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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Canon Announces EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens

Canon has announced the EF-35mm f/1.4L II USM, a new wide angle L-series lens designed for professional photographers wanting to capture their world with a natural perspective. You can see sample images on Canon's China website and more samples taken with the production model of the new lens.

The successor to the legendary EF-35mm f/1.4L USM, the lens is the world’s first to feature Canon’s new Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optics – ensuring sensational image quality across a diverse range of scenes, from news and sports scenes to weddings.

Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optics is a pioneering Canon technology that helps significantly reduce chromatic aberration and produce sharper images.

The EF-35mm f/1.4L II USM has been crafted following feedback from Canon’s community of professional photographers and includes a range of advanced optical technologies to deliver the outstanding image quality professionals expect from L-series lenses.

The new lens is the first to include BR optics, a new pioneering Canon-developed lens technology featuring an optical material integrated into a compound element to help significantly reduce chromatic aberration and produce sharper images.

Together with Canon’s high performance lens coatings, including SubWavelength structure Coating (SWC), the lens delivers results with improved contrast and minimal flare and ghosting.


Perfect for capturing images with a documentary feel, using its wide 35mm fixed focal length, the EF-35mm f/1.4L II USM is the ultimate choice for photojournalists, sports and wedding photographers alike. With its wide-angle view photographers can shoot subjects in their natural habitat within the context of their environment, and without distortion. To create shots with beautiful background blur and standout portraits, the fast f/1.4, nine-blade aperture can be used to control depth-of-field, as well as enabling photographers to continue shooting as light levels start to fade.

For a rapid response to scenes unfolding in front of your eyes, the EF-35mm f/1.4L II USM features a ring-type ultrasonic motor to drive the extremely quick and near silent autofocus. A full time manual focusing ring allows you to make fine, real-time adjustments, whether shooting stills or movies.


Designed to withstand challenging shooting environments and prolonged use, the EF-35mm f/1.4L II USM boasts the iconic design and build DNA associated with Canon’s flagship L-series lenses. Advanced weather sealing and fluorine coatings help protect the lens against adverse weather conditions and the robust body ensures durability.

  • Super wide f/1.4 aperture for low light shooting and depth-of-field control.
  • New Blue Spectrum Refractive optics (BR) provides stunning sharpness and contrast.
  • USM focusing motor for superfast and silent focusing.
  • Subwavelength structure Coating (SWC) increases resistance to ghosting and flare 
  • while improving image quality.
  • Weather-sealing and fluorine coating protects against dust and moisture.
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.28m and maximum of 0.21x magnification.
  • 9-blade aperture for beautiful ‘bokeh’ focus blur.
  • Legendary L-series build quality.
  • Full-time manual focus ring with full-time manual focusing possible.
  • List price - $1,799 in the U.S.A.

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