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CanonEF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens
 
4.6

(based on 112 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (83)
  • Easily interchangeable (72)
  • Durable (56)
  • Strong construction (51)
  • Consistent output (49)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (8)
  • Heavy (7)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (68)
  • Weddings (33)
  • Low light (32)
  • Night photography (31)
  • Video (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (35), Pro photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-professional (7), Professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72), Yes (7)

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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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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      • No

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      4.0

      Go Wide

      By butteryourbacon

      from Austin, Tx

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      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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        • No

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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

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            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

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                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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                  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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                    • No

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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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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        • No

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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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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Quality Lens - Takes some getting used

                          By Am. Photographer

                          from Olympia, WA

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                          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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                            • No

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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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                            • Yes

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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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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            COOL

                            By M.Arons

                            from Latvia

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            cool Landscape Lens

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