Yongnuo YN35mm F2S DF DSM review

The Yongnuo YN35mm F2S DF DSM is a joy on both full-frame and APS-C format Canon, Nikon and Sony mirrorless cameras

Yongnuo YN35mm F2S DF DSM
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is the third Yongnuo prime lens for mirrorless cameras that we’ve reviewed, and we’ve been very impressed with all of them. Build quality feels solid and handling is refined, with the added attraction of a customizable function button. Image quality is very good in all respects, making the YN35mm an excellent choice for full-frame street photography and any time you need a moderately wide viewing angle coupled with the availability of a fairly fast f/2 aperture. It works equally well as a ‘standard prime’ with APS-C format Canon EOS R, Nikon Z and Sony E system cameras. It’s also great value at the price.


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    Impressive image quality

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    Good build and handling

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    Great value for money


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    No aperture control ring

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    Mediocre narrow-aperture sharpness

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    Poor autofocus unless firmware is updated

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The Yongnuo YN35mm F2S DF DSM is one of a growing range of lenses from a company best known for its flashguns, triggers and photographic accessories. Like the Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8 DF DSM and Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 DF DSM, the 35mm comes in both Sony E and Nikon Z mounts. The 35mm and 85mm are also available in Canon RF mount. In terms of design and construction, the 35mm is very similar to the other two ‘YN’ lenses, but has a moderately wide viewing angle on full-frame cameras and a slightly slower aperture rating that helps keep the size and weight down.


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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! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.