anka's not technical reviews
I have to admit that normally I'm not a big fan of wide angle.
But this is not the case. I loved Canon 35 1.4L lens at the first glance. This 35 mm lens is not only for landscapes and street photo. It serves perfectly for portraiture and fine art photo as well.
Initially I bought it for indoors shooting.
I think everyone knows this kind of feeling when you're shooting inside of a beautiful but tiny space desperately searching for a point of view and just can't manage to fit everything you want in. Oh that's so disappointing. Then you take out a kit lens, put it to a wide angle position, take a photo and feel like it came out too sharp and flat and boring.
With this particular lens the situation for me totally changed.
Using the aperture from 1.4 to 2.0 allows to separate the foreground from the background even in a small space. Even if your model is really close to the wall or other objects.
Here are some examples of indoor shots.
On the first picture Katya is about 50 cm far from the bookshelf.
On the 2nd one the space is quite big but I needed to capture all this beautiful interior and to underline the perspective and geometry that's why I used the 35 mm lens.
On the 3rd picture I had to climb high and actually had to stitch 2 images together to have all the stair in the frame. It was not possible with any other kind of lens.
After some practice with the lens I also discovered that it's really amazing in therms of taking portraits.
It allows you come really close so you can hear your model's breath.
There are many situations I love to portraiture with the wide angle only. When I'd like to underline beautiful big eyes or when a face comes out good only with wide angle. 35 mm surely distorts facial features a little bit but if you use it properly you can achieve a really impressive feeling of presence and closeness to your model.
Also I just love the lens for shooting from upper position.
When for instance you model is lying down in a middle of a flowering field and you got no stair to rise yourself higher then you are.
And the icing on the cake is the possibility to have as much picturesque background as possible when you shoot outdoors. You just do not need to crop that beautiful tree or those lovely houses in order to frame your image. You can have it all. :)
PS: Also it has amazing curly bokeh and soft natural colors.
Please note: All the examples given above are taken with open aperture and have color editing.
PS: All written above is just a result of my humble experience in a field of fine art and portrait photography and not pretending to be truth for other photographers and shooting conditions.
Stay tuned for the upcoming Nikon lens reviews :)