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Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

 
Proctorr
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Jun 06, 2008 06:28 |  #1

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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Jun 06, 2008 09:22 |  #2

yeah i would love to see some examples...


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Jun 06, 2008 09:51 |  #3

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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Jun 23, 2009 12:10 as a reply to photobitz's post |  #4

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....

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Jun 23, 2009 23:27 |  #5

Great colours! Seems quite sharp too compared to the 17-35L that (kind of) replaced it.


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Apr 25, 2010 04:43 |  #6

photobitz wrote in post #8163757 (external link)
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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May 27, 2010 18:01 as a reply to Bazz8's post |  #7

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:

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35mm, iso 500, f7.1:
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[IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com ...a_photography/45263​76912/] (external link)

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Morani
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Aug 01, 2010 18:02 |  #8

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

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4126/4847965976_fdbe63128c_b.jpg

5d+ 20-35 @ 20mm, iso 400 f8
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Aug 16, 2010 22:25 |  #9

On Film (Rebel 2000 - provia 160 iso & drugstore negative scan)

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Blacktail path by TheMcDowell's, on Flickr (external link)

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Mammoth! by TheMcDowell's, on Flickr (external link)

And on a 30D
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another creek brownie by TheMcDowell's, on Flickr (external link)

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niwooe
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Aug 21, 2010 12:30 |  #10

got myself a deal on the ancient Canon EF20-35mm f2.8L today, pretty sharp albeit the old age!

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Aug 28, 2010 10:49 |  #11

looks like I'll be the only one updating this thread ;)

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Aug 31, 2010 15:36 as a reply to niwooe's post |  #12

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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Sep 06, 2010 00:22 |  #13

cinemafia wrote in post #10824654external link
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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Sep 06, 2010 22:48 |  #14

photobitz wrote in post #10857227external link
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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niwooe
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Sep 07, 2010 12:00 |  #15

the MFD of this lens may be long but it's one heck of a lens!

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