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Owner reviews: Canon EF 35 mm f/ 2
Compact, light and luminous.
Slow and noisy focusing motor, not very sharp a f/2.
Corners not very sharp at f/4.
Nice small lens, the only drawback is its poor perfomance in far borders until you reach f/8 if used on a full frame body. I can live with a slow focusing motor but cannot stay with its poor perfomance at f/4 if you shot landscapes with it (the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 is even worse but it is also wider).
For portraiture it is fine and interesting when shooting between f/2~f/2.8, until you see the pentagonal shaped highlights.
The 35mm focal legnth is a must have for everyday shooting in my case, I do almost everything with such a focal length. As I was dissapointing with its perfomance I switched to the cheap Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.
The lens has a 52mm filter thread, so filters are cheaper, and there are other three old Canon lenses that share this filter thread (28mm f/2.8, 40mm f/2.8 STM, 50mm f/1.8 I & II, 135mm f/2.8), I had several of them so it was very easy to share polarized filters between them.
Shares also the same lenshood with the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8.
This lens has DOF marks and distance scale, I like this feature in lenses, as you can set quickly the focusing distance and know more or less the DOF you will get. Not everything needs autofocus.
Very compact. P>
Max aperture. P>
As already mentioned here - noisy. P>
On a full frame visibly vignettes. P>
Seemed too soft in the open aperture. P>
In my opinion - a very good lens for this money. Especially for the crop. Though using right now on the FF p>
Small, very bright, sharp on max aperture. Easy focusing for both crop and for the full-frame, low-cost. P>
Noise when focusing, on the apertures 2.0-2.2 noticeable chromatic. At 2.5-2.8 aberrations anymore. P>
Bought as a regular lens on a camera with crop sensor. The third month is not removed from the camera. If he was an ultrasonic motor - it would be all super. However, and so focuses pretty confident, but that's noisy. P>