Canon launches EF 35mm f1.4 L II USM lens
· EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
· Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
· Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
· Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
· Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
· Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
· Full-Time Manual Focus Override
· Weather-Sealed Design
· Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Canon has launched the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. This is a full frame lens and can also be used in APS-C sized sensors where the effective focal length will be 56mm. This lens contains Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics and its widest aperture is f1.4 which would be a great low light warrior. It would also help in obtaining very shallow depth of field when needed.
This lens has got two aspherical elements and one Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) element along with the Blue spectrum refractive element. The blue spectrum refractive optics will refract shorter wavelengths of the visible spectrum (blue light) in order to significantly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing.
This will help in controlling the chromatic aberrations as well as color fringing. As a result the sharpness and clarity improves.
Canon has also given a sub-wavelength coating to lower the incidence of ghosting and contain lens flare. This will also improve the contrast as well as colour accuracy.
A Subwavelength Coating has also been applied to reduce ghosting and lens flare for greater color accuracy and contrast. The Ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast and near-silent AF operation. Full time manual focus override enables precise manual focus even when in AF mode.
The minimum focus distance is 11" with a 0.21x maximum magnification benefits working with close-up subjects.
Most of the times we face problems of finger prints in the lens. Canon has given Fluorine coatings on the front and rear surfaces of the lens to help reduce fingerprints and smudging.
A nine-blade aperture provides smooth and pleasing bokeh. It takes 72mm filter at the front.
The lens weighs 760 gms.
Preorder: You can preorder this lens from B&H by clicking this link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...990/KBID/13252
Canon Press Release
Canon U.S.A. Introduces New Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II USM Lens
New L-Series Lens is First to Feature Canon's Proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics - That Achieves a Higher Level of Chromatic Aberration Correction For Superb Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens for EOS system cameras - a wide-angle fixed-focal-length Canon EF lens that is the world's first* to utilize the Company's newly-developed and exclusive Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics). This new optical technology utilizes organic material newly developed by Canon to achieve a higher level of chromatic aberration correction than other existing technologies resulting in outstanding high-quality imaging performance.
"As the world leader in production of interchangeable lenses, having produced over 110 million EF lenses since 1987, it is with great excitement that we now introduce a revolutionary new technology to add to Canon's unequaled optical heritage when it comes to chromatic aberration correction," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We continually strive to achieve the ideal lens performance, which has driven the development of Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, found in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. This technology is yet another 'first' in optical design introduced by Canon to enhance the performance of our lenses for our customers."
Canon's proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics) incorporate a new organic optical material with unique anomalous dispersion characteristics for use in camera lenses. The molecular design of BR Optics refracts blue light (short wavelength spectrum) to a greater degree than other existing optical technologies including UD glass, Super UD glass and Fluorite, to control color fringing as effectively as possible. When placed between convex and concave lens elements made from conventional optical glass materials, BR Optics help to produce sharp images with outstanding contrast and color fidelity by thoroughly reducing axial chromatic aberration.
In addition to BR Optics, the new lens incorporates two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens also features Canon's proprietary Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), applied to the rear surface of the first and second aspheric lens elements to help combat flare and ghosting caused by light rays entering the lens at a large angle of incidence. The lens also offers best in class minimum focusing distance at 0.28m (approximately 11 inches) resulting in an increased maximum magnification of 0.21x - ideal for capturing close-up subjects. Autofocusing is swift and virtually silent due to a rear-focus optical system and Canon's original Ring USM focusing motor. Full-time mechanical manual focusing is also available even when the lens is set to AF mode.
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens features improved durability over its predecessor. As with all L-series lenses, this new lens is highly resistant to dust and water - making it ideal for outdoor photography, even in harsh conditions. The high-grade design of the lens provides users with a substantial and luxurious feel, as well as optimal operability. In addition, a fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces helps to repel liquids and dust particles, and makes the lens easier to clean.
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is compatible with 72mm filters and will be supplied with Lens Hood EW-77B and Lens Pouch LP1219. It is scheduled to be available in October 2015, for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00.