Canon New FD 20-35mm f/3.5 L
9.3
9.5
9.4

Canon New FD 20-35mm f/3.5 L

Year 1984
Lens Groups 11
Lens Element 11
Aperature Blades 6
Minimum Aperture f/22
Closest Focusing 0.5 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:12 (0.083x)
Filter Size 72 mm
Diameter x Length 76.5 x 84.2 mm
Weight 470 gr (1.04 lb)
Hood BW-72
2017-02-09

NIbarr

IQ
9.0
Build
9.5
9.2
Surprisingly fast zoom, covers UWA and Wide Angle lenses, sharpness, affordable L
Noticable distortion below 24mm

This is a surprisingly great zoom for its price.

The 20-35 is pretty fast considering it's age. 3.5 is only almost half a stop slower than 2.8 and challenges the 20 2.8 for sharpness. It also covers a pretty large range from the longer Ultra Wide Angle at 20mms to the longest wide at 35mm. It is also quite an affordable L lens for those who care about the red ring. Expect it somewhere between 350-450 buy it now or starting bid.

It does have noticeable distortion below 24mm, even in practical use. Wall-ceiling edges can have a noticeable moustache curve near the top and bottom.

This is a great L Zoom that is on par with the 80-200 F4L and greatly compliments it.

2015-07-16

RBloggs

IQ
9.0
Build
9.5
9.2
Compact, useful zoom range, sharp and contrasty
Moustache distortion at 20mm

This is an excellent lens -- well worth what it costs these days. I use it on a Sony A7, where it shines. I use it mostly when I need a 20mm lens, but it's handy to have the other wide angle choices. I have not compared it directly to the Canon FDn 20mm prime, but people who have usually say the Canon FDn 20-35mm f/3.5 L is better; I can believe it.rnrnThe lens is compact, sturdy, and well balanced on the camera. The lens hood is very shallow (which it has to be). rnrnAt 20mm it suffers from a noticeable "moustache" distortion, which eases up at 24mm through 35mm. Correcting for this distortion on film may well be impossible. However, I created some custom profiles in Lightroom 5, and they work great. rnrnIf you need something wider on a full frame digital camera, I highly recommend this lens.

2014-12-09

Guest

IQ
9.5
Build
9.5
9.5
Sharpness, colors, built quality. Weight is acceptable
Good infinity focus requests closing the diaphragm.

Excellent manual wide angle lens. Gives very detailed images. rnFlare can be a problem. Distortion and CA can be corrected in software. rnParticularly useful for landscape shooters.

2014-01-09

Guest

IQ
9.5
Build
9.5
9.5
Superb optics
none

The best supper wide L zoom made. A1 IQ and handling. never a problem!

2009-10-27

rjc

IQ
9.0
Build
9.0
9.0
Great color,
Infinity Focus need to be stopped down, CA

This lens was part of my travel kit, great for wide angle and ultra wide angle shooting. The colors produced by this lens were great, but found CA at the wider focal lengths, infinity focus was off and images were not sharp until F8, but not a problem as I normally used this lens for landscape at shot at F11.

2009-09-24

Guest

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
Now THAT 's a lens!! Fantastic performer
Should focus more closely.

This lens was expensive when I bought it seven years ago. € 1300 in a local photo shop.

I took it out to get a look through it, and the viewfinder image was so rich in colour and contrasty that I bought the lens without a second thought.

This is one of my absolute favourite lenses and I always take it with me when I travel. The 20 - 35 mm range may not seem much, but in fact it's nice.

On a zoom you don't get hyperfocal setting marks. I looked them up on a DOF calculator and memorized them.

The closest setting of this lens is 60 cm, and on a 20mm prime it is about 30cm. This is a drawback, as I like to do wide angle close ups. However, at F22 the DOF set at 60 cm is 30cm from the back of the camera to infinity.

Before this lens I had an FD 20mm F2.8. At night, I had a lot of ghost images (flare). This zoom seems to have no flare at all.

Dirk Dom.