Canon 35mm 1.8 Rumors

If you’re a Canon shooter in search of a small fast normal prime for your APS-C camera, you might want to hold out a while. According to Canon Rumors, “A source is nearly positive Canon will be releasing this  for Photokina.” We’ll be at Photokina in Germany in September, and if the rumors are true, we’ll be there to get our hands on the lens and hopefully take some sample pictures for you.

There’s plenty of demand, debate, and discussion going on as to whether Canon even needs this lens in their lineup. Canon has a recent history of playing catchup to Nikon and others in the lens department, whether it be stabilized superzooms (18-200 VR vs 18-200 IS), pro caliber normal zooms for APS-C (17-55 2.8 vs 17-55 IS), high quality consumer zooms (16-85VR vs 15-85 IS), and now, a fast normal prime.

Nikon 35mm 1.8 © Nikon Inc

To be sure, there are other options, as outlined is this earlier post on 50mm options. If the lens is and EF-S, we question whether 35mm is a good choice, as it translates into a 56mm equivalent field of view. This is a touch long than the “normal” view of which is actually 43mm. We think 30-32mm would be more in order for Canon 1.6x DSLRs.

The above mentioned page from Canon Rumors also makes mention of a replacement for the 70-300 IS, but we question whether that makes much sense. After all, it’s a proven lens with good results at a good price. But if they can improve on it easily, then why not?

With Nikon, Sigma, and now Sony (below) with normal primes for APS-C cameras, it only makes sense for Canon to join the party.

Sony 35mm 1.8 © DPReview

If the rumors are true, and we hope they are, the only question remaining is whether to replace our Sigma 30mm 1.4 for a new Canon? Until the lens is released and tests are done, the jury is out…but we have high expectations and high hopes.

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  • Marlon

    I would love a 35mm prime for my Canon 5DII. I’ve been holding out for a while waiting to see what’s being announced. Would love an updated version of the consumer lens to try out… if not, I’ll get the 1.4. I just hope they don’t make an EF-S 35… that would infuriate me.

  • The A-Team


    Surely, an EF version would be more versatile than an EF-S version (if a little bigger and possibly not optimized for crop cameras) I’d love to see an f/1.8 version of this lens (in the same league as the 28 1.8/50 1.4/85 1.8/100 2.0/etc.) Even a new f/2 would be great, especially if it retains is small and light form factor. Let’s hope a rumor of a new lens in this category is true anyways!

  • Richard

    Why not just make it an EF-S 30mm 1.4 USM. I’m still waiting for the next EF-S prime and hopefully this is it.

  • The A-Team

    Because a 35 1.8 would be within reach of more of the market. However personally I agree that a 1.4 would be more attractive for my own purposes.

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