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Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

ef20_35mm
Review Date: Jan 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great for what it does in the 20-35mm range. An oldie but a goodie. Solid construction, especially the barrel, which is all metal. Feels like a tin can with glass on the ends.
Cons:
Doesn't go wider than 20mm, which is especially limiting on digital with the 1.6x crop factor. No USM means a little slower focus and a bit noisier than the newer models. However, the motor sounds far more refined and subdued than the "robotic arm" whine of the 50mm 1.8 Mk. I.

Excellent at the current secondary market price. A keeper in case future "budget" digital bodies start employing a full size sensor trickled down from the 1Ds (hopefully sooner rather than later). In that case, a "real" 20mm should be adequate for most photographers' need. Sharpness, color and contrast still in L glass league, and barrel distortion is actually on par if not better than the newer offerings. I'd go for this at the relatively slight premium over the consumer grade 20-35mm USM.