Any experience with the new 35 IS?

Started Dec 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Sovern Contributing Member • Posts: 907
Re: Any experience with the new 35 IS?

Alastair Norcross wrote:

Sovern wrote:

Seems like a very over priced lens. Why not save up a little more money and get the 35L prime? It seems to me that Canon is now re releasing primes with IS for a very high price but are catering them to the DSLR video crowd.

It seems to me that the IS is only useful for video which is what they're catering their new crop factor DSLR's and lenses too. Not a bad thing but I'd rather just have the L prime instead of the IS version.

After all on FF a good photographer should be able to hand hold the 35mm at a shutter speed of 30. You'd get camera blur with pretty much anything that moves and at shutter speeds lower than say 15 IS is useless.

The 28 1.8 USM still seems like a better lens. Low distortion, 1/3rd of a stop faster, less than half the price, and slightly wider. 35mm is a weird focal length because I feel as though the 50mm fills it's role better and the 28mm serves its own role without producing distorted photos if you know how to shoot with it right (IE don't try to take close up portraits with it).

I'm actually considering selling my 35L to get this lens. IS is very useful. 4 stops of IS is better for me than one stop of aperture. It all depends on the optical quality. If it's nearly as good as the 35L, it would be worth it. I can get sharp shots with my 24-105 at 24mm down to 1/5 on my 7D. So IS can absolutely be useful way slower than 1/15. The 35 IS has the newer 4 stop IS, compared with the 3 stop IS on the 24-105. I would expect to be able to hand hold the 35 IS down to about 1/4 on my 7D, and even slower on a full frame. I had the 28 F1.8, and liked it, but it wasn't anywhere close to the 35L in optical quality. I expect the 35 IS to be considerably better, but I'm waiting to see reviews and experience from owners. So far, it looks good.

IS useful for 35mm??? What are you shooting lol......I'd rather have the L prime any day of the week over the IS version. Better optics, bokeh, faster, much more useful for shooting moving objects such as people. 4 stops of IS is borderline useless on 35mm in my opinion. Try shooting people with a shutter below 1/60 and you'll see what I mean.

The 35IS is very obviously catered to Canon DSLR video shooters as they have shown this with their new 40mm lens too. Their 40mm 2.8 pancake is slow but good for video.

You probably shoot stationary things I'm guessing as I don;t find IS useful at all on such a short focal length even on crop body. Heck I don;t even find IS useful at 50mm on crop as I need a shutter of at least 1/100 - 1/125 to freeze subject motion when it comes to basic run of the mill portraiture.

Shooting a fast paced event like a wedding and I'd be afraid to go lower than 1/150 or the cameras max flash sync speed.

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