Featuring a customisable control ring for making exposure changes, the RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM also has a new optical design. "With DSLR design, any lens with a focal length wider than 40mm has to have a retro-focus design," says Mike. "The optical design is the inverse of EF lenses, with the largest lens element of the RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM at the rear. Coupled with the larger RF lens mount, this means light hits the sensor straighter and allows the quality at the corners of the image to be improved, with less distortion such as chromatic aberrations and light fall-off. Plus, you can get super close with a half-size magnification, which is ideal for capturing spider webs or dew."
For landscape photographers looking for a lightweight, affordable 35mm prime lens using the EF mount, Mike suggests the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, which features four-stops of image stabilisation, a fast f/2 maximum aperture for shooting when the light starts to drop and a short 0.24m minimum focusing distance for close-up focusing. "The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is a lovely little lens – compact and lightweight, yet still offering high performance," explains Mike. "This is one of my go-to lenses, its flexibility makes it the ideal travel lens to capture urban or conventional landscapes."