If there’s one prime lens every photographer should have in their camera bag it is a 35mm prime lens. The 35mm focal length is great for photographing a range of different subjects including landscapes and seascapes (although you won’t get ultra-wide shots), interior and architecture, street, people and pets. A 35mm lens is a versatile lens and the following are ideal for Canon cameras:-
CANON 35MM F1.4L
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 35mm/56mm/ Aperture:- 1.4 - 22/ Min focus:- 11”/ Dimensions:- 3.17” x 4.15”/ Weight:- 26.8oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£GBP:-$1,700.00/£1,700.00
If you want the best 35mm lens money can buy this lens should be at the top of your list. This lens is an L series lens, i.e. professional grade, which means it is made out of the best quality materials. This lens is tough, durable, weather sealed and more than man enough to deal with whatever you decide to throw at it. This lens is absolutely bombproof and will last a life time.
This lens is made using the best optics and glass, which means the image quality is second to none. Photos are tack sharp from the centre of the frame to the edges (even when used wide open), and colours are vibrant and punchy (and not oversaturated). This lens can capture stunning photos that will impress and the quality will not degrade, even if you blow them up to bill board size. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed with the image quality of this lens.
Compared to other 35mm lenses this lens is a large and heavy beast, but in the big scheme of things it really isn’t that bad.
As you’ve probably guessed this lens is stupidly expensive and almost twice as much as the next best 35mm lens! This lens is an investment that will last for years, providing you look after it of course, but despite this the price is still on the high side for some.
Buy the Canon 35mm f1.4L from Amazon.com (US citizens) or buy from Amazon.co.uk (UK citizens).
SIGMA 35MM F1.4 ART
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 35mm/56mm/ Aperture:- 1.4 - 16/Min focus:- 11.8”/ Dimensions:- 3.0” x 3.7”/ Weight:- 23.5oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:- $900.00/£600.00
The Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART lens is a relatively new lens that has made a massive impact and mixed everything up. The image quality of this lens is exceptional, and not too far off the Canon 35mm f1.4L lens, a lens costing almost twice as much, which is very impressive. Images taken with this lens are sharp, colourful, full of contrast and punchy.
This lens is tough, durable and well-constructed however it is not weather sealed. If you regularly shoot in damp or dusty environments this lens is not going to be the best choice, but then again the only lens you should use if you regularly shoot in damp and dusty environments is the weather sealed f1.4L.
This lens is also expensive and requires deep pockets. If you have the funds to buy one the Sigma 1.4 ART and can justify the cost of this lens then this is one lens I highly recommend. If your budget won’t stretch this far or you can’t justify the cost of this lens there are cheaper alternatives that are nearly as good.
Buy the Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART from Amazon.com (US citizens) or buy from Amazon.co.uk (UK citizens).
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