Was looking for RF 35mmf1.8 when I came across Canon EF 35mmf1.4 MKI in good condition for less than 300 EUR.
Knowing that I want it as carry everywhere lens, and I willl be mostly shooting my kids in parks and malls, which one would you recommenf ?
Unless it's winter nobody here goes to parks in daytime when temperatures get around 50 degrees celcius. Life is rather nocturnal,
The RF 35 F/1.8, no 2 doubts.
The EF 35L Mk I is not all that great, if you ask me, it is one of 3 L-lenses I owned and tested I never really liked, and I wasn't convinced by its sharpness and rendering either. Not so great in darker environments either, IME, which is what you'd want to use an F/1.4 lens for from, say F/1.4 to F/2.8.
I must say here that I never really liked the 35 mm FL either, I could not really work with it, I did not see it, and I have tried and owned many over the years, from 1973 onwards. That changed completely, however, with the RF F/1.8 version, which I got because of a good deal a few years ago, and I wanted to give it a try because of its close focusing abilities.. I never looked back. It is a delight to shoot, it is light, it focuses very close, and its IQ stands up to the EF 35L II, only a teensy fraction less sharp than the 35L II when stopped down.
It currently is my 'standard' lens on the EOS R, the lens I have always mounted unless i need a different perspective. Highly recommended, in my book anyway.
HTH, kind regards, WIm
Gear: Canon EOS R with 3 primes and 2 zooms, 4 EF-R adapters, Canon EOS 5 (analog), 9 Canon EF primes, a lone Canon EF zoom, 2 extenders, 2 converters, tubes; Olympus OM-D 1 Mk II & Pen F with 12 primes, 6 zooms, and 3 Metabones EF-MFT adapters ....