 6D, and normal on APS-C, e.g., Rebel SL1. I find it ideal on my 6D for family snapshots and walking around the neighborhood. Sixty-three degrees is perfect for showing a subject in its natural environment. This is a petite lens, measuring in at 42.5mm length and 210g. It takes 52 mm filters. The barrel plastics feel sturdy and solid, besting the EF 50 1.8 build by a couple levels.
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: I went a head and got this lens after I found my self not having enough space to shoot my son with the 50. You don't always have that extra step or two to move back. I've been presently surprised this far. Besides having more room to operate, the lens is quite sharp and colors vibrant. I have the 17-55mm too but for those who have it too you know how heavy that guy is. I can see myself leaving the 35mm on the camera a good amount of time.
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: 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.
Summary: I bought this for my T3i after getting frustrated with the 50mm feeling too "zoomed in" at times. The viewing angle on this thing feels perfect, but without too much bulging distortion. I was leery of the price tag in comparison to the 50mm f/1.8, but this one is much higher quality than the 50mm. The focus gear disengages when it's in AF mode, so that you don't accidentally strip the gears. The focus gear is also large and REALLY smooth (both great things for video).
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: UPDATE 04/11/2013 - Use of Full-frame 5DII: ------------------------------------------- I now have been using this lens on my full-frame 5D mark II for 6 months and have have some more observations/opinions about it. I was expecting this lens to show some image quality issues on the high-resolution sensor in 5D, like i noticed with 50mm/1.8 (nifty fifty), but i was surprised as it produced superb images with very high quality. It really surprised me.