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Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0

23 September 2007
Arkadiusz Olech

3. Build quality

As far as the build quality is concerned the lens is closer to the EF 1.4/50 than to the EF 1.8/50 II. It has a metal bayonet and metal body built into a plastic finish. We also come across a quite readable resolution scale and resolution manual ring, which, in spite of being narrow, is placed in the middle of the lens, not on the edge like in the 1.8/50 II. The ring performance precision is at a medium level. When pressing a bit, the ring moves sideways, which, fortunately, does not result in any resolution scale movement. Just by pressing a bit harder brings the desired effect. Such looseness should not be present.

Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0 - Build quality


It is worth mentioning that the EF 2/35 is a very small lens, which can be seen in the picture below. We placed it next to the EF 1.8/50 II and the EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM. It is similar to the EF 1.8/50 II size-wise but it is slightly narrower. The lens’s weight of 210 grams is very little indeed.

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Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0 - Build quality

As far as the internal structure is concerned, the 1990 construction does not offer anything extraordinary. The lens contains 7 elements set up in 5 groups. None of the lenses is made of low dispersion glass either. Inside the lens we find a 5-blade diaphragm and non-rotating thread for 52 mm diameter filter mounting.

Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0 - Build quality

As is customary for Canon, the accessories for the purchased lens are very humble. In the lens kit we get lens covers, a paper box, Styrofoam and a small plastic bag.