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Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM Lens

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Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM lens

Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM lens

Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM lens

Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM lens


Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 1998

Optical design: 11 elements in 9 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor
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Photos (14)

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Average price: $1453


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Additional information:

The Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM  is a wide-angle lens delivering rather  natural perspective,  very close to the human eye's angle of view.

This is a good choice for genre, landscape and portrait photography. Its versatility may explain the fact why this lens is very popular with wedding photographers. Many users consider this lens to be the best of Canon modern  lineup lenses.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM proves its worth in poor lighting conditions. It focuses fast and accurately.

It is already fast at f/1.4. From f/2 onward it is extremely sharp. At wide apertures it produces very beautiful out-of-focus blurring (bokeh.).

The lens can boast the maximum lens speed in its class. The ninth element in its optical scheme is a ground aspherical lens, almost completely eliminating spherical aberration and distortion.

A nonrotating filter mount ensures a simple use of  circular polarizing, gradient and other filters.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM has a relatively small dimensions (79 x 86 mm), which makes it compact  and convenient. Alongside with all its professional characteristics, it weighs 580 g and it is not bothersome even if you are engaged in shooting all day long.

As well as the other L-series lenses, this one is moisture and dust protected.

Compatible hoods:   EW-54II,  EW-78C

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 11.08.2010

Photos taken with this lens Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM:

in the rain
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Autor: igor
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Church in Ostankino
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Autor: NerveNet
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Mechanical quality5.009
Optical quality5.009
Pricing / Value3.339
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Owner reviews: Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM

NerveNet 06.03.2020 01:55:04
Period of use: 4 years

  • Sharp wide open
  • Quick and quiet USM drive
  • Full time manual focus (FTM)
  • Front element doesn't rotates or extends (focus is internall)
  • Very well made
  • Canon colors


  • Some chromatic aberrations visible
  • Unsharp in the edges when wide open
  • Weight
  • Big 72mm filter thread
  • 8 straight aperture blades
  • Very few DOF marks on the barrel


This is mainly my favorite travel lens.

Focus silently, accurately and quickly.

Very sharp wide open but lacks some sharpness in the corners which improves quickly when stopped down.

There are some chromatic aberrations visible, still present when stopping down.

Vignetting is present wide open but goes away around f/2.8.

Performs very well on 5D, 5D mark II and a bit less on the 5Ds.

The only issues are weight and size.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM is huge compared with the old school Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 Ai-S being the Nikkor made all of metal it weights about 100gr less and is smaller. If you close both at f/8~f/11 you will not notice the difference in any picture except in the color rendition and barrel distortion. But wide open the Canon is better and seems to be a little brighter to me.