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7.7 out of 10

Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

Ultra-wide-angle lens for serious applications. Easy to hold and Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

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Overall 4
4.0

High expectations but was disappointed

Octavio Davila, Amazon
29 December 2013
  • Summary: I was really excited for this lens and I couldn't wait to use it for a family function. I don't consider myself a professional photographer but i am constantly using my DSLR and taking pictures but I was very disappointed with this lens, I am sending it back immediately. The pictures were to soft at f/2.8, they started getting sharper at f/4.0. I'm using the money I get back to buy the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. But overall, i recommend you don't get this lens.
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 10
10

Skip it

Denver Bryan, Canon
22 January 2013
  • Conclusion: I've had this lens for several years. The images are soft at all apertures. There's a color cast. There's massive vignetting, though PIC removes it pretty well. You'd be better served to save your money for the 17-40 zoom.
  • Cons: Semi-sharp images, color cast, intense vignetting
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Overall 4
4.0

Skip it

Denver Bryan, Adorama
22 January 2013
  • Excerpt: I've had this lens for several years. The images are soft at all apertures. There's a color cast. There's massive vignetting, though PIC removes it pretty well. You'd be better served to save your money for the 17-40 zoom.
  • Cons: color cast, intense vignetting, Semi-sharp images
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

Awful resolution

Luigi, Canon
20 February 2011
  • Conclusion: I' ve used it for few days. Resolution on 5d mark 2 is horrible. Very fast the usm autofocus.
  • Pros: Fast auto-focus
  • Cons: Semi-sharp images
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Overall 4
4.0

Awful resolution

Adorama
20 February 2011
  • Excerpt: I' ve used it for few days. Resolution on 5d mark 2 is horrible. Very fast the usm autofocus.
  • Pros: Fast auto-focus
  • Cons: Semi-sharp images
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Overall 4
4.0

Not that great

Luke, Adorama
7 June 2010
  • Excerpt: This lens has significant vignetting issues. The color output is also questionable. Some of these things can be corrected in PS, but if you're serious save and get better glass. The lens felt solid and the build quality was good, but it just does not deliver the image quality you'd expect from Canon.
  • Pros: Strong Construction
  • Cons: Vignetting
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Overall 4
4.0

bad lens

Miami Photographer, Amazon
11 August 2009
  • Summary: I used it to shoot from an elevated angle. The result were disappointing.....I paid $[...] but I don't think it is even worth more than $[...] to tell you the truth. The colors are lifeless, "burnt-out". There are no details on the images. You can see the samples on my site: [...] Look for the huge house with the red roof. You will see what I am talking about. Normally, I use the 17-40 L on my elevated system.
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Overall 4
4.0

Overpriced and underperformed

SJhiker, Amazon
31 December 2007
  • Summary: I wanted a 20mm prime to use for night shooting, so I thought I'd give this one a try. I chose poorly. Returned it the same day. Still on the hunt for a good prime night long exposure performer. This lens was really soft around the edges (even on my 40D with a 1.6x FOVCF). Although I don't need a fast focusing lens for night use, this lens still focused slowly during its day use. It's grossly overpriced. Should be only $299 at most.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not recommended

M. Broderick "mikebinok", Amazon
13 May 2007
  • Summary: The lens is okay on a 1.6 crop factor digital camera, but it isn't particularly wide-angle then (32mm field of view). I hear that it is okay on a film camera, but I have no experience. On a full-frame digital camera, it stinks....Digital cameras can be affected by the angle a lens causes light to hit the sensor, and it seems to make a difference here. The lens produces smudged, blurry images on my full-frame camera.
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0

User Review

rpcrowe, Photography Review
3 September 2005
  • Summary: I bought this lens to get a bit wider than The 28-135mm IS which was my first lens for the new 10D. I liked the reasonable size and that I could share the 72mm filters with the 28-135IS. I am not happy with the sharpness of this lens at any f/stop and will not use it at all wide open. I don't know if this is a bad copy or not but since I don't have a warranty to return it to Canon; I will soon E-bay it off.
  • Pros: Low used price. I like the size and weight. I can share filters with my 28-135mm IS. I like the focal length.
  • Cons: This lens is not as sharp as I expect from a prime and is not as sharp as the 17-40L that I replaced it with.
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