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Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 AFD wideangle lens

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Background & a brief Version History on Canon 35mm f/2.0 wideangle

Wideangle lenses were used to be second to standard lenses in popularity as each camera sold during the '50, '60 and '70 were usually bundled with the camera. It was true that from early '40 Seiki Kogaku (Canon) and Nippon kogaku (Nikon) had some arrangement between theme in swapping lens for camera program. But after 1948, no Canon cameras were sold with a Nikkor lens on their camera anymore. The earliest 35mm Canon wideangle lens one can traced was the Serenar 35mm f/3.5 which uses a very simple 4 elements in 3 group design; The fastest 35mm wideangle Canon had produced during the early '50 was the Canon 35mm f/1.8 which was already in the market place as early as back in 1957 and another even faster 35mm f/1.5 (8/4) followed a year later in 1958.

S-mount Serenar 35mm f2.8.jpg S-mount Serenar 35mm f1.8.jpg S-mount 35mm f/1.5.jpg S-mount 35mm f/2.8 for Canon 7
The first 35mm wideangle with an aperture of f2.0 (7/4) was a Canon lens 35mm f/2.0 (which has quite a radical change in the appearance and the familiar orange distance scales was first used.

I don't have these oldies. The tiny lens I had with my Canon 7 was a slower Canon f/3.5 28mm, similar to the version of last picture shown.
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S-mount 35mm f/2.8 for Canon 7

The R and FL mount has no provision for a fast speed 35mm f/2.0 wideangle lens other than a Super-Canonmatic 35mm f/2.5 and the first 35mm f/2.0 for the Canon SLR cameras was only made available in 1971 with the FD mount 35mm f/2.0 S.C.,. the FD lens came with a new optical design of 9 elements in 8 groups. The FD 35mm f/2.0 S.S.C. . version was introduced in 1976 while the FDN (NEW) version of the Canon FDN 35mm f/2.0 finally released as an update 3 years later, probably in December, 1979.

Canon FD 35mm f/2.0 S.S.C. Canon FD 35mm f/3.5 S.C. Canon FDN 35mm f/2.0 Canon FDN 35mm f/2.8
It is also interesting to note that:- The pre-FDN mount era has only a FD 35mm f/2.0 S.S.C. (far left) and a f/3.5 S.C. (second from left) but there was no f/2.8. The newer FDN mount has dropped the f/3.5 lens and replaced it with a faster f/2.8 Canon FDN 28mm f/2.8. (left) and offered as companion for the FDN 35mm f/2.0 (3rd from left).

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Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 AFD wideangle lens
Marketed: 10.1990; Current Model

Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 by Phone Busta, UK
You have probably noticed this lens was only marketed in 1990 - that was actually three years after the EOS system was introduced. Yes. The early batch of EF lens group did not included with a 35mm fixed focal length wideangle (an alternative was a Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 wideangle). I guess the delay during that stage was more due to commercial reasons but Canon did away with this broken link well via quite a few Canon EF zoom lenses with this specific focal length included. The related EF ultra-wide-tele zooms available for Canon photographers were EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AFD, EF 28-70mm f/3.5~4.5 (1987, Ver. II 1988) and EF 28-80mm f/2.8~4L USM (1989); EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 (03.1987), EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5A (1988), EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 PZ (1990), EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 (1990), EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 (1987); EF35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 (1991); EF 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 (USM) (1988/1990). Well, important thing is, no one complaints, so it stayed at it was during that time. But one way or another, Canon did realize a full system couldn't possibly missing out one of the most popular wideangle focal length in 35mm, even if it was then commercially not viable, the EF lens group must have a 35mm prime lens in its line up and it was then made available in 1990.

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The EF version of the 35mm f/2.0 has a different optical design from any of the previous Canon FD 35mm f/2.0 versions (it actually went through two major update from 9 elements in 8 groups used in the FD 35mm f/2.0 S.S.C. to a revised 8 groups, 10 elements in the new FD mount). The new optical formula for this autofocus has a very much simpler version in 7 Elements in 5 Groups Lens construction which indirectly contributes to its extremely lightweight in a light 210g package - it is the lightest prime lense in the EF lens family (except for the EF 28mm f/2.8 (185g) and the dual standard lenses of EF 50mm f/1.8 (190g), EF 50mm f/1.8 II (130g) - but along with the AF-Nikkor 35mm f/2.0 which also weighs similarly at 210g, this compact EF 35mm f/2.0 wideangle can easily ranked as lightest 35mm f/2.0 lens in its class among all major camera/lens manufacturers.

Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 wideangle side/front view Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 wideangle Rear Stainless Steel mount
Canon has not paid too much attention in considering a possible lens update for this miniature wideangle (as at 03.2006) and thus, the AF actuator was still an Arc-Form Drive (AFD) motor. Personally, I don't think a USM version matters too much as long as the price be maintained as current level affordability. The built quality is above average, similar to early days of EF lenses, the lens mount is still retaining as a stainless steel configuration.

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The depth of field scale has two settings at f/11 and f/22 (its minimum aperture) but I would think addition of f/5.6 and f/4.0 should have been also included for easy visual verification on EOS cameras that permit stopped down AE. Anyway, as Canon remains as the only SLR camera manufacturers to offer a Depth of Filed AE exposure control mode (not all models are available), so, it reduces dependency on such visual need via the lens distance scale window.

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A good flatbed view of the Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 fixed focal length Wideangle lens
I don't own this EF wideangle and as one of my friend correctly conveying his view " ... it requires some justification as currently, there are so many EF wide-to-tele zoom lenses around and at a wide price range from USD$229.00 - $370.00 (note: Ebay buy-it-now may be just below USD$200-00), many could have added a little extra to go for a zoom instead...". As I stated at the earlier page on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L - owners who may be interested in a prime wideangle lens could have specific reasons on their own. On a more realistic note, this lens priced at a fraction of a comparing luxurious class 35/1.4 (approx. USD1,150-00) which makes it a serious consideration if absolute low ambient light photography is not a constant affair.

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Whatever it is, I can only inspire some of you who may be seeking for a fixed focal length wideangle as such that this is a fairly large aperture 35mm lens with a angle of wide of a moderately wide 63° angle of view for many general-purpose usage such as indoor/outdoor available light or flash/studio portraiture, PR photography, quick candid, travel and others. The picture angle also meets most Canon flash unit's coverage. The main advantage is its compactness and lightweight factors, in addition to its overall high image performance which is associated with Canon trademark quality. The lens has employed a flare-cut diaphragm and even if it is deployed with a 5 blades diaphragm, ghosting and flare under general situation should be well contained. Canon stated the simple extension type of focusing system was used in the design of this lens is to ensure well corrected curvature of field, which improves its lens handling and operability. The lens can focus down to merely 0.25m (0.8 ft) and it was also the shortest performer in its class. Besides, with an EF Extension 25 (II) in place, this lens can actually goes 1.0X in magnification (EF25 II:- 1.0X-0.77X (0.23X Maximum Magnification lens only). This provides another potential application when using it for close-ups photography with an interesting perspective wider than using Canon dedicated EF MACRO/close-up lenses and maintaining a more natural field of view than any comparing Canon EF ultrawides. Further, the lens has a minimum aperture of f/22 and can utilize this for a wider range of depth of field control, even for close-ups. Similarly, Canon has considerate enough to design the lens with a non-rotational lens front, where it is possible to make use of some creative filters such as Polarizer and others to improve its creative aspect. Last, the lens filter attachment is a market standard 52mm and entry into getting cheap and easily accessible filter accessories couldn't be more easier and cheaper. The rest ? oh.. it is up to you in how to make good use of of these via your creative mind.

NOTE: for those who may be very brand/quality conscious and/or requires a third opinion, don't ask me - you can refer to some suggestive web links I provided for you to act as a reference source:- External Link(s): - Bryan Carnathan's review at; Marck Cho/Jon Huang's comparison among 35mm; A bagful of mixed Reviews at; lensFix database

Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 gallary by Jeff@photocreative, Canada Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 FRONT gallary by Jeff@photocreative, Canada
A mini showcase of some lovely images of the lens by Jeff of Photocreative inc., Ontario, Canada.

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Technical Specification for Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 Wideangle lense: -

Type: - Autofocus lens type with manual focusing mechanism
Focal Length: Fixed focal length 35mm
Focus Adjustment:- Autofocus or manual focusing with a simple, straight forward extension type of focusing system
Manual Focusing:- possible via AF/M switch
Zoom Adjustment:- Nil. Fixed Focal Length Lens
Closest Focusing Distance:- 0.25m (0.8ft)
Maximum Magnification:- 0.23X
Drive System:- AFD (Arc-Form Drive) Actuator
Distance Scales: Provided via window on metres/feet.
Angle of View:- 54°
38° 63° (horizontal, vertical and diagonal)
Aperture range:- f/2.0 - f/22; Minimum Aperture: - f/22
Number of Diaphragm Blades: - 5 blades; Depth of Filed Scale: f/11, f/22

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Wideangle for portraiture ? Why not ? Here is a clever use of the slight distortion of the nature of wideangle for this excellent studio portrait. Those who may have mental block on No-Wide_for_Portrait may pick up somethying from here..

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Filter Attachment Size:- 52mm front mounting, non-rotational
Lens construction:- 7 Elements in 5 Groups
Extenders: Usable but not advisable.
Others: - Extension Tube Extension Tube EF25 (II) 0.58X-0.35X; EF25 II:- 1.0X-0.77X; Diameter:- 67.4mm x 42.5mm (2.7" x 1.7"); Weight:- 210g (7.4 oz.

Optical Contruction for EF 35mm f/2.0 wideangle

MTF for EF 35mm f/2.0 wideangle lens

Accessories:- Lens Cap/pouch E-52 (supplied ); lens hard case: LP-1014 or LHP-B9; lens Hood:- EW-65(II); Soft Case:- ES-C9. Gelatin Filter Holder (Hood) III (52)- 2; Gelatin Filter Holder (Hood) IV:- 2; 52mm UV Haze; 52mm Close-up Lens 250D, 500D; Dust Cap E Rear; 52mm Circular Polarizer; Macrolite Adapter 52C; EF Adapter

Status: Current model (as at 03.2006).

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lens hood (EW-65II) of the EF 35mm f/2.0
Alternate Canon EF super wideangle Zoom: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF 17-40mm f/2.8L USM | Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM | Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AFD | Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5~4.5 USM | Relative: - Canon FD 35mm f/2.0; 35mm f/2.8; FD-mount 20-35mm f/3.5(L) ASPH S.S.C or browse others from the Main Index Page of Canon FD lens Resources

Another image with the dedicated lens hood (EW-65II) of the EF 35mm f/2.0 lens by Jeff of Photocreative inc., Ontario, Canada.

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