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Canon RF 35mm 1.8 IS STM Macro Review
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Canon RF 35mm 1.8 IS STM Macro Review

DPReview has completed their review of the Canon RF 35mm 1.8 IS STM Macro.

Personally, I think making such an issue about barrel distortion (which is highly correctable), and not noting that this lens costs only $499 (on sale now for $449) is a bit of a reach, but overall a well-rounded review by DPreview.

The 35mm 1.8 is an excellent bang for the buck lens, as with most Canon non-L lenses, combine this with DLO for some truly incredible results.

Pros;

  • Very good sharpness at medium apertures
  • Pleasant bokeh
  • Control Ring is a useful touch
  • Highly effective image stabilization system
  • Closer focusing distance than most 35mm lenses

Cons;

  • Some barrel distortion visible with architectural subjects
  • Lateral and longitudinal CA noticeable at wide / medium apertures
  • Focus-by-wire focusing won't be to everyone’s taste
  • No claims of weather resistance
  • AF motor not particularly discreet

Conclusions;

Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro is a versatile carry-around lens for Canon's new EOS R system. The only non-'L' lens in the initial RF lineup, the 35mm F1.8 provides a lightweight, compact and relatively affordable solution for EOS R and RP shooters. Optical quality is high, and effective optical stabilization makes this lens useful in a wide range of shooting conditions.

See the full review and gallery here

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