Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM review: A ‘fast’ wide-angle prime for the 21st CenturyBy Paul Carroll - Wednesday February 06 2013 Lens Review
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM: a sharp and bright wide angle
With an Overall DxOMark Score of 29 tested on the Canon EOS 5D MKII the Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM ranks 4th overall just behind the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM and another wide-angle option the $899 Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A. With a Lens Metric Score for Sharpness of 17P-Mpix tested on the Canon 5D MKII the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM offers an improvement in Sharpness over current wide-angle offerings such as the Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZE Canon, with 15P-Mpix, or the Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Canon with just 12P-Mpix. That said edge sharpness isn’t perfect with some drop off at the wider aperture settings and slight barrel distortion is evident, too. A Lens Metric Score of -1.8Ev for vignetting indicates lens shading is also very strong at the maximum f/2 aperture but generally this is a bright lens as its Transmission Score of 2TSTop indicates.