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Old 6th of June 2008 (Fri)   #1
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Default Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

I haven't seen one in the sticky of the lens archives, so will this be the start of it?

I have one waiting for me to use, but I haven't used it yet. The Canon rep said it was a true hidden gem.
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Old 6th of June 2008 (Fri)   #2
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Default Re: 20-35 F2.8L Archive

yeah i would love to see some examples...
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Default Re: 20-35 F2.8L Archive

It was supposed to be pretty good except it uses the old style AFD autofocus motor so noisy, slow and no FTM
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Default Re: Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

I had this lens for a few months while contemplating a 2.8 UWA zoom. Basically it was cheap enough I could keep it AND the 17-40 -vs- a 16-35I. It's a great lens, rock solid and nice and compact (but not light). I loved it, but ultimately I needed both wide (for lanscapes) and fast (for inside baby shots) so I had to upgrade. but if 20mm is wide enough for you and the AF noise doesn't bug you it's one hell of a lens....





and a size comparison:
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Old 23rd of June 2009 (Tue)   #5
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Default Re: Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

Great colours! Seems quite sharp too compared to the 17-35L that (kind of) replaced it.
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Old 25th of April 2010 (Sun)   #6
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Great colours! Seems quite sharp too compared to the 17-35L that (kind of) replaced it.
Old old thread but having only today tested the difference between my 20-35 2.8L and the new for me 17-40 f4.0 L while doing some hospital waiting, I was parked near a clmn anD decided to check the difference between the 2 lenses. the 20-35 is sharper colour etc not sure checK for yourself I was also shooting through a dirty windscreen s and both shots are available light on my 1DMK3 hand held.
1668 :20-35 f2.8L
1669: 17-40 f4L
My solution keep both paid $1200 for the 20-35 over 10 yrs ago and as a carry round lens it,s great
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Old 27th of May 2010 (Thu)   #7
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Default Re: Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

I've rented the 16-35L II for gigs several times and I love it, but like many, I couldn't afford to own it just yet. So, I bought the cheapest alternative, the 20-35L. I would say the color and sharpness are equal. Of course, with the 16-35L II you get 4mm wider view, USM, FTM, weather-sealing and a much closer MFD (that's the only thing that really bugs me!).

And, just to add to the thread, here's a couple random examples from very different settings (both were shot on my 1D MkII):

20mm, iso 160, f3.2:


35mm, iso 500, f7.1:
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Default Re: Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

I bought this lens last week...
I think that this 20 years old lens is still quite good in terms of sharpness and overall IQ



5d+ 20-35 @ 20mm, iso 400 f8
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Old 16th of August 2010 (Mon)   #9
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On Film (Rebel 2000 - provia 160 iso & drugstore negative scan)

Blacktail path by TheMcDowell's, on Flickr


Mammoth! by TheMcDowell's, on Flickr

And on a 30D
another creek brownie by TheMcDowell's, on Flickr


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Old 21st of August 2010 (Sat)   #10
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got myself a deal on the ancient Canon EF20-35mm f2.8L today, pretty sharp albeit the old age!





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Old 28th of August 2010 (Sat)   #11
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looks like I'll be the only one updating this thread

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Default Re: Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

I ended up selling mine because I didn't like how long the MFD was, bought a 20mm f2.8 USM instead (which has half the MFD).
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I ended up selling mine because I didn't like how long the MFD was, bought a 20mm f2.8 USM instead (which has half the MFD).
Yeah, the 20/2.8USM is so underrated. I don't think it has the great colour reproduction that the 20-35 seems to have though.
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Yeah, the 20/2.8USM is so underrated. I don't think it has the great colour reproduction that the 20-35 seems to have though.
I dunno, so far I can't really tell the difference. Heck, even if I could, I'd still stick with the 20mm USM.
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the MFD of this lens may be long but it's one heck of a lens!

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