In my opinion a 35mm prime lens is one that all photographers own. The 35mm focal length, and field of view is one I frequently use and I have to admit that it has become one of my all-time favorites. If you have not tried a 35mm prime lens I highly recommend you do, and the Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens may well be the best 35mm lens with which to test the water.
First things first, let’s look at the key specifications of the Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens:-
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 35mm/56mm/ Aperture:- 2 - 22 /Min focus:- 9.8”/ Dimensions:- 2.9” X 2.3”/ Weight:- 5.4oz / Image stabilization:- No / Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:- 90.00/85.00
Yongnuo are well known for making affordable speed lights and flash equipment (like the YN565 and YN622 flash triggers) but they are not so well known for their lenses, and there is a good reason for this. Yongnuo have only recently entered the world of lenses and the 35mm f2 prime lens is one of their offerings.
The first thing you will notice about the Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens is the build quality, which in all honesty isn’t anything to write home about. This lens doesn’t feel too strong, which isn’t helped by its lightweight, and you could easily mistake it for a child’s toy than a serious bit of photography equipment. The build quality of this lens is similar and on par with theCanon 50mm f1.8, a lens which is renowned for cheap feel. Whilst this lens may not be ultra-tough and robust it will still last a long time providing you treat it with a little respect of course. One advantage of the suspect build quality is that this lens s ultra-lightweight and manageable. The good thing about this lens is that even if you do end up damaging it this lens is so cheap you can go out and replace it without having to save up.
All things considered the image quality of the Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens is exceptionally good. It is a little soft wide open at f2 however the sharpness soon increases right up to the sweet spot, which is around f5.6 – f8. I don’t mind a little softness on occasion, like when taking portraits of babies/infants and women, but this lens is a little too soft for me. The thing to remember is that sharpness/softness is relative and just because a lens is too soft for me it doesn’t necessarily mean it is too soft for you. I have no problems with the sharpness once this lens is stopped down.
This lens does have autofocus, which is a bonus however it is a little slow and clunky. This is not a problem if your subject is prepared to remain still and pose for you, but if the subject is moving around the autofocus is going to struggle.
This lens doesn’t have image stabilisation or vibration reduction, and whilst I don’t see it much of an issue I now this is something that may not sit well with other potential users. The lack of image stabilisation/vibration reduction is a contributing factor to its low weight, and this low weight combined with the short focal length means image stabilization isn’t needed, unless in very low light.
The Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens is very cheap which makes it an affordable lens. I know this lens has its flaws but considering the cost of this lens it is exceptionally good, and I struggle to see how Yongnuo can sell this lens for such little money and make a profit. This lens is awesome value for money and if you want a lens that gives a lot of bang for the buck this is it.
Overall the Yongnuo 35mm f2 is a great lens that is capable of capturing some great shots. If you don’t know if the 35mm prime lens is for you and going to suit your style of photography the Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens allows you to experiment and have a go with a 35mm prime lens without having to spend a fortune.
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