Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens

Canon has launched the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM a successor to the favoured lens of many Canon photojournalists

The new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is the first lens to include Canon’s a Blue Spectrum Refractive optics (BR optics). BR Optics uses an engineered organic optical material that is part of a compound glass element in the lens to produce sharper images with reduced chromatic aberration. The lens also includes Canon Subwavelength Structure Coating to improve contrast and minimise flare and ghosting. The price for the new lens is, like many recently updated Canon lenses, significantly higher than the model it replaces at £1799. There’s not long to save until the lens starts shipping in October.


Canon develops new camera-lens optical element that enables exceptionally high levels of chromatic aberration correction

BR optics construction

Composite lens employing the BR optical element

Canon BR optics raw material

Cross section of the BR lens and the raw material used to make the BR optical element (organic optical material)


Canon Inc. today announced that it has developed a new Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optical element for use in camera lenses that corrects for chromatic aberrations at an exceptionally high level to make possible superior imaging performance.

The new Canon-developed BR optical element offers characteristics that significantly refract blue light, which lies within the short-wavelength range, to achieve impressive levels of chromatic aberration correction for outstanding imaging performance. The BR optical element, sandwiched between two glass lens elements to create a BR lens, will make its debut in the new EF35mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle fixed-focal-length lens, which is scheduled to go on sale in October 2015.

Natural light, or white light, comprises a spectrum of wavelengths, or colors, each of which realizes a unique refractive index when passing through a lens. As all colors do not converge on the same point, this disparity causes chromatic aberrations, or color fringing, to occur in an image.

Canon develops optical elements by reviewing organic optical materials, beginning with the design of molecular structures, with the aim of achieving optimal chromatic aberration correction that suppresses color fringing. With the successful development of the BR optical element, which offers unique light-dispersion characteristics that significantly refract blue light—a wavelength that, until now, had proven particularly difficult to converge to a specific focal point—Canon is able to develop lenses that make possible outstanding imaging performance by correcting for chromatic aberrations at an exceptionally high level.

Source: Canon Inc.



Canon UK press release

A modern classic for reportage – the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 27 August 2015 – Canon today introduces the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, a new wide angle L-series lens designed for professional photographers wanting to capture their world with a natural perspective. The successor to the legendary EF 35mm f/1.4L USM, the lens is the world’s first to feature Canon’s newly developed Blue Spectrum Refractive optics (BR optics) – ensuring sensational image quality across a diverse range of scenes – from news and sports scenes to weddings.

Canon EF 35mm f1.4L II USM lens

EF 35mm f1.4L II USM


The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM has been crafted following feedback from Canon’s community of professional photographers and includes a range of advanced optical technologies to deliver the outstanding image quality professionals expect from a Canon L-series lens. The lens is the first to include BR optics, a new pioneering Canon-developed lens technology featuring an organic optical material, which has been engineered at a molecular level to help significantly reduce chromatic aberration and produce sharper images – via its ability to refract blue light. The BR Optic is integrated into a compound element in the lens. Together with Canon’s high performance lens coatings, including Subwavelength Structure Coating, the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM delivers results with improved contrast and minimal flare and ghosting.

Natural, reportage-style images for professional photographers

Perfect for capturing images with a documentary feel, using its wide 35mm fixed focal length, the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is the ultimate choice for photojournalists, sports and wedding photographers alike. With its wide-angle view photographers can shoot subjects in their natural habitat within the context of their environment, and without distortion. To create shots with beautiful background blur and standout portraits, the fast f/1.4, nine blade aperture can be used to control depth of field, as well as enabling photographers to continue shooting as light levels start to fade.

For a rapid response to scenes unfolding in front of your eyes, the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM features a ring-type ultrasonic motor to drive the extremely quick and near silent autofocus. A full time manual focusing ring allows you to make fine, real-time adjustments, whether shooting stills or movies.

Flagship L-series design and build

Designed to withstand challenging shooting environments and prolonged use, the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM boasts the iconic design and build DNA associated with Canon’s flagship L-series lenses. Advanced weather sealing and fluorine coatings help protect the lens against adverse weather conditions and the robust body ensures durability.

EF 35mm f1.4L II USM


EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM key benefits:

  • A wide-angle view with a natural perspective
  • Superb low-light performance and depth of field control
  • Sets new standards in image quality
  • Focuses quickly and discreetly
  • Keep shooting even in tough conditions

Pricing and availability (UK)

The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM will be available from October 2015 with an RRP of £1799.99 / €2499.99