We reported late last year that the Chinese Canon clone-maker Yongnuo was planning to launch a new 35mm f/2 lens for Canon EF cameras. The lens has now arrived.
Yongnuo says the lens is the first Chinese-made wide-angle autofocus prime lens for Canon DSLRs. Unlike its previous Canon lenses, this latest one isn’t a near identical copy of Canon’s version.
It has a minimum focusing distance of 0.8 feet, a 52mm filter thread, autofocus and manual focus modes, a 7-blade circular aperture, a durable metal lens mount, electronics for communicating EXIF data to the camera, multi-coating for anti-ghosting and anti-flare, and gold-plated metal contacts.
Like Yongnuo’s other Canon lenses, this new 35mm f/2 brings huge cost savings and is geared toward thrifty photographers who want to add a particular focal length without breaking the bank. While Canon’s 35mm f/2 lens costs $549, you can pick up the Yongnuo 35mm f/2 from Amazon and eBay for around $116 to $122.
P.S. We also reported last year that Yongnuo is planning to launch Nikon clone lenses by the end of this year.