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Lenses

EF35mm f/1.4L II USM: a reportage favourite

EF35mm f/1.4L II USM: a reportage favourite


The new EF35mm f/1.4L II USM is one of Canon’s flagship L-series lenses. A favoured lens among photojournalists and news photographers, thanks to its wider than normal coverage with minimal distortion and a fast maximum aperture, this lens redefines the benchmark for quality, design and performance.

Who is it for?

Designed primarily for photojournalists, news and documentary photographers, the EF35mm f/1.4L II USM has been developed with performance in mind thanks to superb construction, improved weather-sealing plus new optical technology. Together this new lens raises the bar even further and offers the very best in image quality in all situations. The showcase below demonstrates its versatility with a variety of shooting conditions and subjects.


Key features

  • Super wide f/1.4 aperture for low light shooting and depth-of-field control.
  • New Blue Spectrum Refractive optics (BR) provides stunning sharpness and contrast.
  • USM focusing motor for superfast and silent focusing.
  • Subwavelength structure Coating (SWC) increases resistance to ghosting and flare
    while improving image quality.
  • Weather-sealing and fluorine coating protects against dust and moisture.
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.28m and maximum of 0.21x magnification.
  • 9-blade aperture for beautiful ‘bokeh’ focus blur.
  • Legendary L-series build quality.
  • Full-time manual focus ring with full-time manual focusing possible – useful for video
    and fine real-time adjustments.

Wide-angle view with a natural perspective

The classic 35mm focal length provides a wide enough view to include the subject’s environment and delivers a more realistic perspective than wider lenses – similar to that of the human eye. Beloved of documentary photographers, this focal length packs in enough detail without too much obvious distortion.

Superb low-light performance

A large f/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot with ambient light even in dark conditions. With two stops more light-gathering power than an f/2.8 zoom lens, the EF35mm f/1.4L II USM is an ideal lens for hand-held photography in low-light conditions.

Shooting at wide apertures allows photographers to limit depth-of-field. Creating such shallow-focus effects is one way that a subject can be made to stand out against a background, and is particularly effective when combined with the lens’s wide-angle field-of-view. The lens’s nine-bladed aperture renders out-of-focus areas smoothly and naturally.

New standards in image quality

Canon has employed its latest lens technologies to ensure image quality is of the very highest order. A new innovation called Blue Spectrum Refractive optics tackles coloured fringing by correcting chromatic aberrations while Ultra Low-Dispersion (UD) optics and dual aspherical lens elements provide incredible sharpness. Finally, a SubWavelength structure Coating (SWC) boosts contrast and guards against flare and ghosting when shooting into the light.

Accurate yet discreet focusing

A ring-type USM autofocus establishes accurate focus quickly and in near silence, letting you work without disturbing the subject. Full-time manual focusing allows focus adjustments without changing focus mode or removing your camera from your eye.

Keep shooting even in the toughest conditions

Canon’s legendary L-series build-quality inspires confidence and adds durability. Weather-sealing guards against dust and moisture, while a fluorine coating protects the lens’s front and rear element from grease and dirt, and makes it easier to clean.

Blue Spectrum Refractive optics

Canon developed Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optics to tackle coloured fringing in large-diameter lenses. This bespoke organic optical material is more effective at correcting such fringing than other technologies, like fluorite, Ultra Low-Dispersion (UD) or Super UD glass.

Coloured fringing is caused by chromatic aberration – a phenomenon where light of different colours is focused at different points. Using BR optical material in the EF35mm f/1.4L II USM minimises this effect.

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