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Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens USA

You Pay: $539.00

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Offer ends: JAN 31 '15
Price after rebate: $489.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Aspherical and Super UD Elements
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Floating Rear Focusing System
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Metal Filter Ring and Lens Hood Mount
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • 72mm Filter Thread Diameter

The EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens from Canon is an ultra-wide-angle lens with a fast maximum aperture for full frame EF mount cameras. A floating rear focusing system gives sharp images at all subject distances and an ultrasonic motor (USM) enables fast, smooth and quiet autofocus. Full-time manual focus override allows for precise manual focus even when in AF mode. The minimum focus distance is 9.8". 

Sharp, high-contrast images and minimized aberrations result from the lens' optical construction which includes aspherical and Super UD lens elements. Canon's Super Spectra lens coating suppresses ghosting and flare by absorbing light that might otherwise reflect off the camera's sensor. A metal front barrel- including filter ring and lens hood mount- provides durability and a stable hold for those optional accessories.  

Ultra-wide-angle lens with diagonal angle of view of 94° for full frame EF mount DSLRs
Ultrasonic autofocus motor for precise, fast and quiet autofocus.
Manual Focus Override
9.8" minimum focus distance
Six-blade circular aperture
Performance
Focal Length 20mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 32 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 94°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.14x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.05 x 2.78" (77.5 x 70.6 mm)
Weight 14.29 oz (405 g)
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens
  • E-72 II 72mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 113 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (71)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (84)
    • Easily interchangeable (72)
    • Durable (56)
    • Lightweight (51)
    • Strong construction (51)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)
    • Poor in low light (7)
    • Slow focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (68)
    • Low light (34)
    • Night photography (32)
    • Weddings (32)
    • Video (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-professional (7), Professional (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (74), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than expected.

    Based on the mixed reviews I should have been somewhat dissapointed by this lens. Not at all. I gave up my Canon 17-40L lens to switch to this on and I have not...Read complete review

    Based on the mixed reviews I should have been somewhat dissapointed by this lens. Not at all. I gave up my Canon 17-40L lens to switch to this on and I have not regretted it at all. Although lacks the comfort of a zoom lens, the quality of picture will surpass the ones yielded by lenses twice as expensive as this one. The lens has the feel and quality similar to the 50 mm F1.4 one.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    great perspective, poor sharpness

    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"...Read complete review

    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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    5.0

    My new favorite lens

    By James

    from Fulton County, Georgia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction
    • USM

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

      This is becoming my new 'favorite' lens. First it's 2.8 so it's pretty fast. On my 7DMII, crop sensor it gives a little step back, which is great for architecture and landscapes. (90 degree field of view) Note: This is not a portrait lens, not for closeup people photography. This is also not an L-Series Lens, but that means the price is very reasonable compared to the L-Series. It DOES have something I love about Canon lenses more that that "L" it has USM, the ultra sonic motor. So focusing is quiet, and quick. The 'throw' from minimum focusing distance to infinity is very short. You can almost focus this lens on manual without even looking in the viewfinder.
      It's a terrific lens and I'm very happy with it.

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      5.0

      Great lens for the money

      By Simon

      from NY NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Video

        Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

        Very flexible and sharp - versatile, light and sturdy. we are using this for a special teaching video shot under hard circumnstances on location and hot and dusty environments.Gives excellent results!

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        4.0

        Good lens for the price

        By UDPride

        from Dayton OH

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

          This is a very good lens for the price. The equivalent L lens at 24mm is about $1000 more. If you dont want the additional wider aperture of the L lens and dont need the better build quality, this is a good alternative. Not quite as sharp as the L and I find the L shoots much better at 2.8. Still for under $[$], this is one of the best non-L lenses Canon makes. Id consider it an "L-Lite".

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          5.0

          Great lens!

          By Kristi

          from Charleston, SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

            I've read several reviews online about this lens and I have found no distortion or vignetting. It has been a great lens, not too heavy and super easy to use!

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            4.0

            Go Wide

            By butteryourbacon

            from Austin, Tx

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

              I was hesitant at first but am very glad I made this purchase. Finally I can capture everything I want in the frame without having to say, "I wish I had a wide angle lens." I really like the way the lens vignettes. Great for low light shots. Perfect for walking around town or taking a hike.

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              5.0

              Great

              By Davy B

              from Bartlett, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                I shoot this as a wide on 7D. With full frame one day, I'll review again. Right now I like the results I'm seeing. This lens is easy to use, gives consistent very good results, is sharp and I'm not seeing obvious distortion, CA etc. For me it's one of those underrated, but in fact great, lens that never cause trouble. The fact you shoot without thinking much about the lens (as is my case with this lens) is a good sign, if you're not a geek. You never get too much bokeh with this. I do not really have a strong opinion on the bokeh here, this isn't the type of lens to do it.

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                5.0

                Love it

                By Photoadele

                from NJ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                  Back when I shot on my Nikon FM I had a 20mm f2.8 lens and I loved it. Used it for street photography all the time. When I bought Canon, I held off getting a similar lens and now I'm very happy that I did. Great color, I like vignetting and works great on my 7D and Mark 5D III.

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                  5.0

                  Bokanada

                  By Bokanada

                  from Guadalupe

                  Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                  Good lens the canon 20mm

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By sfcsmitha

                  from St. Albans, VT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                    This is my first wide angle lens and I love it. I can be close to something and still get it all in the shoot. Before I was backing up forever. I took this picture I posted with this lens and I was very close to the truck not having to back away from it.

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                    5.0

                    Wide loving!

                    By Apollosviper

                    from Colorado

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                      I use this mainly for landscapes, street photography, and astrophotography. Its lightweight, has a good and quick auto focus, is good value for the price.
                      From my preliminary test shots I think that is very sharp in the center of the images, and not as sharp in the corners. I need to play with it some more and I'll be doing some night photography with it soon. I did use some ND filters with it and was pleased with the outcome. I will also slap on my IR filter and give that a test.
                      If I had a more money I would of bought the 16-35mm lens, but that is way out of my price range!
                      Overall, so far, I like this lens and it suits my purposes. I would recommend it to others.

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                      5.0

                      Canon Super Wide Angle EF 20mm f/2.8Lens

                      By Photo RonJon

                      from Waynesboro, VA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • None yet

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                      Excellent little lens for the money. Very light and has a wide-enough angle to capture close-up sports team shots unique to my designs. I have not had a lot of time in the field with this lens as of yet to thoroughly detail any high and low points. However, for the test shots I have taken, it captures very well for what I intend to use it for.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect lens for cropped sensor

                      By steveofoto1

                      from Minneapolis, MN

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                        Canon's superlative quality, extremely nice wide angle lens (about 32mm on a 1.6x sensor). Bright to the edges.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again and again

                        By Arthur Rosa

                        from Fortaleza, Brazil

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                          Lovely lens! Sharp even wide open, very wide attached in a FF body, not heavy, AF is fast... I love it!

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                          4.0

                          I would buy this product again and again

                          By Arthur Rosa

                          from Fortaleza, Brazil

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                            Lovely lens! Sharp even wide open, very wide attached in a FF body, not heavy, AF is fast... I love it!

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                            5.0

                            Great Wide Angle Lens!!

                            By Rodrigo Citrin Fotografia

                            from Brazil

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                              Great for indoor shooting on weddings and events. Also provide nice pictures on outdoor sceneries.

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                              4.0

                              Canon 20mm f2.8 USM wide angle lens

                              By RevPro

                              from San Jose, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                                Been using the super old Canon 17-35mm 2.8. The 20mm is so much sharper edge to edge, costs less and weighs less, too. Great lens for the money.

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                                4.0

                                Quality Lens - Takes some getting used

                                By Am. Photographer

                                from Olympia, WA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                                This is a great lense for amatuer and semi-pro photographers looking to enhance their shooting ability and broaden their lens set. It is light and small, making it very portable. The color is pretty solid, although vignetting will appear at lower F-stops. The Ultra-Wide angle makes for some really fascinating shots, but definitely took some getting used to after only having used a 50-85mm prior to purchasing this lens.

                                I use on a Rebel T1i.

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                                4.0

                                Solid Wide Angle

                                By donjphoto

                                from Portland, OR

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                                Reasonably good image quality. The corner i.q. does fall off a bit. It helps to stop down. I wish it were an "L" series though.

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                                5.0

                                Nice for the price

                                By tupatupa

                                from Jordan

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                                  Its very good for night photography. Its also good for landscape.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Wide Angle Prime Lense.

                                  By RCBNJ1

                                  from Jersey

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Solid feel
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Lens Flare
                                  • Poor in Low Light
                                  • Vignette

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Architecture
                                  • Landscape
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Nyc
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                                  This is a great cost effective wide angle prime. Yes I know there's an L series lense that can do it better with a lower F. With this lense you get what you pay for a good solid construction, good glass and a manual focus override, which is a huge plus when walking around the city. If your stepping up from a kit lense or looking to add something different to your quiver this is a great choice.

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