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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2016, 11:29:47 AM »
Just ordered this fine lens, can't wait to get it! Wanted the 35ii for a while :)

You will not be disappointed. Mine is still by far the one I use the most. Color, contrast, the ridiculous sharpness, the lack of any CA and distortion and that AF and build quality. I wish every lens was as good. In fact the lens that's closest to being as good in all aspects is the 200 f2.

Thanks Viggo, I am sure your right, thanks for the comment, I am lucky (and don't want to sound big headed) as I have the 200/2, it's an amazing lens even with it's quirky minimum focus distance (i.e you need room to work), I love shooting at 35mm, I have been using mostly zooms for years but I wish to be more creative, I find my zooms make me lazy with composition so look forward to finding some new angles with this fine piece of glass.

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2016, 11:29:47 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2016, 02:15:33 PM »
Just ordered this fine lens, can't wait to get it! Wanted the 35ii for a while :)

You will not be disappointed. Mine is still by far the one I use the most. Color, contrast, the ridiculous sharpness, the lack of any CA and distortion and that AF and build quality. I wish every lens was as good. In fact the lens that's closest to being as good in all aspects is the 200 f2.

Thanks Viggo, I am sure your right, thanks for the comment, I am lucky (and don't want to sound big headed) as I have the 200/2, it's an amazing lens even with it's quirky minimum focus distance (i.e you need room to work), I love shooting at 35mm, I have been using mostly zooms for years but I wish to be more creative, I find my zooms make me lazy with composition so look forward to finding some new angles with this fine piece of glass.

Agreed! I recently added the 85 f1.8, but been shooting 35 L II + 200 f2 for a long time and it's a killer combo.
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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2016, 04:53:09 PM »
...careful not to be rude... I respect all opinions...

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well..... users and owners of the 200 f2  ... released both barrels..haha..

me ...I want
more I.S. control...and THAT is OLD(er) tech..
plus all the latest developments...blue goo... newer glass formulas... weight reduction...
etc..

if you believe the 200 cannot be improved then ...YOU may rest easy...
the dramatic improvement of my original 35L mk I ....sigma 35A.... heading to my current  35L ii
and my 100-400 II (which version mkI ...was praised as near perfect...by some)
is what drives my statement...

I doubt the Canon engineering advanced planning people say :
 "well the 200 f2 is done for 20 years.....lets take a long break....."
I want what they are pondering...developing...

I would buy the latest version...  replacing current....
just my standards... and yes I rent the 200 f2 ...quite a bit.... it does solve problems for me...
but not interested in investing in it til it hits the upgrade cycle...


and I dont mind the shots....
have at it...   

I DO KNOW the   ~14, 35, 135, 200  are the complete set I want ...in all the MOST modern forms..
I believe I will get tht 16-35 III.....   to override the 14L ii  that I like.. (smallness is good too)

I  ALSO  want the new 135 f2 to have I.S. .....
I REALLY want this lens ...BACK....as an I.S. 'reference' lens....  as good as the 35L ii-which is crazy good...
I loved that 135 f2 lens...
but some may not know this.... it was not perfect....just really nice...

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I have used this gear ...and been around for a while...
and I see the pluses and minuses of most of the canon-specific gear...


and wish you all well....
this is the best, most informative photo-forum I have used in last 25-30 yrs.....

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2016, 07:20:50 PM »
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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2016, 11:28:12 PM »
student of light...
wow...

nice combo   6d  35L ii

those shots....some clarity there.....lovely
thanks....

I need to get out and shoot tomorrow...

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2016, 08:28:32 PM »
student of light...
wow...

nice combo   6d  35L ii

those shots....some clarity there.....lovely
thanks....

I need to get out and shoot tomorrow...
Indeed, they are a favorite for combo of mine.

Thanks, and to think the picnic was almost canceled due to bad weather. Thankfully it cleared up, but we still had flattering soft light from the clouds.

Enjoy, I wish you good light  8)
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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2016, 03:39:22 AM »
Great shots, only a day or two and my 35 will be here!! :D

TommyLee, I think we all wish and hope Canon do better, no matter what one thing is for sure, things will move on, the 200/2 is an oddball lens imo, it is not the easiest to use (weight, min focus) but the results make it worthwhile, it has a sprinkle of magic like the 35, you can shoot a dustbin and it has "that" look.. if it were lighter and attracted less attention out and about it would be perfect ;) oh and maybe a little sharper haha - can it get sharper...

Lets some more of those 35's posted up :)

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2016, 03:39:22 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2016, 06:23:15 AM »
Pulled the trigger just in time for a Gatlinburg getaway.  So far I'm very happy with it on my 5DIII and 80D.  Quick, accurate AF even at the corner AF points of both bodies.

Here are a few for the bokeh inclined, minimal processing, all on the 5DIII.


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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2016, 08:56:50 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2016, 10:50:00 AM »
SAD!  So many clamored for this new version...What happened???

I wish there were an objective test comparing the AF of the new Canon to the Sigma Art...

Could you elaborate on this?  The new 35II is a marked improvement on the older one, which was already a good lens.  I own the 35 Sig and I borrowed the 35II from CPS for 10 days to evaluate.  It came as no surprise that the native Canon glass had faster, more accurate, and more consistent AF than the sigma.  That sigma has produced some excellent results for me in the last couple years, but in order for me to feel confident in its focusing, I'm forced to shoot in Live View and punch in to verify, which I don't typically care to have to do.  With the Canon, I could shot normally and have confidence.  Obviously the AF is less an issue once you stop the lenses down to f4 and lower because of the DOF, but if you buy a 1.4 lens, you should expect reliable results AT 1.4.  The sigma just doesn't offer that reliability to the same frequency as does the Canon.
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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2016, 08:49:57 AM »
Class A -  you buy a 1.4 lens, you should expect reliable results AT 1.4.  The sigma just doesn't offer that reliability to the same frequency as does the Canon.
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yes ...completely agree
I had 35L mk 1,  and then sigma ..loved em both...each an improvement over the previous..

now my 35L mk 2 is as good as any of the best Canon lenses...  imo

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the bokeh is lovely...as demonstrated above....
nice shots....

the lens is so good and 35mm being my fav angle...
I dont want to take it off the camera..

I wish I had a 5DmkIII that had the spotmeter linked to focus, exp comp in manual ,  and LIGHTED focus points in servo....and a few more features..
if so...... then I would have a smaller footprint....  if I had that.. I would superglue the 35L II to the body
and call it a perfect system...


the 1dx2 is wonderful... but bulges in my jeans pocket ...a little bit....ha
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AND to stir-up old wounds again..
the 135 f2 mk II  I.S.  with  ~1.5 feet  min focus distance....
would be quite nice to pair with the 35L II

for now I'll add my 14L II....   making .....  14mm, 35mm and 135mm  a near-complete system
but
 I would be willing to give up f2.8  ... for f4
maybe use an 11-24 Canon  or 12 24 Sigma ...to replace the 14mm ..

my point is...
they NOW all have to rise to the 35L II standards....I am spoiled!!
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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2016, 08:20:18 AM »
Oh, baby, baby.  F/2 and f/1.4, respectively.

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2016, 08:23:43 AM »
Crapking, JerryRigged, StudentOfLight, Viggo, thanks for kicking off this gallery with some compelling and helpful images!  JerryRigged--I bet your subject was PLEASED!   :D

TommyLee, could you please help us reserve this thread for images and comments on them (leaning towards technical aspects of the lens)?  Thanks!

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2016, 08:23:43 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2016, 10:27:58 AM »
I got mine, this is a great walk about lens, very natural perspective, through the viewfinder of the 1DX it's much like looking though an open window, depth of field is strong as you'd expect at 1.4 and MFD. I need some time to get out and shoot, I got this lens for indoor portraits, but very much day to day lifestyle stuff, think it will work out well for me. Great pics here so hope to get something to post up asap.

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Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2016, 11:11:00 AM »
Expression summarizes my feelings towards 2016 -  shock, and concern for the future

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« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2016, 11:11:00 AM »