Canon launches image stabilised EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens

The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is the company's first 35mm prime lens to offer optical Image Stabilizer technology to improve image sharpness and minimise handshake

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Released at the same time as Canon's new 24-70mm f/4L IS USM standard zoom, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is Canon's latest fixed focal length prime lens. Marking new ground, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is Canon's first-ever 35mm prime to feature optical Image Stabilizer technology and provides the ability to capture everything from close-up portraits to wide-angle landscapes, making it well suited for travel, documentary and wedding photography.

The bright, fixed f/2 aperture allows photographers to employ a shallow depth of field, and the optical IS offers users a 4-stop light advantage, allowing the capture of blur-free images in low light conditions when shooting handheld.

Intelligent detection of panning motion is also supported, with Panning IS mode automatically engaged to enable photographers to capture movement with greater accuracy.

The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features an aspherical glass-moulded (GMo) element positioned at the rear of the optical path to correct aberration for the entire optical system. Additionally, each individual element features optimised Super Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare and to ensure excellent colour balance with minimal need for post processing.

A combination of a ring-type USM and high performance CPU also provides rapid AF performance, with full-time manual focus also available for users who want to retain maximum control.

Just like the 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM will be available from December and will cost £799.

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