Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L vs EF 35mm f/1.4L II Comparison

Here is a quick review and comparison for the CanonEF 35mm f/1.4L vs EF 35mm f/1.4L II wide-angle prime lenses for full-frame Canon DSLRs.

To see the difference between Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L vs EF 35mm f/1.4L II lenses we have put together Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L vs EF 35mm f/1.4L II vs 35mm f/2 IS specs comparison table below.

The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM ($1,799 – Amazon |B&H | Adorama) wide-angle prime lens is the world’s first lens to boast the company’s exclusive Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics technology. It features a total of 14 elements, two of which are aspherical and the other being ‘Super UD’.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L ($1,099 – Amazon | B&H | Adorama) features 11 elements in 9 groups with a filter size of 72mm.

Specifications Comparison of Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L vs EF 35mm f/1.4L II Lenses


Here’s the MTF chart comparison between the old and new lenses.

 Features 35/1.4 L II 35/1.4 L 35mm f/2 IS
Filter Threads 72mm 72mm 67mm
Filter Threads plastic Metal plastic
Barrel Plastic Metal and plastic Plastic
Autofocus motor USM USM USM
Instant Manual Override? Yes Yes Yes
Maximum Repro Ratio 1:4.76 1:5.5
Diaphragm 9 blades 8 blades 8 blades
f/minimum f/22 f/22 f/22
Length 105.5mm 86mm 63mm
Diameter 80.4mm 79mm 78mm
Weight “26.8 oz. 760g” “20.5 oz. 582 g” “11.9 oz. 336 g”


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