Canon EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Reviews

Nov 5th, 2006dturina

Priced Paid
$52

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a week

I bought this one as a real bargain, and tried it out on my 5d body. It has enormous CA wide open, more than I've seen anywhere, including a 15mm fisheye. If you stop it down to f/5.6 it becomes OK. At f/8 it is very sharp, but I wouldn't really use it wide open unless I aimed for CA as an artistic effect. :) Flare is poorly controlled, there's lots of ghosting which harms the overall contrast. There is visible vignetting, especially wide open, but improves when stopped down. Colors and contrast are not really good - they give an "80's" look, and if you need that, this lens can be an inexpensive tool. However, I need to stress that it is really usable stopped down, and I intend to use it as a light and inexpensive walkaround lens on my 5d. I already got some very nice family shots with it.
Build quality is not very good; it's plasticky but doesn't look like it'll fall apart. The front element rotates, so no CPL. Macro capability is decent, but I'd use an extension tube. AF is loud and on the slow side compared to USM lenses, but still works fine.
Feb 4th, 2008graf86

Priced Paid
35$

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I use the this lens an my old analog Canon and for my opinion the AF is very fast, compared to all other lenses I own. E.g 50mm MkII 18-55mm
But Image quality is very bad. Also at f/8! and ghosting and CA is a real problem.
I would just buy the lens because of it's fast AF and it's price.
Sep 5th, 2008klc

Priced Paid
na

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I'm using this lens on my 10D while I get my standard zoom repaired - I'd forgotten how much of a pain to use it is. Rotating front is annoying,but common. But what were canon playing at when they designed the front section of this lens? The filter thread recesses into the lens on zooming making it impossible to use step up rings and frequently ejecting the lens cap unexpectedly - idiots!

Optically its what you'd expect for a cheap standard zoom, and I'm missing my normal lens. Suffers flare on digital that doesnt appear on film, due to strongly coated rear element causing multiple reflect5ions with the sensor.
Jul 21st, 2010amateur2

Priced Paid
40

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a year

At 35 & 50mm and f8 outstanding. I couldn't believe first, that this consumer lens performed so well closed two f-stops in 100 and 200 % screen view with 5d. I compared with EF 50/1,4 and EF 1,8/85. The EF 85 has better sharpness, the 50 fix-focal not! The camera exposures a little bit on the darker side (at least 1/3 f-stop compared to the fix focals). Of course the fix focals look more natural in critical light situations. I did not test higher apertures because I just wanted to know if I could stay with just this cheap lens for a very sunny holiday and standard landscape/architecture photography. Yes, if the sun is heavily shining, you do not need expensive and heavy fix focals in your travel bag. Just take this oldtimer zoom and the 1,8/85 for low light & portraits and indoor.

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