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Canon EF 35mm f/2

Review Date: Apr 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: light and sharp throughout.
Some may complain about the auto-focus noise, but it does bother me.

I use this lense with the 5D, and I cannot see any softness at the edges. Being a keen landscape photographer, I often resort to MF, but sometimes AF - noise is not an issue for me.

What's important to me is the fact that it's a prime and primes are notoriously better than zooms, which this lense has proved to me time after time. Traditionally, Canon did not include a hood - good ol' Canon. They haven't the heart to change. Something tells me, however, that the L version is not going to give me much more at four times the price, but you get a free hood for the extra cost.

I am happy, very happy.

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Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

Review Date: Mar 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Super price, light and fast
No hood supplied, typical of Canon

I was a little nervous purchasing this lense. The reviews were very mixed, and so decided to take the plunge and experiment myself.

I tested it for sharpness with my 5D and a chessboard. Chesssboards are ideal (vertical and horizontal lines; wood grain etc).

The lense is sharp throughout the range which pleased me greatly.

In the field, the lense is amazing. I am very, very happy with the results, and thankfully there's no need to look at L glass. I wanted a prime, as opposed to a zoom, for sharpness and detail, colour and contrast; and it delivers. It is prone to flare but that is controllable and can be desirable depending on what effect one is after.

As regards to the mixed reviews, I can only assume that there are bad copies on market, but is that uncommon? I can't say I would ever award 10/10 to Canon for excellent quality control. The reality check is this: if you are unfortunate enough to end up with a bad copy, take the issue up with the supplier and/or Canon. My copy rocks but then I was lucky, probably several times lucky, given the number of primes and zooms I own.

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