Canon offers a pair of 35mm primes in its EF lens range – the EF 35mm f/2.0 and the 35mm f/1.4L USM (£1159). Of the two, the EF 35mm f/2.0 is by far the more affordable, costing £942 less than its L-Series stablemate. It’s also fully compatible with all Canon D-SLRs, whether they have the EF or the EF-S lens mount. Coupled to Canon APS-C D-SLRs like the EOS 1100D, 600D, 60D and 7D it offers a film-equivalent focal length of 56mm with the 1.6x multiplication factor applied.
Featuring a construction of seven glass elements in five groups it’s capable of focusing closer than 30cm, having a minimum focusing distance of 25cm. To ensure accurate colour rendition and strong contrast, Canon’s Super Spectra coatings are featured and are also used to prevent lens flare and ghosting spoiling shots.
Weighing in at 210g, the metal lens mount makes it durable, and from behind the camera, focusing adjustments are quick to make thanks to a well-positioned MF/AF switch. The focus ring is thin though, which made it a bit tricky to locate at times, and our sample had an inconsistent movement that wasn’t as smooth as we’d hoped for. The front element extends by 9mm when working at close focusing distances but doesn’t rotate so will not impede filter use. Focusing tests revealed a lightning-fast AF performance with no signs of hunting, but don’t expect silence – there are a few whirrs as it goes about its business. For those who use filters, it offers a 52mm thread.
- Street price: £240 (Secondhand price as of July 2016)
- Visit: www.canon.co.uk
This review was first published in the April 2010 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.