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5 reasons the 35mm is a great lens!

Previously I've talked about the 85mm and how much I love it these days, I even talked about the combo 85mm and 35 mm...

Do you need an 85mm lens? The 85mm f1.2L II & 35mm f1.4L II, the only Lenses you need?

So it was about time for me to be a little more specific about the 35mm.

We are talking 35mm on a full-frame body and more precisely the L version that can open at f1.4. It's a standard in the wide-angle lens family so I had to put my hands on it one day... it took me 6 years to actually have one in my hands long enough to test it and work with it.

So let's not waste your precious time:

1/ it's a Versatile lens! You can use it for anything... From portrait to landscapes, it is of course, amazing in tight spaces and awesome in the wild. I used it for sports, for fitness shoots, and Gymnastics shots and It didn't disappoint. You can get right Into the action, close but not too close!

Margot captured during a quick Bball shoot in Strasbourg

5d mark IV - 35mm F1.4L II 1/125 sec at f8 ISO200

2/ It's a secret to no one I love wide angles, and it's always nice to have more of the background included in your shot. You capture effectively your subject and its environment. This gives context especially when you stage your shots. If you are not a bokeh fanatic trying to compress and blur out your background in each one of your shots then this lens is for you.

My buddy Lyria Van Moer 5d mark IV - 35mm F1.4L II 1/200sec at f6.3 ISO200

Behind the scenes: Test, fail, learn, repeat!

The beautiful Claire Aves in London

5d mark IV - 35mm F1.4L II 1/640 sec at f3.5 ISO100

Behind the scenes: Prepare for the worst!

This leads to number 3, this one is for all you beginners out there. I've talked about this before and you've probably heard it a thousand times the 50mm is close to what the human eye perceives. So the 35mm is not that far away... If you wish to make your first steps in the wide-angle game the 35mm is perfect. It doesn’t push the background too far from your main subject, and it delivers images with minimal distortion!

The duo Lyria and Nhât

5d mark IV - 35mm F1.4L II 1/200 sec at f8 ISO250

Behind the scenes: Test, fail, learn, repeat!

4/ It’s a prime lens... and not any prime lens. The 35mm Mark II f1.4 focuses quite fast