Canon EF 35mm f/2 - Review / Test Report
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published April 2009


Released back in 1990 the Canon EF 35mm f/2 is one of the Methusalems in the current EOS lens line-up. It's a moderate wide-angle on full-frame cameras whereas on APS-C DSLRs it behaves a little bit more like a standard lens with a field-of-view equivalent to about 56mm.

Regarding its construction it is closely related to its flanking brothers and sisters of that lens era, namely the EF 28mm f/2.8 and EF 24mm f/2.8. The build quality is fairly decent but it's a little dated by current standards. This is especially true for the focus ring which feels a little "scratchy". The lens extends a little when focusing towards closer distances but the front element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem.

The AF does rely on an old micro-motor so AF operations are a bit on the noisy side although there isn't anything to complain about regarding AF speed as well as AF accuracy. FTM (full-time manual focusing) is not available.

Equiv. focal length56 mm (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperturef/3.2 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction7 elements in 5 groups
Number of aperture blades5
min. focus distance0.25 m (max. magnification: ~1.4)
Dimensions67 x 42 mm
Weight210 g
Filter size52 mm (non-rotating)
Hoodbarrel shaped, optional
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