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?

ali20 wrote:

I bought the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. But I returned it after taking a few test shots. This lens is very soft at F2. I found this disappointing. I was spoiled after buying the 135L. The 135L is very sharp at F2, and gets even sharper stopped down. Since Canon's MTF charts show similar numbers at F2 for both of these lenses, I was hoping to get the same sharpness for the EF 35mm IS lens at F2. I had to stop down this lens to F4 or F5.6 to get decent sharpness.

Personally, when I buy a lens, I like to shoot wide open. I have no reason to buy a pricy lens only to stop it down to get decent sharpness. Besides, I like shallow depth of field photography. I decided to hold on to my money and wait for better Canon lenses in the future.

Coincidentally, the build quality of the new 35mm lens is very good. Focusing is very nice and fast. The manual focus ring is very well damped and feels just right. It is much better than the 50mm F1.4.

Thanks,

Ali.

Not surprising  IS adds more glass which degrades the image quality. A lot of people think this is the main reason why the amazingly good (possibly best zoom ever) Canon 24-70L II does not have IS because it would degrade the IQ.

I agree with you that having the ability to shoot wide open is very important. I know that my Canon 85 1.8 is very sharp even wide open.

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