Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L - Full Format Lab Test Report / Review
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Review by Klaus Schroiff, published May 2010


Released back in late 1998 the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L is one of several ultra large aperture prime lenses in the Canon lens lineup. It's one of the more frequently discussed specialty lenses in the community and often compared to its cousin - the EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II. Both belong to the L (Luxury) league within the system.

Typical for such professional grade lenses it is beautifully crafted based on a metal body and high quality plastics. The very broad, rubberized focus ring has a smooth and slightly damped action. The size of the lens remains constants regardless of the focus setting. The front element does not rotate due to a rear focusing (IF) system. A deep petal-shaped hood is included.

Thanks to Canon's ring-type USM drive the focusing speed is very fast and near silent. Full-time manual focusing is, of course, possible in one-shot AF mode. The EF 35mm L features a floating system to achieve a constantly high image quality throughout the focusing range.


Optical construction11 elements in 9 groups inc. 1x aspherical, floating system
Number of aperture blades8
min. focus distance0.3 m (max. magnification ratio ~1:5.5)
Dimensions79 x 86 mm
Weight580 g
Filter size72 mm (non-rotating)
Hoodsupplied, clip-on, petal-shaped
Other features-

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