35mm lens review

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[UPDATE 2013] I’ve been using this lens for several months now, and I love it.

[UPDATE 2014]: I’m so bummed that the affordable Canon 35mm f/2.0 lens is no longer available. Canon instead came out with a newer 35mm f/2.0 lens with an Image Stabilization(IS). I personally don’t see a reason why a short focal length lens with a 2.0 aperture needs to have an image stabilization feature so I find that pretty useless, but if you’re looking the 35mm focal length, it’s going to cost you more than the older version I reviewed on this blog and like.

Small, compact, easy to carry around, I’m happy with the image quality it produces, 35mm is wide enough, but not too wide.

All around a good versatile lens. So, if you were to ask me for recommendation for one lens, 35mm lens will be my choice.

In this video I recommend the Canon EF 35mm f2.0 lens and Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens.

As you begin I want you to start out with the right gear to help you learn the basics of photography.

I also want to help you know that the most expensive equipment or the latest greatest gear won’t make you a better photographer.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking, “If I only had that lens I’d be better.” “I wish I had that lens…”

My philosophy with camera gear is: “Simplify”

Start out with one lens. Get really comfortable learning how to use your camera and one lens. Master it!

Hope you find the video helpful.



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9 Responses to 35mm lens review

  1. Jean-Pierre 01/31/2012 at 10:29 am #

    Ahhh.. I trick question! lol

    I do enjoy using film and I feel that having used a bare bones film camera helped me progress more quickly. I started with just Sunny 16, using the 35 3.5 lens, and a eventually got a battery for the meter. It wasn’t until I felt pretty comfortable with that camera that I got a dSLR, and it took me a a few months to move away from Manual mode. I was so used to setting everything that I didn’t understand any effective way of using TV and AV modes. After reading the manual a few times, I finally figured out how to use make the most of them (and it made using my vintage lenses that much easier on my digital camera as well).

    Keep up the great blog. I’m sure a lot of people will learn from your advice and recommendations.

    • Jean-Pierre 01/31/2012 at 10:29 am #

      *a trick question

    • Peter Bang 01/31/2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Thanks again Jean-Pierre!

  2. Jean-Pierre 01/27/2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I have the 35 f2 for Canon. It’s really a gem of a lens and, as you stated, its field of view isn’t as close as a 50 on a crop sensor. I have it with me right now!

    • Peter Bang 01/27/2012 at 8:37 pm #

      Thank Jean-Pierre! I’ve been using it for few months now and I love it more than I though I would. Checked out your blog by the way. Like your work! What’s your go-to lens?

      • Jean-Pierre 01/29/2012 at 2:18 pm #

        Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog! Hmm.. my go-to lens.. I think right now it would be the 35 f2. It is small, great in low light, and has auto focus. If I were to travel, I’d bring that and an M42 mount 135 2.8. It has many blemishes on the glass, is soft, and manual focus,but has a vintage rendering.

        On my film camera, I’d use the 35 3.5 as my walk-around lens and 50 1.4 for indoors.

        So yeah… Difficult to say because it depends on what I feel like photographing or practicing. But as you have said, the 50mm equivalent is great for most everything.

        • Peter Bang 01/30/2012 at 1:13 pm #

          Haha, I know that’s not an easy question but I was curious. It does depend on what you’re photographing. It’s cool that you use film too!

  3. JulieLim 11/25/2011 at 6:35 am #

    Okay, this is so helpful. I didn’t even know Canon made 35 2.0! I don’t have to spend $1400 to get the L series. Thanks Peter!!!

    • Peter Bang 11/25/2011 at 3:45 pm #

      Thanks Julie! I like it on the 5D/5DII also but it may be a little loud for weddings;)

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