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Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

ef20_35mm
Review Date: Sep 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, small, metal body, quite fast focus for a non-USM lens, same filter size as several other prime L lenses
Cons:
Lens is a bit prone to flare, even with hood; minimum focus distance could be shorter (it's only 50cm, vs 28cm of the newer wide angle zooms)

My 20-35mm f2.8L is more than 20 years old but I must say I find it better than the 16-35mm f2.8L Mark II that I had and sold. It's sharper at all focal distances at f2.8 and that was the main point for me, with the 16-35 producing unacceptable soft and blurry corners.

Also the 20-35 is smaller and I find that an advantage while travelling (it's not an issue while working).

Filter size matches a few Canon L primes I use: 35L, 135L and 200L use 72mm filters.

Minimum focus distance is quite long (50cm), I wish it was shorter, but that's not a serious issue.

Focus is fast and accurate, even with an old arc form drive system, on one shot mode and on servo mode, tracking objects. Maybe a tad bit slower than the 16-35, but only a bit. Motor is noisy but it's fast, and that's what matters.

Lens is prone to flare when harsh lights are in scene, the hood doesn't solve this problem, but I'm living with it. The 16-35 was much more better dealing with flare.

I understand it's an old lens and if anything breaks Canon will not provide service nor parts. But it is such a good performer that I am willing to take the risk: the 16-35 is going away, money is going in, and photos are sharper! So it's a winner for me.

(I use it on a 5Dii and on a 40D)