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Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0

Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 35 mm f/2.0
Lens style Wide angle
Focal length 35 mm
Maximum aperture f/2
Angle of view 63.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.3
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 5
Auto focus type AFD
Lens Construction 7 elements / 5 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 67.4 x 42.5 mm
Weight 210 g
Additional information Marketed October 1990
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3.40 Average
Owners reviews (5)
  1. Mac
    Mac 20 February 2017, 07:45
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    IP 24.201.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $175
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Buzzy Arc-Form Drive (AFD) autofocus; lens barrel extends. Some of the typical lens flaws, all in small doses however (barrel distortion, corners, shading wide open, etc.) A useless DOF scale, but does have IR mark. Not built for abuse nor carelessness. Aperture only has five blades. Should have been an f/1.8 like every other SLR company.

    Pros: Sharp! Fast AF, fast(ish) aperture. Barrel doesn\'t rotate during focusing so you can use specialist filters easily. Small and even beats its L sibling in a few parameters, so you can save some money unless you really need that extra stop (or just like to show off pricey gear).

    Summary: When this lens was released the Canon rep said they had rushed it to market so the EF line would a 35 prime: they used the same housing as for the original 50mm 1.8 and 28mm 2.8. It had no special glass (the 28mm had an aspherical element) so I didn\'t try it. My loss! Two decades later I buy one off a friend. Sadly, this is a lens disappearing from the EF line: a very good lens at a fair price. I bought mine as a normal for my APS infrared camera, but it\'s been living on my FF. A great little lens...

  2. AlexJ
    AlexJ 28 March 2012, 13:22
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    IP 60.240.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $300 AUD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Muddy image at f/2. Some longitudinal CA. Noticeable distortion on straight lines (but not excessive). the 18-55 kit zoom is about as sharp (or maybe even a bit sharper), although the prime seems to render better colours.

    Pros: Sharp at f/2.8, mild lateral CA. Small and light makes it great for social shooting on APS-C (1-2 people) or full frame (group shots). Can focus much closer than most non-macro lenses. Cheapest 35mm lens for Canon cameras.

    Summary: Works well as a normal lens on APS-C cameras and good depth of field in portrait shots. It's the best value 35mm prime for Canon (the Samymang 35mm 1.4 is apparently better all round, but it costs more and you lose autofocus and aperture control), but if you're not a fan of the focal length, or don't need the aperture, I'd stick with a zoom. Sharpness is similar and the price-performance ratio is average.

  3. phototaxi
    phototaxi 3 May 2011, 10:28
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    IP 89.204.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: 200€
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: optical not so good as the standard zooms, ugly build quality, random AF, slow

    Pros: small

    Summary: i sold the lens

  4. Cezary
    Cezary 11 October 2010, 09:45
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    IP 174.3.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 285
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Noisy AF. Average build quality. Bad bokeh.

    Pros: Small and light. Very sharp from f4 on.

    Summary: It is one of the sharpest non-L primes. Beats most of the zooms in IQ department. Not perfect but a very good value for the money.

  5. chuckov
    chuckov 6 February 2010, 08:54
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    IP 24.45.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 230
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: image soft at max aperture. hard to manually focus (no usm).

    Pros: unbeatable resolution at optimal aperture f5.6. Extremely compact. Replaces 50mm "normal" lens on APC-sensor cameras.

    Summary: Complements any set of zooms as a fast, small normal perspective lens with sharpness expected of a prime lens.

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