Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
The Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens is a wide angle high speed prime lens. The new lens features Instant Stabilization and the ability to override into manual while still in autofocus mode by shifting the focus ring. The lens, as standard, has a built in autofocus and focuses quickly and silently, it’s a perfect addition for any full frame canon DSLR. It feels a lot heavier than its previous models and is certainly pricier. It costs around 850$ to acquire this lens and that’s almost thrice as much as you’d normally pay for a 35mm without instant stabilization and it even seems wise to buy a lens that can go up to f/1.4. It all falls down to how you choose to pay for what you want to own. That being said, they haven’t improved on the lens any way physically since its body is mostly a plastic with some metal coating while the internal components are mostly metal. Ergonomics also remain largely unchained. The fact that you can hold the focus ring to manually focus is a nice touch.
I tested this lens on the 1D-X and it focuses with near lightning speed and even with the lowest aperture of f/2 it focused dead on. Here’s how it handled in a low lighting scenario in the Dubai Metro. A Canon 1D-X body was used.
Here’s an example of an image I shot at f 2.8 to see how Bokeh would appear in this image.
It does a decent job if you’re shooting quite near to your subject, as you get further away, the effect becomes worse, and you can see the effects when you crop it. This is the same image with the background cropped.
Additionally, there isn’t a hard infinity focus stop; you have to go in auto mode to do that. The focus range is also limited but that shouldn’t be a problem if you love to use depth of field in your shots creatively. Such as the ones I took, I tend to find this camera ideal for portraits and people since it really does make interesting profiles.
Overall, this is a lens with brilliant optics, does what it’s made for and is made to work well with most canon DSLR bodies but that being said, I emphasize that this ultimately it falls down to buyer’s choice. I would rather wait for the price of this lens to come down or get it in a deal. If you go for the previous model you’d only be losing out on the override option but the older version of this lens still provides the same quality optics.
Overall Rating 4/5
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
The Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 is as the L denotes, one of Canon’s pricier luxury lenses aimed at the working professional. The standard zoom lens covers a focal range of 24-70mm capable of going to an aperture of f/2.8 noiseless focusing with a manual focus override. Additionally it comes with a zoom lock. The lens is built with hard plastic with metal casings which is a signature of most L class lenses. The lens is designed to take on extreme conditions and it packs a punch. The lens, Canon claims, is weather sealed and should appeal to the hardened photographer. The build of the lens though compact isn’t too heavy though if you put it on a full frame DSLR such as the 1D-X you’ll definitely feel the weight after prolonged use. I however prefer using a body with some added weight and it was comfortable for me to use.
Images are near sharp and since it focuses so silently and quickly, you won’t be having any trouble at all, here’s an example of a shot I took to try to see how well it could of focus backgrounds when shooting a subject in the foreground. I found that this lens produces some of the nicest depth of fields I’ve seen.
The 24-70mm is easy to handle, interchange with another lens on any camera body and it would be a perfect addition to a full frame body such as the 5D MK iii. A butterfly lens hood is supplied along with the lens as well. It’s a good general purpose lens but I found it comfortable to use when shooting up close at people and clicking landscapes, rather than use it on the street or roads. It gives good colour reproduction and the zoom lock keeps the lens at 24 mm which doubles up as a wide prime lens though when you shoot it wide I noticed slight vignettes at the edges and autofocus sometimes messed up in some terrible lighting conditions.
One of the downsides is that they didn’t add in the instant stabilization feature in this particular version of the lens alongside that there’s a huge price to pay for when you purchase one of these lenses and you have to decide whether it’s the right one for you. A regular professional would have no trouble acquiring this lens over time and it’s an excellent addition to their arsenal. It’s a steep upgrade when it comes to purchasing this lens but from what I’ve seen, this lens has been really impressive in delivering in some of the worst case scenario’s I’ve thrown at it. It does get really hard to not justify the cost. There are of course better alternatives to this lens if the price isn’t something you’re comfortable with.
Overall Rating 4/5