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.