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Yongnuo 35mm F/2 Coming Soon, and It’s Not an Exact Canon Clone

By Anthony Thurston on January 4th 2015

Here is an interesting twist in this whole Yongnuo/Canon lens clone thing. A new report posted late yesterday indicates that Yongnuo will soon be releasing a ‘new’ 35mm F/2 lens, optically a clone for Canon’s old non-USM 35mm F/2.


But the interesting part is the body of the lens. It seems that Yongnuo, rather than clone the original 35mm F/2 style, have, in fact, opted to stick it in what looks to be the exact same case as the 50mm F/1.8. The biggest difference between the two lens cases on the Canon side was that on the 35mm, the focus ring was more towards the middle of the lens barrel, while on the 50mm it was at the very front of the lens.


This adds a new level of intrigue to the new clone lenses, because it means that Yongnuo is comfortable – or at least willing – to change things up to better fit their needs. They already cloned the 50mm F/1.8 case, so since the 35mm F/2 would fit in the same one, why not tweak the 35mm design a bit so it can use the same case as the 50mm?

It will be interesting to see how this new 35mm, whenever it becomes available, holds up in the manual focusing department in comparison to the Canon 35mm f/2. At the rate Yongnuo is cloning these lenses, I wonder how long until they have the entire last generation of Canon primes on the market for pennies on the dollar… and as we now know, Nikon is next.

[via Photo Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Jesper Ek

    I like this!

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  2. Stephen Jennings

    I bought a Yongnuo speedlight once.. it lasted 1.5 portrait sessions before burning up and dying. So being the smart fella I am, I bought a second.. because hey, it’s cheap, and crap happens. It lasted 3 portrait sessions before burning up and dying. So, personally, I’ll be staying away from anything produced by this company.

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    • William Emmett

      I’ve been using Yongnuo 565 Ex II flashes for about 3 years. I’ve also used their triggers, and have never had a failure. I use them every day I’m in the field, at full power with my Tamron SP 150-600mm with a flash concentrate device with Fresnel lens. I also use them for portraits, but not above 1/4, to 1/2 power.

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  3. William Emmett

    Another new product from Yongnuo. Yongnuo has now cloned the Canon 2X Teleconverter. It will be nice to see what Yongnuo has in its bag of tricks. I’ll be interested in this product. It will drop the lenses aperture by two stops, which is what the Canon does. Of course the Yongnuo will be much less expensive than the Canon.
    See for the specifics.

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    • Phil Bautista

      They actually have the 2nd version out now (around 140 bucks) and the Mark III is available for pre-order (around 190 bucks). Just sharing.

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  4. Jim Johnson

    What the heck was that chart all about?

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  5. Arnold Ziffel

    I’ll watch this progression, but there’s nothing there yet that would make me want to feed the beast. Now if Samyang however should start putting AF on some of their optics…..

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  6. William Emmett

    I’m not interested in either the 50mm, nor the 35mm primes, once Yongnuo starts “cloning” zooms, especially in the range of the 70-200mm, there will be some Canon resistance. It would be amazing to see a Yongnuo super telephoto that would compete with the Canon 100-400, or Tamron 150-600mm level with high image quality, at a price of about $500.00.

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    • robert s

      I think youre jumping way too ahead. a zoom is a much more complicated lens to make.

      100-400 for $500? will never happen.

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    • Phil Bautista

      I’d think a 100-400 for $500 is easily designed and quite plausible to manufacture on a commercial basis given how many lenses are out there right now that surpass that in reach. Most of what makes the Canon version expensive lies in the quality of the lenses and the sturdy metal build. Replace the metal parts with plastic and you could shave a third to half the cost off right there. Even if they manage to match the quality of the optics, they can still shave off several hundred bucks because they don’t have as big an R&D budget as Canon does. The reason why they’ve chosen to focus on the commercial primes of Canon is because they’re easier to replicate but at a lower cost but if they go after the L glass, their will be substantial differences due to the quality of the materials used.

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  7. Brandon Dewey

    interesting, but not for me.

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