Comparison: Canon 35mm f1.4 L II vs Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f1.4 L II vs Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art Product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.0

Go back to 2012: Sigma announced a brand new 35mm lens that would help to launch the company’s new Global Vision program. That Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens would go on to win award after award after award and make Canon’s then aging 35mm f1.4 L look seriously antiquated. Since then, Canon has had three years to respond; but in truth they had almost 20 years to put out a new version.

Earlier this year, we got that response. The company put out their 35mm f1.4 L II: an update to the previous lens that includes new optical coatings, weather sealing, and a new exterior.

But how do the two stand up next to each other?

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The Canon 35mm f1.4 L II Features a Blue Refractive Lens Element


Canon originally introduced their 35mm f1.4 L in the late 90s–and today we finally get its replacement. The Canon 35mm f1.4 L II USM is the company’s latest update to their lineup of EF mount lenses and this time around, the lens is weather sealed, though Canon suggests using a UV filter to fully complete the sealing.

It also features a new lens construction that we find very interesting. The Canon 35mm f1.4 L II USM incorporates what are known as BR lens optics. They’re designed to refract blue light and reduce chromatic aberration and other problems. While some companies try to do this through coatings, Canon has opted for a whole new lens element designed to tackle this issue.

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