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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2017, 04:17:58 PM »
Do you really need F1.4? If so, then look at one of the Canon lenses or perhaps the Sigma. There is a lot of copy variation in the first F1.4 version, with many people reporting they needed to stop down to F2. Also, Lens Rentals had this lens on a high problem list a number of years ago. AF needed to be worked on with some of their lenses.

I have the Canon 35 F2 IS. The only time I have wanted to shoot at wider than F2 was at a Zombie walk at night a number of years ago, and this was on a 60D. On a modern full frame, I don't miss F1.4. If you have the cash, the V2 of the Canon is likely worth it. If you get a used version 1, get it from a place where returns are assured.
For myself, I am happy with the 35 F2 and IS. If I wanted to spend a lot of time photographing people at night by street lights, F1.4 can help.

I questioned whether or not I needed f/1.4 even after my purchase (person who wanted my guitar bought the lens for me and some boot). However, last week I was taking indoor shots of my grandson and was glad I had it. Yes, I could have used flash, but wanted the natural shadows offered by not shooting with flash. Off camera flash would also have been cumbersome with him moving around so much. Now I am glad I had f/1.4.

I have not used it, but there are many on this forum that really like the 35 f/2.

As always, money plays a role in these decisions. I, luckily, have the 35 f/1.4L II. I say luckily because I just happened upon somebody that wanted what I had to trade for it. I got very fortunate there.  I didn't have the aptitude for guitar playing anyway. :)

I don't know the future needs of the OP, but I would save for the f/1.4L II. It is such a fantastic lens and I have no regrets. I see zero CA with my copy. Zero. Sharpness is extremely good. AF seems almost perfect. Size and weight? I like heavy lenses.

Never used the 35 f/1.4L so I can't comment about the difference between it and the new one.
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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2017, 04:17:58 PM »

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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2017, 04:31:08 PM »
Personally I never liked the 35 L MkI, I always felt it was too flawed in CA and off center sharpness, I was almost always frustrated with it when I used it below f2 so I got a 35mm f2 IS and couldn't be happier.

I used three different 35 1.4 L MkI's and only one 35 f2 IS. Now that was prior to the MkII coming out so things are different now, but I still don't regret the $300 I paid for a lightly used boxed 35 f2 IS and don't seriously consider going to the $1,600 L MkII, not least of which I find dof shallow enough at my shooting distances at f2 and the IS more than makes up for the stop of aperture in most of my personal shooting situations. YMMV, but despite being a bit of an L snob I can whole heartedly recommend the 35 f2 IS if the f2 will work for you.

I own three non L lenses, the 15 f2.8 fisheye, I'd rather have the f2.8 than the f4 fisheye zoom as I have no use for wider than the 15mm full frame fisheye of the zoom anyway. I also own the 50 f1.4, I don't know if I am lucky but I gat a darn\n good copy and really like the size and simplicity of it over the 1.2 L. And the 35 f2 IS which I'd choose over an L Mki any day of the week for my personal style.
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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2017, 04:40:52 PM »
Personally I never liked the 35 L MkI, I always felt it was too flawed in CA and off center sharpness, I was almost always frustrated with it when I used it below f2 so I got a 35mm f2 IS and couldn't be happier.

I used three different 35 1.4 L MkI's and only one 35 f2 IS. Now that was prior to the MkII coming out so things are different now, but I still don't regret the $300 I paid for a lightly used boxed 35 f2 IS and don't seriously consider going to the $1,600 L MkII, not least of which I find dof shallow enough at my shooting distances at f2 and the IS more than makes up for the stop of aperture in most of my personal shooting situations. YMMV, but despite being a bit of an L snob I can whole heartedly recommend the 35 f2 IS if the f2 will work for you.

I own three non L lenses, the 15 f2.8 fisheye, I'd rather have the f2.8 than the f4 fisheye zoom as I have no use for wider than the 15mm full frame fisheye of the zoom anyway. I also own the 50 f1.4, I don't know if I am lucky but I gat a darn\n good copy and really like the size and simplicity of it over the 1.2 L. And the 35 f2 IS which I'd choose over an L Mki any day of the week for my personal style.

I had the 50 f/1.4. I just can't remember whether it was good or bad. My shooting was real bad anyway, so don't know which bad photos were my fault or the len's fault. :) I was shooting with a Canon XSi at the time. My first digital camera. Like Mr. Sanford, I am waiting to see whether a new 50mm "L" will be released. No rush on that one though.
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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2017, 02:59:52 PM »
I had the Mk1 and absolutely hated it. I used it once or twice and kept it for about 2-3 months and got rid of it. There was nothing special about it IMO -- soft wide open, lots of color fringing, etc.

I rented the Mk2 over the summer to try it out and was blown away. Razor sharp wide open, very contrasty and beautiful images. I immediately bought one and I've been using it all the time ever since.

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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2017, 05:01:27 AM »
I have the original 35/1.4L and I absolutely love it. It is my most used lens (more exposures with tele zooms, but that's only because of continuous high and hoping to catch the action).

Plenty sharp enough for my uses, contrast and flare resistance is fantastic and AF is spot on every single time at all distances and with all AF points with all cameras I've tried it on, all with no AF tuning. Even straight into the sun.
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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2017, 06:18:41 AM »
^^ in the two posts above you have confirmation about my, and others, point of the copy variation. It can be pretty bad or just fantastic.
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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2017, 01:29:51 PM »
...crazy, isn´t it?

If I could be more sure, I would buy a used one - without hesitation.
Don´t wanna change the lens more than 10 times  ;)

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Re: Used Canon 35mm 1.4, advice needed
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2017, 01:29:51 PM »