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CanonEF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens
 
4.5

(based on 120 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (73)

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    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (87)
  • Easily interchangeable (76)
  • Durable (60)
  • Lightweight (54)
  • Consistent output (53)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Heavy (8)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (73)
  • Low light (35)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Night photography (33)
  • Video (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (31), Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-professional (7), Professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79), 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great, Underrated lens!

By Alexander

from Huntington Beach, CA

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Looks Great Stopped Down
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Vignetting But Fixable

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Weddings/Events

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

There are a lot of bad reviews about this lens. It does have it's flaws, but overall it is great wide angle lens for the price. I was in the market for as wide of a lens as I could find around the $500 price mark. And this what I took a risk after reading multiple bad reviews.

It has really harsh vignetting to it. Mainly more wide open aperatures. Although this is fixable in post pretty easily. It also soft on the edges any stop lower than f/3.5.

Overall, would definitely recommend as a good wide, stopped down option. I've used it for weddings, landscape and general use when need of a wide and have great images come out of it paired with a 6D and 5Diii.

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4.0

Useful lense

By Bt

from New Jersey

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

i personally shoot on a Canon 60D which is jot a full frame canera. The 20mm lets me get far back to pacture my surroundings without worring I may be missing something due to the crop sensor

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5.0

Wonderful lens

By William of Midtown

from NYC

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video

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

Using it mostly for video. Wide field of view, no no visible distortion. The edges wrap around when you pan, but this looks nice.

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(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Soft Edges

By Nika

from Arizona

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

Extremely soft on edges, will return. Blow up image to 100% and you will see that edges are terrible. Used on Canon 5D MarkIII and tripod with cable release.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent lens as a back up.

By Chauder

from Westminster, CA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

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

This lens is great as a wide and with an aperture going as low as 2.8 is amazing, however, when in low light and shooting at that low of an aperture, there will be a vignetting around your photos. Please be aware of that feature.

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5.0

EF 20mm f/2.8 great buy!

By David Guerrieri Photgraphy

from Queens, NY

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I absolutely love this lense. It is just wide enough that it doesn't distort my image quality, yet is very versatile. I use it for landscape shots around NYC and have already printed multiple images. I saw alot of reviews saying that this lense distorts the corners and creates a silhouette effect on the edges, but hey, I quite like that! It works when you have that mindset in mind, takes away from post work. For the price it is a very good buy, even though there is no IS, use this lense in daylight or on a tripod at darker hours and you will get great results.

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2.0

A disappointment

By AEK photographer

from New York, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I must agree with many of the others: the lens has a good feel, good handling of perspective, but there's significant vignetting and soft focus, even when placed on a tripod with remote shutter. I returned it to B&H after one week (my kudos to B&H for their courteous handling of returns).

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite lens

By James

from Fulton County, Georgia

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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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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens for the money

    By Simon

    from NY NY

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    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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good lens for the price

      By UDPride

      from Dayton OH

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      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

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        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

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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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            5.0

            Great

            By Davy B

            from Bartlett, IL

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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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it

              By Photoadele

              from NJ

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              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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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome lens

                By sfcsmitha

                from St. Albans, VT

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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

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                  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

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                    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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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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