Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
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awesome stepping stone into landscape photography
3 August 2012
Summary: awesome wide-angle lens for its price. although the product has been discontinued by canon, it still offers fantastic image capabilities and have been my favorite so far when taking landscape photographs. its quick to focus,and quiet with the USM.
Conclusion: In today's world of rotating front lens elements, plastic lens mounts, buzzy-cheap micro-motor focusing and overall kit lens quality products.....what a refreshing thing to pick this lens up and feel some actual build quality in an inexpensive lens!
Pros: Build Quality USM Motor - Full Time Manual Override Internal Focusing Distance Scale Sharpness
Cons: Huge Lens Hood Not Much Zoom Range Not Super Wide
Conclusion: I just bought this little lens off ebay for a great price. I have noticed so poor reviews here but at the price I thought I would give it a try. Some of the observations made by others are quite correct and I found from my initial test that the images tend to lack a little contrast straight from the...
Pros: Lightweight, quick and accurate USM focusing, price.
Cons: Images a little flat and lacking in contrast but easily trewwkable in PS
Summary: The main problem with this lens is the speed, or the lack thereof. Compared to the EF 20/2.8, it's only a half stop slower but compared to the EF 35/2, it's one and a half stops slower. While this is not a big deal if you're shooting outside, you have a problem in low light environments.
Conclusion: A used version of this lens sat for a number of months at a local camera shop. I was itching for a wide and couldn't disagree with its very low price, even for a used wide zoom. Even though it's range is limited by today's new lens offerings, it does fit a niche.
Pros: Affordable as candy on the used market; very light; compact; durable for its cost;
Cons: Soft in corners; CA a bit esp. at 20mm; most of its results need post boosting to sharpening, color, contrast
Conclusion: For the price, this lens is a nice addition to the non-professionl's arsenal. It offers wide coverage at a reasonable price. I find myself using a flash with this lens frequently while indoors, but it performs wonderfully.
Pros: Size, metal mount, zoom range.
Cons: If the aperture was slightly faster, this lens would be perfect.
Conclusion: Overall i was not that impressed with this lens. Images do need some processing in PS to get the most out of them. I also hate the MF ring on this lens. BTW if your thinking of getting this for your 1.6x DSLR...32-56mm is not a very good range for most people. Id only recomend it for FF cameras.
Conclusion: Got this lens to replace a Sigma 20/1.8, which I would never use above f5.6 - this lens at 20mm beats it easily. At f8 it's very sharp over most of the field, a bit soft in the corners with the 1.3x crop factor.
Pros: Small, light, contrasty and sharp, USM
Cons: Some Chromatic Aberration, some purple fringing in the corners on the 1Dm2. Reasonably sharp at the edges, but not brilliant. Small aperture.
Summary: I use this lens at work every day, and in general it's a very good lens. The optics are sharp, and the focus, athough not fast, is not something to complain about. The only problem I have is that for $400 for a 20-35mm lens that's f/3.5 is a little pricey in my view.
Conclusion: I bought this lens to take the place of my 17-40L. I upgraded my tripod and ballhead and so the 17-40 had to go to help pay for it. I tested this lens against my 17-40 and found it to be almost as sharp, but not as contrasty. The 17-40L images had better color and contrast.