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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 6
6.0

Not the best

MountainPacker, Adorama
2 January 2013
  • Excerpt: Images have a purple cast and are a little soft at all apertures. Save your money until you can buy the 17-40 instead, you'll get sharper images.
  • Cons: color cast, Semi-sharp images
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

Not the best

MountainPacker, Canon
2 January 2013
  • Conclusion: Images have a purple cast and are a little soft at all apertures. Save your money until you can buy the 17-40 instead, you'll get sharper images.
  • Cons: Semi-sharp images, color cast
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Overall 6
6.0

No pleasant surprises, just as expected

CK, B&H Photo
12 December 2012
  • Excerpt: The price is right for the quality, I guess. Kinda wishing I had just continued saving up for some L glass.
  • Pros: Good value
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Images are not too sharp

Ladera Bob, B&H Photo
5 April 2012
  • Excerpt: Landscape shots, group people.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 6
6.0

great perspective, poor sharpness

CB, B&H Photo
14 June 2011
  • Excerpt: I agree with other comments on the web about the lack of sharpness in this lens - certainly compared to the other Canon lenses I own. My one has a slightly "grabby" focus ring, but it is not really a problem in practise. To be fair though, it is relatively inexpensive, gives a great wide-angle frame and has a suprisingly close minimum focus distance. It also matches the other Canon EF lenses for colour and tonality. I just wish it was crisper overall.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not Great, but better than the alternatives.

FotoDuo, Adorama
25 June 2009
  • Excerpt: Vignettes badly at f2.8 and f4. Corners not sharp at all at f2.8 and f4. Good central sharpness at f4, f5.6 and f8. Corners ok at f5.6, slightly better at f8. Nice modeling effect and bokeh quality at f5.6 and f8. Looks worse at f11 and smaller stops - diffraction? Distortion is much less than any of the zoom alternatives. Color rendition and contrast are good at f5.6 and f8. Not a good reputation, so very inexpensive second-hand.
  • Pros: inexpensive for this focal length
  • Cons: poor corner quality
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 8
8.0

Not Great, but better than the alternatives.

FotoDuo, Canon
25 June 2009
  • Conclusion: Vignettes badly at f2.8 and f4. Corners not sharp at all at f2.8 and f4. Good central sharpness at f4, f5.6 and f8. Corners ok at f5.6, slightly better at f8. Nice modeling effect and bokeh quality at f5.6 and f8. Looks worse at f11 and smaller stops - diffraction? Distortion is much less than any of the zoom alternatives. Color rendition and contrast are good at f5.6 and f8. Not a good reputation, so very inexpensive second-hand.
  • Pros: inexpensive for this focal length
  • Cons: poor corner quality
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Overall 6
6.0

Great for outdoor and bright light, not so good inside

Kyle Biggs, Amazon
19 May 2008
  • Summary: I recently upgraded to a full frame camera and needed to replace my Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (That lens is designed for APS-C sensors, and was useless on the 5D). I figured that with a 1.6x crop factor, my old 10-20 should be equivalent to this 20mm. I am a real estate photographer and videographer. When I'm doing outdoor pictures, this lens can get the job done.
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Overall 6
6.0

disappointing, especially for a fixed lens

Neurasthenic "neurasthenic", Amazon
19 May 2008
  • Summary: This is one of the first two lenses I bought when I switched to a Canon SLR about five years ago. I've had plenty of opportunity to use it since then, both with film and (full frame) digital. The idea behind this lens is a good one -- 20mm is wide enough to allow for landscape and architectural photos, and it focuses close enough for entertaining photos of people's faces, taken about a foot away from their noses (note that you'll need either a ring light or lucky ambient...
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Overall 6
6.0

inexpensive ultra wide angle lens

JL the world traveler, Adorama
5 February 2007
  • Excerpt: The lens is ultra wide angle with affordable price.
  • Pros: Easily Accessible Controls, Easily Mounted
  • Cons: Glass Not Sharp
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