Lens review

Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0

17 June 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

4. Image resolution

The resolution test (resolution meaning here the MTF50 function) of the Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0 was based on RAW files from the Canon EOS 5D Mk III. In the case of that reflex camera the decency level is situated near 30-32 lpmm and the best fixed focus lenses can reach as high as 44-47 lpmm.

Let’s check how the tested instrument compares here. The performance in the frame centre, on the edge of the APS-C sensor and on the edge of full frame, depending on aperture values, presentes the image below.

Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0 - Image resolution

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When it comes to the centre of the frame it can be clearly seen that at the maximum relative aperture you can’t speak about full usefulness of the image. Fortunately its quality improves very quickly on stopping down the aperture; by employing f/2.2-2.5 you can make the image fully acceptable and by f/2.8 their quality is already good.

The lens doesn’t break any resolution records because its MTFs were near f/5.6 as high as 42 lpmm and it was actually the lens’s maximum resolution value. It is a very good result but hardly sensational. New constructions such as the Canon EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM can provide sharp images already by f/2.0 and their maximum achievements brush against 46 lpmm.

As the performance in the frame centre can be praised, the edge of the frame is a real Achilles heel of the Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0. Already on a small APS-C sensor you have to close the lens down to f/5.6 in order to get useful images. On full frame the results are simply tragically weak. At the maximum relative aperture the MTFs barely exceed 15 lpmm and the highest possible result can be achieved by f/11; still even there the lens cannot go higher than 30 lpmm.

Additionally near the maximum relative aperture you can notice a slight sharpness difference between the left and the right side of the frame. It is not a very pronounced effect, masked a bit by astigmatism and other off-axis aberrations (for example horizontal MTFs on the left and on the right don’t differ from each other almost at all, a distinct difference being only visible when you check vertical MTFs) but worth your notice.

At the end of this chapter traditionally we present crops taken from photos of our resolution testing chart; they were taken from JPEG files saved along with RAW files we used for the analysis above.

Canon 5D Mk III, JPEG, f/2.0
Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0 - Image resolution
Canon 5D Mk III, JPEG, f/4.0
Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0 - Image resolution