Abbott’s review is not without criticism:
[the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is a] lens that left me a little underwhelmed. It is competent, but not exceptional. I can live with some of the basic flaws (vignette and distortion), but I didn’t find the images I took with the lens to show any particular “sparkle”.
Not all is bad, considering this is not a Canon L-tier lens:
It is the only reasonably priced native RF mount lens at the time of this review, and the focal length, aperture, and macro abilities make this a very versatile lens. It is highly functional and will get the job done in a lot of situations. For many users that will be enough, and I don’t want to discourage you away from the lens. But for those looking for something more exceptional in either build or performance, you might be better served looking elsewhere.
Dustin Abbott’s exhaustive review comes with a large set of test photos and sample pictures. For those more inclined to watch a review, the videos below with the full review might the right choice.
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM:
Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system: