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Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

Review Date: Jun 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Compact, sturdy build, USM motor.
None that come to mind.

In my opinion, the optical design (purpose) of wide-angle lenses - such as the Canon 20mm EF are seldom understood. As a result, some people label or write off the Canon 20mm EF as a 'lemon'.

Of course wide-angle lenses can be used as all-encompassing devices -to cram in as much scenery or visual information as possible but, that is to ignore the very purpose of wide-angle optical design.

The Canon EF 20mm (as with most wide-angle lenses) is designed to render near-objects with critical sharpness inviting the viewer to explore the image further.

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At f2.8, I find that the Canon 20mm EF renders wonderful bokeh with richly saturated colours and sharp foreground detail.

If used correctly, the Canon 20mm EF is an awesome tool in any photographers arsenal.