I recently added the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM lens to my camera bag. I decided to really get to know this lens by spending a lot of time with it, so I created the “35 Days of 35mm” project. In this post I share my thoughts and experience with this lens along with 35 unique images. This project is a first of its kind for me and is the result of many hours of photography and writing. I hope you enjoy this review of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.
The Back Story
I’ve owned the Canon 50mm f/1.4 for a number of years now, and I can remember plenty of situations where I couldn’t back up any more. 50mm was just not wide enough. Sure, I also carried the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM in my bag, but the maximum aperture of f/4 limited my ability to shoot in low light. Thus the research began for a wider angle prime lens.
I thought about 24mm and 28mm, especially since Canon recently updated both of those lenses. After looking through my Lightroom catalog, I noticed I rarely ever shot that wide. I did see a large number of images around the 35mm range. That information alone helped me narrow my search down to a 35mm lens. Coupled with the fact that 35mm lenses still look fairly normal without the distortions found in wider lenses, I thought the decision was quite easy. I ordered the lens from Greentoe. They have a cool approach to buying camera gear online.
Let me also share a brief note on my personal photography journey. I’ve found myself slowly moving from zoom lenses to primes. In fact, the only zoom lens left in my kit is the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM. Who knows, maybe one day that will turn into a 135mm or 200mm prime lens? (update: It did. Read my Canon 135mm f/2L review.) I did not make this decision intentionally; it just happened. I’m rarely, if ever, in situations where I cannot reposition myself to get the shot I’m after. Add to that the fact that most prime lenses weigh less, have wider maximum apertures, cost less, and in most cases offer superior image quality when compared to their zoom counterparts, and it’s clear to see why I’ve gravitated toward prime lenses.
This post is not about zoom lenses versus prime lenses. Plenty of other photographers are covering that topic already. The way I see it, I’m more excited about the shots I am going to get with my prime lenses instead of being concerned about the shots I may miss by not having zoom lenses.
35mm lenses available for Canon DSLRs
As of this writing, the most popular 35mm lenses with autofocus available for Canon DSLRs are:
- the original Canon 35mm f/2 (introduced sometime around 1990),
- the Canon 35mm f/1.4L USM (update, there’s now a Canon 35mm f/1.4 II),
- the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens, and
- the new Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM (introduced in 2012)
I’ll briefly mention what I’ve learned about these lenses throughout this post, but to be honest I’ve only used the f/2 IS USM lens. Just to get it out in the open, the combination of image quality, light weight construction, image stabilization, and price led me to choose the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM without hesitation. Based on reviews from people with fancy, scientific equipment, the performance of this lens rivals that of the much more expensive options from Sigma and Canon.
My Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM Review
I wanted to share my personal thoughts on this lens. Please note, this is not a technical review of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM lens in any way. You can find plenty of those elsewhere if you’re looking to see photos of brick walls and study MTF charts. I decided the best way to learn a new lens is to spend a lot of time with it – 35 days in fact. I received the lens on September 30th and started this “35 days of 35mm” project on October 1. I hope you enjoy it.
By the way, I shot all of these photos with the Canon 5D Mark III.
Now, let’s get to the photos!
35mm Day 1 – Sharpness
Today I went for a walk on my lunch break down to Shockoe Bottom. I love the old brick buildings, the freeways, the bridges, and the train tracks in this part of Richmond, VA. It’s also cool to walk around the flood wall. On my walk I discovered the scene below. This old brick building is peeking its head over the flood wall. Shot at f/8, the image is incredibly sharp from edge to edge. I’ve not seen images this sharp straight out of the camera before. Even only after day 1, I can tell I am going to enjoy this lens.
35mm Day 2 – Color
My personal time is quite limited, so I’ll go ahead and warn you that this project will more than likely include a good number of photos of the Shockoe Bottom and Churchill areas near my office. Lunchtime photo walks may be my only opportunity on some days to fire off some shots. I’m OK with this, though, because I love this part of Richmond.
My coworker and I went for a walk on the Pipeline Trail. We headed up river to the end of the pipe and we were greeted with the view of the Manchester Bridge below. The Manchester Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in Richmond, and we have lots of bridges. Once again shot at f/8, this lens does not disappoint. The colors are very rich straight out of the camera. As with all of the images in this review, I shot the image below in RAW and made minor adjustments in Lightroom.
35mm Day 3 – Max Aperture of f/2
Every photographer loves fast lenses. The f/2 max aperture of this Canon 35mm lens allows plenty of light to enter the camera, even when there’s not much light available. Sure, the Sigma 35mm boasts a max aperture of f/1.4, as does the Canon 35mm f/1.4L. However, one of the key selling points of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is the price. At $550 compared to $850 for the Sigma and $1500 for the Canon, I can deal with bumping up my ISO one stop to achieve equal light.
Sure, I’ll get less bokeh at f/2 vs. f/1.4, and I won’t be able to stop motion at f/2 like I could at f/4. But at close to half or 1/3 of the cost, as well as a lot less weight around my neck, the f/2 lens was a no brainer for me. Oh, not to mention, the least expensive of these three 35mm lenses also comes with Canon’s superior USM autofocus (sorry, Sigma) and has image stabilization (not found on the Sigma or the Canon 35mm L). This lens does exhibit some strong vignetting when shooting wide open at f/2. Who cares? I can easily remove it in Lightroom if I choose. However, I can also leave it as is for moody shots like the cheeseburger photo below.
On day 3 another coworker of mine and I went to Station 2 to grab a burger for lunch. The restaurant has small light fixtures against the wall at each table. I thought the small light source made for some very interesting lighting. I do have one regret about this image. I shot it at f/2, 1/125th of a second at ISO400. I have to get use to using the image stabilization on this lens. IS on a lens this wide is still a little strange to me. According to Canon, the image stabilization on this lens is equal to four additional stops of light. If I had set my ISO at 100, I could have easily captured this image at 1/30th. With IS, in theory, I could have handheld this image at .5 seconds and achieved the same result. I’ll keep this in mind for future photos in this project.
35mm Day 4 – Light Weight
Autumn is my favorite season. Hands down. This year, my wife’s parents decided to host a fall party that included hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, s’mores, and other fun fall festivities. The biggest hit of the party was the homemade tram. My father-in-law cut barrels into tram cars and my wife painted them. He then towed kids around the driveway in DIY style.
Below I included a shot of my youngest nephew in one of these tram cars. The reason I chose to share this photo today is because of something I’m learning about a 35mm prime lens. This focal length seems perfect for environmental portraits – portraits of people that include their surroundings. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve often found 50mm a little too tight. 35mm gives me a little more context in the image to help tell a story.
I’m falling in love with two other features of this lens – its sharpness and its light weight construction. Even at it’s max aperture, the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM is crazy sharp, especially near the center of the frame. It’s actually blowing my mind a little. It’s also great to have a lens that performs this well that weighs so little. In fact, I swapped out the 35mm for the 85mm f/1.8 for a little while today. When I switched back to the 35mm, I was surprised at how much lighter it felt. So, I checked out the 35mm’s pecs on Canon’s site, and the 35mm lens is nearly 100 grams lighter than the 85mm lens. That’s nearly 1/4 of a pound! Great image quality and lightweight – yes, please!
35mm Day 5 – Autofocus
For today’s photo, I wanted to try a bit of an action shot, which is tough to pull off as a self-portrait. I placed my camera on the ground (sometimes a tripod is still too high) and held my wireless remote in my left hand while pushing my lawn seeder. The focus of this shot ended up being on the wheel of the seeder, but it was my still favorite shot of the series, so I went with it.
The autofocus on this lens is actually quite quick. It is far faster than the 50mm f/1.4 lens, and I think even quicker than the 85mm f/1.8. I’m not measuring anything scientifically here, but the focus feels just as quick as my old 24-105 f/4L and 24-70 f/2.8L. By the way, I’d rather have this 35mm lens than either of those two “L” lenses. At only 5 days in, I think this lens is at least quick enough to keep up with my 19-month-old daughter, and that’s pretty quick.
I’ll talk more about this later, but take a look at the chromatic aberration on the handles of the seeder. The sun light is reflecting off the handle and there is a light cyan outline around those highlights. This is the worst I’ve noticed thus far of this fast, wide-angle, prime lens.
35mm Day 6 – Flare and Ghosting
In this hands-on review of Canon’s 35mm f/2 IS USM, I am trying to create photos that cover a wide range of uses. This is the best way to really see what this lens is capable of. Before buying this lens I remember reading other reviews that mention the lens’ ability to handle flare. I wanted to try it out firsthand.
I know the photo below is nothing special to look at, but it does show the flare this lens is capable of creating. There are two things I want to highlight about this photo. 1 – Check out the awesome eight-point star this eight-bladed, rounded aperture lens creates. Money. 2 – It took four attempts of shooting into the sun to get an image with flare in it. The first three versions of this photo do not have the purple flare surrounding the sunburst. Once again, for being a non “L” lens, I’m impressed.
35mm Day 7
Day 7 brings with it another lunch walk through Shockoe Bottom. There is so much to look at down here, I really don’t mind. It was a beautiful fall day with a good mix of blue sky and clouds. One of the neatest parts of walking around Shockoe Bottom is following the bridges from all of the freeways and train tracks. Today I was especially drawn to the curve seen below.
While walking around we also explored the Main Street Station. One of my coworkers had never been inside before. While inside I handheld a tack sharp image at 1/10th of a second. That image is not all that interesting to look at, but I am still surprised at the image stabilization on this 35mm prime lens. I promise I’ll post a good example of this lens’ IS during my 35 days. Until then, enjoy a bridge and some clouds.
35mm Day 8 – Bokeh
I recently tilled up a couple of sections in my backyard and planted new grass seed. It’s actually been quite a bit of work, but I enjoy working in the yard. It’s been about two weeks since I planted the seed, and I’m happy to report that after daily watering the grass is starting to sprout. This should be a nice patch of yard by the time spring rolls around next year.
This photo is a good test of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM’s bokeh. It’s not the smoothest in the world, but it’s far from the worst. The shot from day 5 of this project has a similar look. It’s not as smooth and creamy as the examples I’ve seen from the Canon 35mm f/1.4L or the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lenses. It’s a bit splotchy. That being said, this is a pretty tough test. The straw and grass are both quite jagged, which I imagine would be tough for even the best lenses to render smoothly. Honestly, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest bit. I know some folks may find it too distracting, but to each their own.
35mm Day 9
Today was another lunchtime walk. I headed up Churchill once again, and this time I discovered Mr. Smedley. Mr Smedley is the statue of a street entertainer who embodies most young children’s imaginary friend. The statue, created by Jack Witt, used to live on Grace Street outside of the Sixth Street Market. It has been at Jefferson Park since May 15, 2014. He seems quite friendly.
35mm Day 10 – Focal Length
Today we went to Flames 231, a brick oven pizza restaurant, for lunch. The pizza is great, and the prices are quite affordable.
I had a different image in my mind’s eye than the one you see below when I started shooting this scene. I initially wanted to focus on the flames inside. The strong light from the windows on the right interested me, as did the assembly line of toppings. After a few shots, this one stood out as my favorite. I really like the depth of this shot. The 35mm focal length let me fit a large scene into one shot without looking like it’s bulging at the seems. In my opinion, there is just enough in this shot to tell the story.
35mm Day 11 – Depth of Field
My dad is an avid hunter who loves to bow hunt. I never caught the hunting bug like my older brother did even though I gave it a shot a few times as a child. Dad is about to travel to Illinois for a week-long hunting trip, so he’s getting everything dialed in on his bow and warming up his shooting arm.
I realize a 35mm lens inherently has a deeper depth of field than telephoto lenses, but I am happy with the balance of DOF and sharpness with the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM. In a shot like the one below, the background is just soft enough and the subject is sharp enough to separate them from one another. I know the background would have been completely blurred out with a fast telephoto lens, but I love how much of a story the 35mm focal length can tell. Just for reference, Dad is 40 yards from the target on the right side of the frame.
35mm Day 12 – Group Portraits
While visiting my family in West Virginia this weekend, my sister-in-law asked if I would be willing to create a few family portraits of my brother’s family. Of course! I shot individual portraits of all the kids with my Canon 85mm f/1.8. For the group shot shown below, of course I used the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM with a flash and a shoot-through umbrella off the left side of the frame. I shot it at f/4 to make sure everyone in the family was in sharp focus, while still having enough separation from the background. I sure do love fall photos!
35mm Day 13 – Chromatic Aberration
Time for another lunchtime photo walk. I wanted some different light since most of my lunchtime photo walk shots have been in midday sun. So I went exploring under the bridges around the Main Street Train Station. This bicycle caught my eye, and I thought it would be a good shot to test the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM lens’ chromatic aberration. I’ve seen very little, if any, chromatic aberration in this lens thus far (see Day 5 above). When it does occur, it shows itself as a small amount of green fringing. I did not check the “Remove Chromatic Aberration” option in Lightroom for the photo below, and there is still very minimal, if any, chromatic aberration. Again, why is this not an “L” lens?
35mm Day 14 – Image Stabilization
I. Love. Hot wings. Especially when they come from Buffalo Wild Wings. My coworker and I walked down to the BW3s in Shockoe Bottom for lunch today. I wanted to test the image stabilization of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM lens a little more. I captured the photo below at 1/10th of a second handheld (ISO 100, f/2). I focused on the buffalo logo on the cup, which is tack sharp, even at 100% crop. The image stabilization on this lens is just as delicious as these wings.
35mm Day 15 – Focal Length
It’s hard to believe that this day has already happened. Today was my daughter Harper’s first haircut. We didn’t want to cut too much off, we just wanted to get rid of her baby mullet. The 35mm lens was a perfect focal length for capturing Harper in the chair along with the stylist and my wife. I did crop this image a little bit. One of the other stylists was watching the event and she was standing camera left just behind my wife. I’m learning that this is an advantage of 35mm lenses over 50mm lenses. It’s normally easier to shoot a little wider and crop in post production if needed.
35mm Day 16 – Lightweight
I feel like I am starting to repeat myself a little here, but there are certain features about this lens that I absolutely love. This lens is very lightweight compared to other lenses in my collection, which makes carrying it around a breeze. Sure, it’s a plastic barrel instead of metal, and that will probably rub a lot of photographers the wrong way. Many of the reviews I read before buying the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM mentioned their surprise that this lens, along with the new updated 24mm and 28mm versions, was not an L series lens. The only thing it’s missing is the red ring, more weight, and a much larger price tag. The plastic construction doesn’t bother me at all. Again, I enjoy how easy this lens is to carry around, especially for my lunch walks through Richmond, as seen below.
35mm Day 17 – Image Stabilization
My wife and I each had an iPhone 4. Not even the iPhone 4s, just the 4. They were starting to act up, so we decided to upgrade to the new iPhone 6. Our new phones finally arrived today.
So what’s so special about the photo of our new iPhones below? I shot this image handheld at 1/5th of a second (ISO 100, f/5.6). I am starting to get used to the image stabilization on the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM, and it is remarkable. I only turn it on when needed, and I am finding that I am able to capture shots that I would not be able to capture without the image stabilization. Well done, Canon. Well done.
35mm Day 18 – Sharpness
Once again, this lens does not disappoint in the sharpness department. This shot of my house is at f/8 and it’s incredibly sharp. I prefer to do as little post production and image processing as possible. I like more of a natural look in my photography. This lens does a great job of rendering rich, accurate colors, minimal barrel distortion, and great sharpness throughout the aperture range. Sure, the corners are a little soft when shooting wide open, and the vignetting is strong when wide open as well, but the side by side comparisons I saw of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM vs. the Canon 35mm f/1.4L did not warrant the extra $1,000.
35mm Day 19 – Focal Length
My daughter, Harper, loves to play outside in her little house. I was outside playing with her when she went in and sat down. I loved how the light from the window is illuminating her face, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Once again, the 35mm focal length has not disappointed me. For certain portrait photography uses, it allows me to capture a person in his/her environment. I doubt I’ll ever use this lens for my headshot photography work, but for photographing people in their element, this lens works perfectly.
35mm Day 20 – Minimum Focusing Distance
The Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM is not a macro lens by any means, but with a minimum focusing distance of .79 feet (.24 meters), you can get really close to your subject. Today’s photo shows just that.
Today I bought a new riding lawn mower, and what you are looking at below is the key. The keys themselves are only a couple of inches long, but they look much larger in the photo because I was so close. There is definitely a little bulging going on in this image because of being so close, but that is expected with any lens at 35mm or wider, especially when shooting this close to your subject.
I want to play around with this feature a little more. I think the minimum focusing distance of this lens will lend itself to making some very creative photos.
35mm Day 21 – Image Stabilization
It’s been a busy few days, and I’ve struggled to make time for photography. By the time this evening rolled around, I was beat. I was sitting in my living room watching television when I remembered I had not taken a photo yet today. This was the best I had. Enjoy another handheld image at 1/4th of a second thanks to the awesome image stabilization on the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM. Hopefully things will start slowing down a little so I can get back to some more creative photography.
35mm Day 22 – Bokeh
Fall is my favorite season by far. Fall was near the top of the list of things I missed about Virginia while living in California. It rained all day today, which is great because my grass needs it. This water puddle always forms in my driveway when it rains, and in this instance the rain washed all of the leaves into the puddle as well. I like the lone green/yellow leaf in the mix. He didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to change color.
While reading reviews of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM, many people were complaining about the bokeh. Is it buttery smooth like what you’d expect to find in a wide aperture zoom lens? No, but it’s a 35mm lens, so I expect the bokeh to look different. With a max aperture of f/2, I know it’s not going to be a smooth as the Canon L or Sigma 35mm at f/1.4. Nonetheless, I am still very pleased.
35mm Day 23 – Focal Length
Time for another cute photo of my daughter. This girl loves to eat eggs. Sitting across the table from her, the 35mm focal length is once again a great focal length for capturing an entire scene. It may be a while before this lens comes off my camera because the focal length is so handy.
35mm Day 24 – Group Portraits
At my full time job, we’ve designated Fridays as Flannel Friday. Since this Friday was the last Flannel Friday for two of our team members, including me, we had a large turnout. I wanted to create a “family portrait” if you will of the flannel-wearing team members. The vision in my head was something along the lines of a Saved By The Bell or 90210 promo poster. I have to say, I am quite pleased with the results. I shot this at f/8 with a couple of off camera flashes to balance the exposure between the window light and the team.
I shared this image on my Facebook and Google+ pages. A majority of the comments were in regard to the overall quality of the image. Thanks for the compliments, but I have to give part of the credit to the quality of this lens.
35mm Day 25
Today was Pole Green Church of Christ‘s fall festival. We had a bounce house, hayrides, a cookout, and of course a fire pit for s’mores. As the sun was setting, I sat down on the ground by the fire pit and started envisioning the following image. I fired off a few frames to make sure I captured the flames in a cool shape, and as it turns out the first shot was my favorite. The 35mm focal length once again allowed me to frame this shot just as I envisioned it. The sky is on fire!
35mm Day 26 – Depth of Field and Bokeh
Time for another bokeh shot from the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM. I have a tree in my backyard where half of the leaves have changed to yellow, while the other half of the leaves are still green. I held the camera low against the tree trunk and shot up. This is probably one of my favorite fall shots I’ve ever created. I love the bokeh on this shot. When the depth of field is shallow enough, the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM really can create some beautiful bokeh and background blur.
35mm Day 27 – Image Stabilization
If you are getting tired of hearing me talk about the image stabilization in this lens, I’m not going to apologize. It’s easily becoming one of my favorite features of this lens, and it’s the feature I thought I would use the least. The shot below of my house at dusk was handheld at 1/13th of a second, f/2.8. Is that 4 stops of image stabilization that Canon claims? No. But was I able to get a shot without having to get out my tripod? Yes.
35mm Day 28 – Focal Length
Just as much as I am falling in love with the image stabilization of this lens, I am falling in love with the 35mm focal length. I am enjoying this lens far more than my 50mm. I like the slightly wider look, plus I always have the option to crop in Adobe Lightroom if needed.
Here’s another lunch walk shot of the Main Street Train Station in Richmond, VA. The way all of the bridges wind around each other in this part of town is mesmerizing to me. As I was walking by, I noticed the train tracks on the right and the freeway on the left formed a great frame for this historic and famous building in Richmond, especially since they were in shadow.
35mm Day 29 – Autofocus Speed and Accuracy
I’ll have to say, once again I am impressed with the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM. The autofocus is fast – fast enough to keep up with a toddler – and accurate. In the shot below I was chasing my daughter around the backyard while she was chasing the dog with his favorite stick. I wasn’t even looking through the viewfinder. At ISO 400, f/2, and a shutter speed of 1/400th, this shot was fast enough to stop my daughter’s motion as well as capture accurate focus. As an everyday, walk-around lens, keeping up with a toddler seems like the perfect autofocus speed and accuracy test to me.
This shot also shows the strong vignetting that this lens exhibits at f/2. It’s easily removed in Lightroom, but in this case I think it helps draw attention to the star of the show.
35mm Day 30 – Vignetting
All of the reviews I read of the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM mentioned the strong vignetting that happens when shooting with this lens wide open at f/2. Of the currently available 35mm lenses for Canon DSLRs, this lens has the most vignetting. As I’ve mentioned before, this vignetting is easily removed in Lightroom, so it’s a bit of a mute point in my opinion.
I wanted to share a photo that clearly demostrates this lens’ vignetting at f/2, so I shot the following logo on the wall in my office. Actually, this is no longer my office. Today was my last day working at DWS, so today’s photo has more than one purpose. This shot is straight out of the camera with no processing except for RAW to JPG conversion.
35mm Day 31 – Landscape Photography
Today was a bonus family day, so my wife, daughter, and I spent the morning in Maymont Park. We enjoyed the gorgeous weather and scenery. The Japanese Gardens are one of my favorite parts of Maymont even though it’s a bit of a hike to get there. The blue sky, warm sunshine, and fall leaves did not disappoint.
From about f/4 and above, the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM is incredibly sharp from edge to edge. I captured the shot below at f/8. As a side note, I am a big fan of boosting the Blue Primary Saturation slider in the Camera Calibration panel for landscape photos. It makes every color come to life, not just the blues.
35mm Day 32 – Ghosting
I have an engagement photo shoot tomorrow, so I needed to make sure I have plenty of battery power at my disposal for my flashes. For years now, I have used Panasonic Eneloop rechargeable batteries. These batteries hold their charge much longer than standard AA batteries, and I love that I’ve been using them for close to four years without problems. Sure, I also have a four pack of Energizer rechargeables, but I typically use those for a mini stereo. They needed a recharge as well.
Notice the top, back edge of the four blue batteries standing up. The back edge of the batteries seem to have multiple edges. This is the first I’ve noticed this ghosting with this 35mm lens. This image was shot at ISO100, f/2, and 1/15th with image stabilization turned on. I focused on the right-most white battery, which is sharp along with everything else on that plane. I’ve not read much about ghosting with this lens, so if you know more, please share in the comments below.
35mm Day 33 – Focal Length
I had an engagement pictures photoshoot today on Belle Isle. The couple was super fun to work with, and the autumn light was absolutely perfect! For the image below, the 35mm focal length gave me enough room to capture the couple along with the beautiful fall foliage along the path in the background as the sun was setting and bringing all of the colors to life. I cropped this shot a little on the right hand side. As I’ve mentioned, I like having a little more room with this lens over a 50mm lens because I can always crop, but I cannot always back up anymore.
35mm Day 34 – Image Stabilization
Well, after 34 days of shooting with this lens, I am really starting to believe in and rely on the built-in image stabilization. I honestly did not plan to use this feature all that much, but it has proven itself both worthy and useful. I shot the image of my fireplace below at f/2 and at a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds! I was laying on the floor propped up on my elbows to get the low angle. My focus point was the front edge of the bottom log. The IS nailed it on this shot. Impressive! You read that right. This is a handheld shot at a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds.
35mm Day 35 – Fun
After spending 35 days with and reviewing Canon’s 35mm f/2 IS USM lens, what is my favorite feature? It’s fun to shoot with. Hands down, this lens is an absolute joy to have mounted on my Canon 5D Mark III. This lens has helped me create a series of photos that I’m proud of and enjoyed creating.
I’ll leave you with this final shot below. This week I started a new job as the Marketing Manager for Unboxed Technology. The company places a large focus on its team, which is highlighted on the team photo and quote wall. Plus, when it’s time to unplug for a few minutes, the foosball table is always ready for a good game.
This 35 Days of 35mm project has been a blast to create. If you’re still reading, thanks for making it this far. Just to recap my Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM review, here are my favorite features (in no particular order) and reasons I’d highly recommend this lens:
- The highly versatile 35mm focal length
- Lightweight construction
- Excellent image quality
- Image stabilization
- Fun to shoot with
- Fast and accurate autofocus
- Accurate color
- Max aperture of f/2
- Close minimum focusing distance
- Good bokeh
In my opinion, this lens is going to be tough to beat. On full-frame cameras, the 35mm focal length is perfect. For crop sensor cameras, this lens offers a perspective closer to 50mm. Either way, you’re getting a well-built, lightweight lens with exceptional image quality and impressive image stabilization.
Have you shot with the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM? Have you shot with other 35mm lenses available for Canon DSLRs? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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