Question to those who own the EF 35mm F/2 IS USM lens

Started Sep 19, 2022 | Discussions thread
lighthunter80
lighthunter80 Senior Member • Posts: 1,010
Re: Question to those who own the EF 35mm F/2 IS USM lens

SteveHU89 wrote:

KevinRA wrote:

SteveHU89 wrote:

How does it compare to the 50mm 1.8 STM lens? Because I read things like this (35mm) is considered an L lens without the red ring, beautiful colors, contrast and all kinds of praises... then there were haters as well. A recent one I read was comparing it to the nifty-fifty STM and/or slightly better to it.

Please tell me that isn't true. Of all the lenses I used on Aps-c and FF, the nifty-fifty has the most boring, dullest looking image rendition. It is so sterile and bad..... I don't care what the MTF charts say and I rarely used it wide open. It needs HEAVY work in ACR and my other L lens produces fantastic RAW results without touching a slider. So if the 35mm F2 IS USM lens is similar to 50, then I'd rather spend a bit more on a 3rd party lens such as Sigma art or Tamron. In fact, I'm trying to decide between the three.

I owned this lens for some time.

On APS-C - very very nice even at f/2. Very useable even wide open across whole frame.

The issue is f/2 (and lesser extent f/2.8) on the borders on full frame - just outside the APS-C frame - where coma takes over. Now this can be not noticeable in some instances - but is painful in some shots and almost impossible to remove in post processing. Lens tip have this issue here:

https://www.lenstip.com/365.7-Lens_review-Canon_EF_35_mm_f_2_IS_USM_Coma__astigmatism_and_bokeh.html

This affects not just stars and point sources - but any higher contrast edge where you see blooming of light in a smudgy way across the darker area.

Also owned the Tamron 45 f/1.8 - which is reported similar to the 35mm f/1.8. It does not have the comma issue but does have purple fringing. I found the AF not to be perfectly accurate on 5DSr so sold it too.

Vignetting strong too, but that can be artistic and corrected at cost of noise at higher isos.

Thank you. I assume that night shots with street light(s) around the edge and corner of the image would look terrible with the lens...? Grave candles at night bad idea?

The other lens I'm considering is the Sigma 35mm 1.4 HSM Art. From what I've read and seen it is far superior to the Canon lens, but is quite pricey even used. The Sigma has the character to its images that I'm looking for (from what I've seen).

I own the Sigma Art  since 2013 and initially used it on a 6D and 5D mark II with great results. My favorite lens to date. Today, I use it on my EOS R and here it shines even brighter. Mirrorless nails focus nearly every time and I use the lens wide open very often.

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Canon EOS R Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A Canon EF 16-35mm F4L IS USM
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