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Dec 22, 2012 00:27 |  #181

Just curious what you find to be lacking in the kit lens? (Except for the build quality of course) I've always heard good things about the image quality from that little thing.

Personally, if you know that 17mm is going to be wide enough for you then I would give a serious look at the 17-55mm EF-S lens. I was highly impressed with the quality from it when I had my 7D still, and I would gladly buy it again if I had a crop body and still used zoom lenses. You could also consider the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 as well, I hear it's a very good option in addition to the Canon.

Regardless, it sounds like the 20mm f/2.8 isn't the lens for you right now, sorry mate!


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Dec 22, 2012 00:35 |  #182

Finally got some shooting time in. Here's a few from me, all on my 5DmkII. I like to get in close with this lens, that's the best way to shoot it.

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Dec 22, 2012 14:45 |  #183

agphotography wrote in post #15395674 (external link)
Just curious what you find to be lacking in the kit lens? (Except for the build quality of course) I've always heard good things about the image quality from that little thing.

Regardless, it sounds like the 20mm f/2.8 isn't the lens for you right now, sorry mate!

It's more a Quality thing than Build Quality. I got the 18-55mm for $50, So that compared to a $359 50mm 1.4 or a $700 17-40mm L is just incomparable. The 18-55mm just lacks Sharpness and Contrast compared to the other Lenses i have. I was thinking the 17-55mm too but i want to go Full frame next year so i'm going to skip that lens.


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Dec 29, 2012 00:42 |  #184

Here's one from yesterday. Blending was a little rough. I'll try again another time :D

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Dec 30, 2012 18:24 |  #185

Another one, shot today with an unexpected twist in the weather.

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Jan 08, 2013 19:38 |  #186

I just picked up this one. It's a fun lens, and it gets a bad rap. So far it's serving my UWA duties. It's plenty sharp in the center wide open. I'll have to wait till I have some landscape opportunities to play with it stopped down.

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Jan 14, 2013 12:15 as a reply to  @ drPheta's post |  #187

Nice lens, borrowed it for this shot only

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Feb 22, 2013 21:45 |  #188

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Mar 02, 2013 23:41 |  #189

I saw this lens pop up on Craigslist for $300. I'm considering making an offer. What do you think?

Right now my widest lens is a zoom that goes out to 28mm. It's on full frame. Any reason not to go for this 20mm?

The idea appeals to me because it goes to a bigger aperture than the 17-40 and costs a heck of a lot less than 16-35.

I'm pretty ambivalent about prime vs. zoom in this case, just want something that can get wider shots when I need it without breaking the bank.


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Mar 03, 2013 00:44 as a reply to  @ dmnelson's post |  #190

I'm really considering this lens, I'm taking a peek through the past few photos and they look phenomenal.

anybody have any problems with CA with this lens?
my 18-55 is awful, i'd like to get some sharp wide landscapes that wouldn't hurt my wallet


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Mar 03, 2013 01:49 |  #191

I still think this is a highly underrated lens. It's not a "top 10" performer if you like to study charts and graphs but in the real world I find it to be more than acceptable on a full frame camera. Occasionally there is some smearing in the corners that looks a bit ugly but overall it's a great lens and I'm still perfectly happy with mine. I never really liked my old 17-40 and while I did really like my 16-35 mk I this 20mm meets my UWA needs just fine. Definitely not as good as the Zeiss 21mm I used to own, but then again, this has autofocus.

I don't think it's the best idea to buy this lens for crop sensor cameras though. I've said it multiple times that you're just not getting much of a wide angle. You need to go much wider for a true wide effect on APS-C something like 14mm to get this effective focal length.


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Mar 03, 2013 02:39 as a reply to  @ agphotography's post |  #192

I like my EF 20mm on my 5D MkIII. I think the reason why most people don't like the EF 20mm is because it does not test well in a chart. I think the Canon 20mm is one of the only lenses they make with IFC "Intelligent Field Curvature, which means the best surface to focus on is not flat. They made it so real world objects (not flat stuff like a test chart) will be in focus. The 20mm curves the focus plane so objects that are away from the center are focused better if they are close to the camera.


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Mar 03, 2013 11:18 |  #193

Ken Rockwell talked about that but nowhere else could I find documentation on IFC. Have you found any other info from Canon?


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Apr 09, 2013 09:43 as a reply to  @ agphotography's post |  #194

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Apr 15, 2013 15:37 |  #195

agphotography wrote in post #15671677 (external link)
Ken Rockwell talked about that but nowhere else could I find documentation on IFC. Have you found any other info from Canon?

I too have been unable to find anything on this other than that sourced from Mr Rockwell's review. I have searched the various Canon web sites as well as done Google searches.

I contacted Canon USA service/support and asked them.
They declined (understandably) to comment on remarks made on third party web sites and say they do not have any information on whether the plane of focus is deliberately curved.

If it is and is the reason why this lens does not fair well in many reviews, one would have thought that Canon would have publicized this.




  
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