The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review
Canon is on a roll with its updated Mark II lenses and scoring bullseyes with pretty much every shot. New versions of key focal lengths are being rolled out across the range, with fully revised optics and mechanical construction. Most are class leading, often setting new standards in one area or another, and the Canon EF 35mm F1.4L USM MkII is no exception - it is sharp, very, very sharp!
The MkII model launched last year replaces the elderly MkI of 1998. That lens was originally designed for film SLRs, but it won many digital hearts, including some on the DPReview team and several articles have already been published, looking back at the old lens and forward to the MkII with sample galleries, user reports and comparisons.
One thing missing from those articles though, is the close scrutiny of DxO Mark's lab tests, with full analysis of MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) sharpness performance, and other important aspects of image quality that can only be properly assessed under controlled conditions. So now we're putting that right, and the resolution of this lens on a 51 megapixel Canon 5DS R is something to behold. The new Canon 35mm F1.4 MkII shares headline specifications with the MkI, and most key features are the same or similar. It's all-change under the skin though, with more of everything in the quest for quality, including a significant increase in size, weight and cost.
- New optical design with 14 elements in 11 groups (MkI version has 11 in 9)
- One UD glass element added, and two aspherical surfaces (MkI has one aspherical)
- New BR Optics layer reduces CA
- Nine rounded aperture blades (MkI has eight)
- Weight goes up 31% and length 23% (compared to MkI)
- Sealed, weather resistant construction (MkI is not weather resistant)
- Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $1799USD (MkI $1479)
Canon has paid close attention to the optical redesign and the mechanical construction, and both raise the bar. No stone has been left unturned, and just about the only thing that stays the same as the MkI is the 72mm filter size, and the minimum focusing distance is also very similar at 28cm (11in).
There is no image stabilization, with that option already very effectively covered by the Canon 35mm F2 IS USM. Purists will welcome the decision to concentrate on sheer optical quality, and it helps to keep complexity and the burgeoning weight in check.
Angle of view
Previously published content
- 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (comparative review)
- The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty (opinion)
- Canon 35mm F1.4L II: a photojournalist's perspective (opinion)
- Canon 35mm F1.4L II Real-World Samples (gallery)
The long-rumored and much-anticipated Fujifilm X-T4 has finally landed. While it has much in common with its predecessor, the X-T4 comes with some major changes.
The X-T4 brings image stabilization and a larger battery to the X-T series, but dig a bit deeper and you'll find a host of improvements and tweaks. See what we've discovered in the X-T3's sister model.
The Fujifilm X-T4 makes some big promises, but can it deliver? Chris and Jordan put it to the test and tell us if this is the Fujifilm camera we've all been waiting for.
The sensor inside the new Fujifilm X-T4 is a known quantity – as it's straight from the X-T3 – and that's a good thing, since it's excellent. Check out our pre-production sample gallery to see how the image quality looks on the X-T4.
Fujifilm has announced its latest stills/video hybrid camera, the X-T4. The biggest change is undoubtedly its in-body image stabilization system, but its improved AF system, redesigned shutter and video-related updates are also notable.
Both models feature a wired design for powering them from a wall outlet or other AC power sources.
The project provides an unprecedented look at New York as it existed more than 100 years ago by upscaling, increasing the frame-rate and colorizing century-old video footage.
Mathieu Stern recently discovered a time capsule in his family's home that had a number of 120-year-old glass negatives inside. To bring the images to life, Mathieu developed positive prints from the negatives using the cyanotype process.
The tech could 'significantly' improve compression efficiency and help improve the trust of JPEGs in a world where fake news is an increasing problem.
Today, the World Press Photo Foundation announced the nominees for its 63rd annual competition.
In honor of National Peanut Butter Lover's Day (yes, it's a thing—we checked), peanut butter manufacturer Jif has teamed up with GIF-hosting platform Giphy to release a limited-edition jar of peanut butter that's meant to settle the hard/soft 'G' debate once and for all.
Sony just launched its newest fast aperture wide-angle prime for its full-frame Alpha lineup, and we've been shooting planes, people and felines with it over the past few days. Read our initial impressions and check out our sample gallery. Spoiler alert: it's a near perfect optic.
Sony is adding a new wide prime to its full-frame E-mount series: the 20mm F1.8 G. It's slightly smaller and lighter than the existing FE 24mm F1.4 GM and will go on sale in March for $900.
The Kolude KD-K1 features four USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot and a microSD card slot, all inside a slim, but full-size keyboard.
Despite receiving two camera kits, Stern wasn't able to capture many shots due to a faulty film advance wheel.
The 1.26x magnification ratio means Nikon F-mount lenses mounted to Fujifilm GFX camera systems using the adapters will keep their native diagonal field of view, albeit at the cost of 2/3 stops of light.
We did a lot of shooting with our pre-production Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, and now that the camera has official support, we've provided out-of-camera Raw files and some Raw-to-JPEG conversions for your perusal.
Sony is updating its flagship Xperia 1 smartphone with faster burst shooting, a bigger sensor in its standard camera and a time-of-flight sensor. And thanks to popular demand, the 3.5mm headphone jack is back.
Vox's seven-minute video shows how the work of photographer Lewis Hine brought attention to the brutal reality of child labor when it was at its peak in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.
We attended the recent launch of the Fujifilm X100V in London, where we had the opportunity to sit down with two senior figures within the company: Chief Designer Masazumi Imai and Senior Manager Shinichiro Udono.
The Nikon D780 is a two-trick pony: it combines the great DSLR experience of Nikon's D750 with some of the great mirrorless features found on the Z6. Does it manage to do both well? Chris and Jordan seem to think so.
Our new Nikon D780 gallery takes you to the Canadian Rockies for photos mountains, people and, of course, a couple of ducks. Because who doesn't love ducks?
Key to the technique, which is demonstrated in a new video, is Photoshop's Gradient Tool.
UK-based company Your Perfect Wedding Photographer recently released the results from its fourth annual industry survey. They published some key takeaways.
Forgoing Silicon Valley technologists, the Pentagon's Department of Defense is actively working on measures to identify and take down small drones that are a threat.
A few of the removals were a mistake, however, and Canon has since added some locations back on its list.
Flowers. Snow. Trees. Beer. Birds. Dogs. Humans. Printing presses. A giant ferris wheel. We've been using Fujifilm's XF 16-80mm F4 lens to photograph a big gallery with a little bit of everything in it – check it out to see how this versatile, water-resistant zoom lens performs.
After first teasing it at IBC2019, Sigma has announced its MC-31 PL-mount to L-mount adapter will start shipping February 27, 2020 for $679.
The SLR camera features an M42 mount and captures a circular image on Fujifilm's Instax film.
The Omnivision OV64C is designed to compete with high-resolution Quad-Bayer image sensors from Sony and Samsung.