Glen Goffin Photography

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Canon 35mm f/1.4 Impressions

So MJ, David and I went to Israel on vacation.  This image is from the ampitheater at Caesarea.  What a great trip, btw.  Our guide was a blast ... and so so knowledgeable.  We decided he was a mix between Marty Feldman and Yoda.  More on that next post.

Before the trip, I really struggled with what kit to bring.  In the end, I decided to go light and brought my trusty 85mm and a rented 35mm f/1.4.  I brought the 35 because I was in this crisis of decision for a mid-range prime ... 35mm or 50mm?   I wanted a lens that gives us some context.  A lens that tells more story.  But I also want it to flatter my brides and grooms.  I was afraid the 35mm would make for some big noses.

So what's the verdict?

I loved it.  Totally.  The image at the top shows that this lens has the "magic".  Color, bokeh, sharpness, perspective ... all beautiful.  The size is that perfect feel of not too big and not too small.  I will say that the the vignetting can be a bit pronounced.  But I like that.  I usually add vignetting in post anyway.  If I had anything at all bad to say it might be that the bokeh can get just a bit squirrely.  But in a way that is still visually appealing.

I came back from the trip with credit card in hand and placed my order.  Weeks later ... no lens and no availability date.

Now what?  So I took chance and purchased the 50mm f/1.2 instead.  Did I do the right thing?  Jury is still out.  I'll post a few more from each lens and we can decide.

What do you think of this 35mm?



Woody said...

Sounds like an awesome trip!!

I like the 35, for sure, but I think your full frame (and brides) will like the 50 better.

Why is it when one decides on a lens that there are none available on the planet and no expected delivery date? It's like a conspiracy or something.

Glen Goffin said...

I think you're right. I haven't had a good chance to put the 50 to work yet so I'm still not confident but I have high expectations for it.

I thought it was just me ... I wanted to buy a battery for the 5D and the entire planet was sold out of that, too. It's like when you go shopping and there is no one in the store except the guy that is trying to buy the same thing you're looking at. One of the weird cosmic phenomena.