Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM review

The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is the final word on EF-S mount macro lenses

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Canon’s original EF-S 60mm Macro lens for APS-C format SLRs was discontinued a while ago, making the newer 35mm the last EF-S Macro lens standing. As a sign of the mirrorless times, this one is also being phased out but there’s still some stock around if you look hard enough, and it makes a good second-hand buy. With an effective focal length of 56mm in full-frame terms, and a usefully wide aperture rating of f/2.8, it also works well as a ‘standard’ prime for general shooting.


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    Hybrid image stabilizer

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    Built-in LED light

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    Compact and lightweight


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    Not weather-sealed

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    No lens hood supplied

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    Mediocre narrow-aperture sharpness

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With an effective focal length of 56mm, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is arguably a little short for macro photography but fits well with Canon’s APS-C format DSLRs, for which it’s designed. Extreme close-up shooting benefits from hybrid image stabilization and a built-in LED Macro Lite, which is useful for both stills and video capture.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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