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: 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: 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.
Summary: Well a lot of gloom and doomers are saying this thing is destined to break. Whatever. It's been said about all Canon lenses i guess. Mine's been on my Rebel since the day it got here about a month ago. Most people won't notice that the motor is noisy. There is absolutely no issue with back-focusing. This is my third lens for my Canon. I started about six years ago with Canon after finally changing to digital after decades of film shooting.
Summary: Though this lens is an older mecanical design without the ultrasonic motor for virtually instant, silent focus, it more than makes up for any supposed shortcomings with superb optical performance. Even wide open, it will perform on par or in many cases out resolve lenses costing considerably more, and all this at a price less than even independantly manufactured lenses that have a more modern, robust construction.
Summary: I just got this lens a couple days ago, and so far I love the results I'm getting. I have a Canon Digital Rebel T1i and was upgrading my lens from the kit lens, and a 50mm f/1.8. Being that I don't have a full frame camera, I love that this lens is giving me a 56mm perspective. I don't see myself taking this lens off my camera anytime soon. Upgrading from the lenses I did, the quality of my pictures seem better with this 35mm lens.