Canon EF 35mm F1.4 II on the Canon EOS 5DSR. Photo by Carey Rose.

Canon's new EF 35mm F1.4L USM II lens has some pretty big shoes to fill. It's not exactly a secret how revered its older brother is around the DPReview offices. The mark one version, now on the market for 17 years, has become both a benchmark and a staple of many a pro Canon shooter's kit. The new model brings with it a new optical formula, nine aperture blades instead of eight, and promises increased sharpness and performance to keep up with Canon's latest mega-megapixel camera offerings.

With some uncharacteristically dry Seattle weather, we jumped at the opportunity to take the new lens out and shoot some environmental portraits, landscapes and lots more in-between. So is it a worthy replacement? Take a look and see for yourself.