DxOMark has just tested the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens (Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Adorama), from the test result, the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens is one of the best 35mm wide-angle prime lens in the world. See the score below:
EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM versus Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM versus Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM versus Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 versus Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A
With the introduction of high-resolution bodies such as the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R, with their ability to highlight lens flaws, it comes as little surprise to see Canon roll out new versions of some of the older models in their line-up. The original 35mm f/1.4 wasn’t a bad performer, but it was beginning to show its age. The new model greatly surpasses the original in several key areas. It is generally sharper, but it’s the improvement in geometry and uniformity that really impresses. Not only does it have low field curvature and astigmatism, but Canon has also dramatically lowered lateral chromatic aberration, with the overall effect of greatly improving imaging performance in the outer field (where the older model was weak). The new Canon even outperforms the highly-regarded Sigma for uniformity at wider apertures — however, the Sigma remains much more accessible. At $1799, the Canon certainly isn’t cheap, but over the long term it should prove to be a good value.