It’s pretty easy (if not inaccurate) to characterize Canon as a company that’s been behind the times as it comes to camera technology.
While they have the unbelievable autofocus of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS-1D X Mark II, they’re also pretty conservative when it comes to video specifications. Well, there’s one place that you can’t argue that Canon’s not leading the industry— And that’s with its photography glass.
Even before this latest string of photography lenses, Canon has provided the industry with some superb lenses in their L series and hasn’t even needed to really upgrade many in a decade. They’re THAT good. They define professional quality. So now that they’re starting to put out another round of L series lenses, it’s easy to get excited. And according to DPReview, you should be.
The newest L series lens from Canon is the 35mm f/1.4 Mark II. By almost all standards, it’s a sizable upgrade from the already brilliant Canon 35mm. In fact, it’s so outstanding that I can’t really figure what they’ve done to make it so much better. On the fourth page of DPReview’s in-depth look at the new lens, they do some comparisons between the original 35mm and the new one, and when looking at Chromatic Abberation or Flare, there’s just no real comparison. It’s night and day.
I shouldn't be surprised really, because it’s what I would expect from Canon optics. While the price has been increased, I don’t see the price as that expensive for what you’re buying. If you’re talking about the best photography lenses on the market, with the fastest Autofocus and most solid build quality and weather sealing… who else are you going to go to? This is the end all, below the Zeiss Otus, probably.
Is $1,799 too much for one of the best 35mm’s you can buy? What do you think?
The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review
Canon is on a roll with its updated Mark II lenses and scoring bullseyes with pretty much every shot. New versions of key focal lengths are being rolled out across the range, with fully revised optics and mechanical construction. Most are class leading, often setting new standards in one area or another, and the Canon EF 35mm F1.4L USM MkII is no exception – it is sharp, very, very sharp!
The MkII model launched last year replaces the elderly MkI of 1998. That lens was originally designed for film SLRs, but it won many digital hearts, including some on the DPReview team and several articles have already been published, looking back at the old lens and forward to the MkII with sample galleries, user reports and comparisons.
Read full article at DPReview “The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review”
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
- EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
- Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
- Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
- Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
- Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
- Full-Time Manual Focus Override
- Weather-Sealed Design
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM from Canon is an L-series prime wide-angle lens featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics and a maximum aperture of f/1.4, making it ideal for shooting in low-light situations and for controlling depth of field.
Two aspherical elements and one Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) element combine with the BR element to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and sharpness. A Subwavelength Coating has also been applied to reduce ghosting and lens flare for greater color accuracy and contrast.
The Ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast and near-silent AF operation. Full time manual focus override enables precise manual focus even when in AF mode.
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(cover photo credit: snap from DPReview)