Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L - Review / Test Report - Analysis
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The lens shows a slight but still visible degree of barrel distortion (0.5%).
The chart above has a real-world size of about 120x80cm.
On an APS-C DSLR the EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L enjoys a sweet spot effect here. However,
this doesn't seem to be enough to produce low vignetting at max. aperture.
Admittedly f/1.4 is a rather extreme setting specifically for a wide-angle lens
so vignetting is quite high at ~1EV here. At f/2 the
problem is already reduced to a very acceptable degree and from f/2.8 the
issue is negligible.
Unlike its high-speed sister lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L, the EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L
showed a very harmonic behaviour in the MTF lab. The center resolution is
already excellent straight from the max. aperture and it surely exceeds
the resolution limits of the EOS 350D in the sweet spot range (f/2.8-4).
The border quality is very impressive (very good) at f/1.4
and it even reaches excellent levels at medium aperture settings.
All-in-all an exceptional performance - at f/1.4 it even beats the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (which
is marginally better beyond f/2.8).
Below is a simplified summary of the formal findings. The chart shows line widths
per picture height (LW/PH) which can be taken as a measure for sharpness.
If you want to know more about the MTF50 figures you may check out the corresponding
Chromatic Aberrations (CAs)
Similar to the EF 24mm f/1.4L CAs (color shadows at harsh contrast transitions) can
reach an average CA pixel width of around 1 pixels at the image borders - an acceptable
performance for a wide angle lens but a little disappointing for this specific lens.
In the field the lens also showed some purple fringing at ultra large aperture settings.