|EF||Autofocus lens designed both for Canon full frame and APS-C SLR cameras.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM||Dec 2012||⊗|
|Canon EF 35mm F/2||Oct 1990||⊗|
|Canon FDn 35mm F/2||Dec 1979||⊗|
|Canon FD 35mm F/2 S.S.C. (II)||Apr 1976||⊗|
|Canon FD 35mm F/2 S.S.C. (I)||Mar 1973||⊗|
|Canon FD 35mm F/2||Mar 1971||⊗|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||63.4° (35mm full frame)
51.9° (Canon APS-H)
42.5° (Canon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||7 elements in 5 groups|
|Closest focusing distance:||25 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||5|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Micromotor (Canon EF)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||No|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø67 x 43 mm|
|Materials:||Plastic barrel, metallic mount|
|Filter size:||52 mm|
Design and Features
One of the first lenses for the Canon EOS system (please refer to the article dedicated to Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 for more information on family of Canon’s lenses introduced in 1987-1990).
The lens barrel is compact, of moderate weight, made of plastic. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features AF/MF focus mode switch.
|AF||Autofocus mode without Full-Time Manual Focus.|
|MF||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 52 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
It should be noted that most lenses of the system have such diameter of the filter thread, that is why if you will purchase additional lens with similar focal length and/or speed, you probably will be able to share filters between them.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens is equipped with arc-form drive, the autofocus is moderately noisy but reasonably fast.
The lens was a popular choice as a “standard” prime lens on APS-C DSLR cameras until the moment when optically very good Sigma 30mm F/1.4 EX DС HSM (2005) became the default option for this purpose.
The sharpness is very good at the center of the frame already wide open and excellent at subsequent apertures. The edges are good wide open and very good at subsequent apertures.
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D mark II|
|Sensor size||36×24 mm|
|Vignetting at F/2.0||-2.27 EV|
Typical Application1) Full to mid-body portraits
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 2 MB|
|Prime lenses for Canon EOS DSLR cameras|
Alternatives (AF, 30..40 mm)
|Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II USM||2015||⊗|
|Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L USM||1998||⊗|
|Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM||2012||⊗|
|Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STM||2012||⊗|
|Sigma 30mm F/1.4 DC HSM | A||2013||⊗|
|Sigma 30mm F/1.4 EX DC HSM||2005||⊗|
|Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM | A||2012||⊗|
|Tamron SP AF 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F012||2015||⊗|