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Owner reviews: Canon EF 35 mm f/ 1.4 L USM
- 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
- 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.