Lens Review: Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens for Canon DSLRs

Last week I picked up this great Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens for my Canon DSLR. It’s available on Amazon for only $90.98 so it was an easy choice to add to my collection. The Chinese-made lens came recommended by a number of professional photographers, including my friend Mary who uses it for all of her newborn shoots with amazing results, so I had no hesitations to spend the money on it. It packs a lot of punch for the price!

It’s a prime (fixed focal length) lens for a Canon EF mount EOS camera, like my Rebel T3i. It has a maximum aperture of 2 and a minimum aperture of 22 with a focal distance of 0.8 feet. It features auto focus and can also be used as a manual focus lens.

I have a couple of kit lenses for my camera – an 18-55mm and a 55-250mm lens – both of which have high f-stops, meaning you cannot open them up real wide to let a lot of light in. This makes getting good shots in low light difficult without a flash, which I just don’t prefer the look of. I do have a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens which lets a lot of light in and is perfect for low light situations, however, on my crop sensor camera, it’s more like an 85mm lens and I find that I cannot get enough of my subject in the frame because the focal distance is too long … hence the addition of a shorter lens, the Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens.

I’ve had the Yongnuo on my camera for the last week or so and have been very pleased with the results I’ve gotten. It’s wide enough that I can shoot indoors and get a lot of what I want in the frame. I’ve also used it as a portrait lens with good results and to shoot some blog photography as well. Here’s my first shot with it:

Settings were f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO 100. This lens has a very shallow depth of field at f/2, which is nice and it gives good bokeh at that aperture.

Here’s a compilation of images I shot of my older daughter Hannah with the lens:

Here are a few blog images I shot:

Overall, after playing with the lens for a few weeks, I’m very impressed with it and its capabilities. It does what I need it to do and while it certainly isn’t a quiet lens and doesn’t focus as smooth as Canon glass does, I think for the price, it’s a win. If you have the money, I’d definitely go with the 35mm Canon f/2 lens, but if you don’t have $549 to spend, the Yongnuo is a good alternative.




  • Tabitha Shakespeare

    This lens looks awesome! You took some great photos with it!

    • Jen

      Thank you, I’m loving it for the price and the results!