I'll have to chime in as another disappointed 35/1.8 user. It hunts way too much and I really wish it has a focus limiting switch (although it looks like the 85/2 has this). IQ is fine, but a little flat for my liking. Listening to it hunt loudly, whilst reviewing images should you happen to have the lens cap on is annoying too.[..]
I'll have to chime in as another disappointed 35/1.8 user. It hunts way too much and I really wish it has a focus limiting switch (although it looks like the 85/2 has this). IQ is fine, but a little flat for my liking. Listening to it hunt loudly, whilst reviewing images should you happen to have the lens cap on is annoying too.
I will consider this lens, although it looks a bit chunkier than it probably needs to be (as does the RF 35).
I feel like there is a massive gap in the full frame market for compact primes with L series build quality. Everybody (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Leica) is essentially making the same specc'd cameras and the same lenses massive lenses with nobody filling the full frame primes for the travel, hiking and landscape where weigh AND weather sealing is appealing.
The IQ on the RF L primes is great, but they're no good if you never take the camera outside. Despite having some chunky L glass, currently my most used lenses are my Leica 50mm Summicron-R and Kipon RF 75mm 2.4. Manual focusing on the R has been a revelation. I get the EF 24-70 2.8L ii and 24mm TS-e ii out too when I can be bothered to carry them.
Hence my above comments on the Nikon f4 lenses. Not much of a middle ground in the Cabnon mirrorless lenses. Hopefully, they will in time.Chiming in here on the RF 35 and L series smaller aperture primes. Where the hell are they? The STM motors hunt like crazy, are noisy compared to premium L glass and while light, aren't as nice as L glass.
So we've an RF system where we have a choice of super heavy, bulky L series glass or STM primes that are noisy and poor in nailing focus. STM is fine if you are an amatuer or shooting non moving products professionally. But for people who want a lighter setup with L quality glass with the money to pay for it? Nah.
I sold my RF35 in favour of an adapted EF 35mm F2 IS which was quieter and focused better. I have bought the RF35 again to see if it performs better on the R6 but so far I can't really tell as weddings are off due to Covid, meaning, I can't test it that well yet.
Back on track though, the RF85 interests me as it'll potentially replace my 85 1.4 and 100mm macro. So long as it focuses quickly. Otherwise what's the point. I really, truly hope if Canon doesn't offer smaller apertures L glass that a third party at least releases some smaller aperture lenses with a better AF system in it.