Canon EF 35mm f2 review: Old but still very competitive

By Ben Boswell - Saturday December 15 2012

Lens Review
Introduction | Canon EF 35mm f2 lens performance | Canon EF 35mm f2 versus competition | Conclusion

When you consider that many manufacturers market their lenses as ‘optimised for use on digital’ this 22 year old lens seems to be an anachronism, designed for film it seems to stand up very well under digital scrutiny. This is not a great lens, but it is a good lens, it is very cheap and performs well. If you need a 35mm lens for your canon camera there are really only two that are worth looking at, this Canon EF 35mm f2, the cheapest and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM A which is the best. The available lenses span a vast range of price and a slightly smaller range of quality but these two are clear winners with a good balance between quality and value.