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About Canon 35mm F/1.4L

L-series professional f/1.4 wide-angle lens with an aspherical lens element to correct aberrations. The floating system enables high picture quality to be obtained over the entire focusing range. Autofocusing is quick and quiet with rear focusing and ring USM. Full-time manual focusing is also possible.

The Canon 35mm F/1.4L is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings and more.The Canon 35mm F/1.4L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 35mm F/1.4L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 35mm F/1.4L: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (55),Strong construction (42),Consistent output (39),Nice bokeh (31),Durable (31),Lightweight (24),Rugged (24),Easily interchangeable (18),Clear glass (8),Super-sharp images (7),Simple controls (6),Fast auto-focus (6) Superior build quality (5),Easily mounted (4),Good in low light (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (8),Pricey / poor value (3)
Best Uses:
Night photography (29),Low light (28),Weddings (24),Portraits (12),Landscape/scenery (11),General purpose (10),Travel (10),Video (10),Sports/action (6),Fun (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (16),Semi-pro photographer (11),Photo enthusiast (10),Enthusiast (8),Professional (5),Semi-professional (5)

Canon 35mm F/1.4L Specifications

Construction
9 groups / 11 elements
Angle of view
63°
F stop range
1.4-22
Closest Focusing Distance
0.3m / 1ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:5.5
Filter Size
72mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.1" x 3.4" / 79.0 x 86.0mm
Weight
20.5 oz. / 580g

Canon 35mm F/1.4L Reviews

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4.7

(based on 84 reviews)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of Canon's Best Primes

I own the Canon 10-22mm, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 50mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, 400mm f/5.6L, and this little guy and let me tell you the 35mm f/1.4L is becoming my favorite. I'm using it on a Canon 40D and 30D and it's such a great lens on a crop body. It's almost exactly like a 50mm on a full frame camera, which makes it so useful and fun to use. The best part about this lens is the image quality and low aperture. This is one of Canon's lenses that's actually good at f/1.4! Don't fear it... sh...

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I own the Canon 10-22mm, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 50mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, 400mm f/5.6L, and this little guy and let me tell you the 35mm f/1.4L is becoming my favorite. I'm using it on a Canon 40D and 30D and it's such a great lens on a crop body. It's almost exactly like a 50mm on a full frame camera, which makes it so useful and fun to use. The best part about this lens is the image quality and low aperture. This is one of Canon's lenses that's actually good at f/1.4! Don't fear it... shoot at f/1.4! It opens up a new realm of creativity. When stopped down to f/2 it's RAZOR sharp. Since buying this lens I barely touch my 24-70mm f/2.8L zoom. That's how good it is! I use it for a lot of subjects. For studio shots it's phenomenal for full body to shoulder-head portraits. It works wonders for shooting abstracts and other typical everyday things. I can't get it to leave my camera! The quality of Canon L-glass primes is simply the best in the industry. Get hooked on Canon primes. You will not regret it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

soft wide open

This is a great length for indoor people photography on crop cameras. Should be perfect for low light shots without flash. My copy has been to Canon twice and it is still blurry below 2.0. Those who get a good copy really like this lens, as would I if mine worked.

Reviewed by 84 customers

 
5.0

Sharpest Lens for Large Family Portrait

By

from Wilmington, DE  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this for a large family portrait where the final image will be a very large wall print. So this was the best sharpest lens for my 5D Mark II. Looking forward to using at weddings also.

 
5.0

One of the best lens'

By

from Boston, MA  -  Pro Photographer

Hi there! I love this product. I am a wedding photographer and it has enhanced my portfolio immensely. The other lens I really love is the 50mm. This is a close second to that. It's fast, sharp and easy to use.

 
5.0

My best lens

By

from Portland, ME  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've shuffled along with my kit 24-105mm L for the past several years, and it was versatile and very good quality. The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM won't be as versatile but the quality is the very best I know. I don't normally shoot shallow DOF, so I will tend to shoot most pictures at higher apertures except in low light.

 
5.0

great lens for close up to portrait

By

from Phoenix, AZ

After much research I decided on purchasing my first L lens. I had used a 35 mm film camera with a 50mm lens while in the Navy and found it suitable for most of the shots I was making. So the EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens seemed like the best choice for my first L lens. The EF 35mm 1.4 has been on my camera most of the past year. It is great for landscape, flowers, and portraits. Maybe it was because of the 1.6 conversion that makes a 35mm on my 7D look more like a 56mm or maybe because I do not make really close up portraits, but I have not seen the distortion that is so noticeable in many portraits made with wide angle lenses. There was a learning curve with this lens when shooting at it closest distance. I now ensure the right things are in my narrow depth of field when shooting those closer subjects and using the more open f-stops (like 1.4). My next buy will be an EF 12 II extension tube to get a little closer to making the EF 35mm 1.4L into a macro lens.

 
4.0

Lovely Lens.

By

from Austin  -  Pro Photographer

This is a really lovely piece of glass. Just might be my favorite lens to use on a APS-c crop sensored body (roughly 55mm there) I like the look of this setup over shooting with the 50 1.4 on a full frame body. It's the most "cinematic" looking lens to me with lovely bokeh. So much so that I thought there may be more blades in the diaphram construction, similar to a cine lens. But no, it's constructed of 8 blades as most of the nicer Canon lenses are. It's very sharp too. Especially at f2.8 and smaller. If you need a fast prime in this focal length, this lens, albeit expensive, it a nice choice. Sigma makes a new 35 1.4 that's considerably cheaper and very well reviewed. That one may be worth a look too.

 
5.0

Favorite Lens

By

from California  -  Pro Photographer

SOLID at 1.4. That's all I need to say. But really, this lens is a work of art. Perfect size, weight and the images it produces are gorgeous. Great all-around lens on full-frame. Highly Recommended!

 
5.0

Excellent Lens

By

from Boston, MA  -  Photography Student

Everything you need for a 35mm lens, this one has it. It is super fast in auto focus and is really useful in low light as well. I use it for documentarian photographies and it just gives me constant good results when I am cruising around Boston. Excellent lens.

 
5.0

Meet my new favorite lens!

By

from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Pro Photographer

I have to be honest. I first bought the 35mm 2.0 because I was trying to save a few bucks. It did not take me long to realize that it was not the lens for me. So I confidentially ordered the 35mm 1.4 and it was LOVE at first shot! It nails focus on almost every shot and the bokeh is enough to make me swoon :) I can definitely say that since the lens arrived on my doorstep and I put it on my 7d, that it has not come off my camera! I can't wait to use it at my next wedding at the end of this month! It will probably be on my camera for almost the whole wedding, other than the ceremony! I would recommend this lens to anyone! I am a portrait and wedding photographer and I have found my new favorite piece of equipment!

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely outstanding!!!

By

from South Carolina

I have been photographing for 45 (forty-five) years and have used an assorted array of equipment, mostly in 35mm format. Without question this lens is magnificent in IQ, handling and brightness. It is usually mounted to my 5D Mark III for street shooting, close-ups and informal portraits. Because I'm working with a FF camera, the added weight and bulk of this lens is inconsequential. It balances very nicely and has great perch for your hand. Manual focusing is also impeccable. In short, this is one of my two dream lenses (the other being Canon's 135mm f/2 L USM). Neither lens has stabilization, but that is a non factor, as I have decades of shooting w/o it and know what works. The out-of-focus (bokeh for you "younguns" who prefer using Japanese) is very, very good. So, the 35mm FL works much better (for me) versus the 50mm FL, which I feel is too tight on the street and for scene and scenic shooting.

 
5.0

Best Lens in my Bog

By

from Columbia, SC  -  Pro Photographer

I rented this lens first to try it out and I just didn't want to send it back. The lens produces super sharp images and gorgeous bokeh. I use it for both photography and video and have had amazing results. This lens stays on my camera 95% of the time.

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PAUL A  Rave reviews from other users, loved the way sample photos looked from other users (on flickr, etc.), needed a low-light medium/wide lens.
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LARRY S  Oops sorry, I use both Nikon and Canon and I'm on my iPod. My same comment applies for this Canon lens on my canon stuff. I use it mainly on a Canon 1v. It is also a fine lens
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