Lens review

Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0

17 June 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

  • good image quality in the frame centre,
  • moderate longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • low vignetting on APS-C,
  • good appearance of defocused images,
  • affordable price.


  • very weak image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • higher distortion than that of its direct rivals,
  • huge coma,
  • noticeable astigmatism,
  • noisy autofocus.

I believe it is already universally known and proven that the Yongnuo lenses are slightly improved older Canon constructions, released on the market in the era of the dominance of analogue photography. If you think that optical constructions as old as 25 years or even older can fare well in our tests and break resolution records then you are perhaps overly optimistic. The key to the Yongnuo’s success is its price. In the case of the YN 2/35 model you get a full frame lens with a good aperture speed and a very sensible performance in the frame centre for a mere 500 PLN.

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I don’t doubt it is an interesting choice for beginners and/or amateur photographers who want to experience at a low price the performance of a fast prime equipped with autofocus. The question remains how big is such a segment of customers. Full frame cameras are expensive after all and people who purchase them usually look for lenses of better quality even if they are a higher price-point.

Is then the Yongnuo YN 2/35 a good suggestion for owners of reflex cameras with the APS-C sensor? You can certainly follow that line of thinking. On a smaller detector you are able to eliminate those dreadful full frame corners and edges where the tested lens didn’t exactly distinguish itself. When it comes to the reflex cameras produced by Canon the Yongnuo doesn’t seem to have any direct rivals in its class of parameters and might be a pretty sensible option. However if the producers decide to launch Nikon mount lenses they might experience problems with the sales volume. Nikon does offer the Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8G DX, a model only a tad more expensive than the YN 2/35 but a bit faster and representing a noticeably higher optical quality.