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Old 29th of September 2006 (Fri)   #1
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Default Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

Hey all,

In case anyone is looking at this lens, here are a couple images from mine (picked it up today):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lmitch/256073859/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lmitch/256073827/
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Old 30th of September 2006 (Sat)   #2
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Default Re: Canon 20mm f/2.8 Samples

I used to have this lens for a short period and sold it as I already have the Tokina 12-24. A few people knocked this lens for its IQ but I found it to be pretty good and 20mm is plenty wide.

Here's a almost portrair shot

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Default Re: Canon 20mm f/2.8 Samples

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I used to have this lens for a short period and sold it as I already have the Tokina 12-24. A few people knocked this lens for its IQ but I found it to be pretty good and 20mm is plenty wide.

Here's a almost portrair shot

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Dang, wish I could have found a test subject like that! So far, I think it'll fall under the category of underrated lenses. I find my copy to be plenty sharp and a good performer!
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do you find the f/2.8 limiting?
or do you use it only in good lighting?
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I don't do a lot of low light shooting, but I was tinkering around with it last night in my living room, which is lit by one lamp. At f/2.8, a bump in ISO seemed prudent to get a good shutter speed. So, depending on the light levels on is shooting under, it isnt' that limiting.
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do you find the f/2.8 limiting?
or do you use it only in good lighting?
personally i'd have a hard time buying an f2.8 prime unless it was an unusual length like, say, 15mm.

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personally i'd have a hard time buying an f2.8 prime unless it was an unusual length like, say, 15mm.

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My thoughts as well. For me, the point of a prime is that extra speed.
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My thoughts as well. For me, the point of a prime is that extra speed.
an exception is if you shoot mostly or only with primes, which i believe the OP does.

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an exception is if you shoot mostly or only with primes, which i believe the OP does.

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That's me. I only shoot primes. I started with them 20-odd years ago, and do my best work with them. Now, I'm not anti-zoom, but I do prefer the smaller size and lighter weight of a prime to a zoom of comparable image quality. Another thing is that my shooting doesn't necessitate having every focal length, 20mm to 85mm is my 'zone' so to say.
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I wonder how the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 compares. It's more than stop faster... I'd really appreciate the speed.

I love the 20mm focal length... it'd be useful both on a 1.6x and 1.3x crop body for me =)
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I dunno about the Sigma. I looked at some reviews on Fred Miranda and it seems kind of hit or miss. I don't trust reviews much though, I like to try things out for myself before making a judgement. One recurring thing I see on that one is the 82mm filter diameter, those filters are kinda pricey!
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I dunno about the Sigma. I looked at some reviews on Fred Miranda and it seems kind of hit or miss. I don't trust reviews much though, I like to try things out for myself before making a judgement. One recurring thing I see on that one is the 82mm filter diameter, those filters are kinda pricey!

But then what filters do you need. UV for protection for those who crawl through rose bushes. A polarizer will work in far too funky a manner to be much more than a special effects filter. What other filters do people use anymore?

I would like to try the Sigmas myself from everything I have read wide open it is a soft focus lens and so wide open helps with focus then you stop down to 2.8 or so for a sharp pic. I agree that reviews are to be held with caution. The 20 Canon seems to get slagged a lot as well. The photos above and by the OP look fine over the web at least.
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Well, I'm 'old school' I guess, in that I still use filters quite a bit. A polarizer of course, and I keep a set of ND filters. The only filters I've dropped since my film days are colored filters for Black & White photography. I know a lot of people use photoshop for filter effects these days, but I shot film for much longer than digital, so 'old habits die hard', so to speak.
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Damn, that 20mm makes her breasts look HUGE!
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