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Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens
     

    Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens

    Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

    Item #: CAN-EF20USM   •   MFG #: 2509A003

     

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    Ultra-wide-angle lens for serious applications. Easy to hold and carry at 14.3 oz. (405g). Floating rear focusing system. Sharp images are obtained at all subject distances.

     
    • Features

      • Ultra wide-angle lens
      • Easy to hold and carry at 14.3 oz. (405g)
      • Floating rear focusing system
      • 11 elements in 9 groups
       
    • Specifications

      • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 20mm 1:2.8
      • Lens Construction 11 elements in 9 groups
      • Diagonal Angle of View 94 Degrees
      • Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system with USM
      • Closest Focusing Distance 0.25m / 0.8 ft.
      • Filter Size 72mm
       
     

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    CANON U.S.A., INC.Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens
     
    3.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    69%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Superior build quality (4)
    • Fast auto-focus (3)

    Cons

    • Semi-sharp images (3)

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value

    This was a great value for what i wanted. I started using it on my rebel XT, because it was 2.8 and a really wide angle. I don't really buy many EF-S lens...Read complete review

    This was a great value for what i wanted. I started using it on my rebel XT, because it was 2.8 and a really wide angle. I don't really buy many EF-S lens because I knew I would eventually move to full frame. The images are really nice and sharp with good contrast. I didn't notice any Vignetting until I did move to a full frame 5D mark II. Bringing the aperture up a few stops controls this only draw back. (and of course fixing it in post) This really is a nice lens and I would highly recommend to any one looking for a sharp, fast, wide angle EF lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Great, but better than the alternatives.

    Vignettes badly at f2.8 and f4. Corners not sharp at all at f2.8 and f4. Good central sharpness at f4, f5.6 and f8. Corners ok at f5.6, slightly better at f8. Nice...Read complete review

    Vignettes badly at f2.8 and f4. Corners not sharp at all at f2.8 and f4. Good central sharpness at f4, f5.6 and f8. Corners ok at f5.6, slightly better at f8. Nice modeling effect and bokeh quality at f5.6 and f8. Looks worse at f11 and smaller stops - diffraction? Distortion is much less than any of the zoom alternatives. Color rendition and contrast are good at f5.6 and f8. Not a good reputation, so very inexpensive second-hand. For extreme-wa shots at f5.6 or f8 it does the job, better to have than have not.

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    5.0

    Perfect Real Estate Lens

    By TomInJax

    from Jacksonville, FL

    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

    I played around with wide and ultra-wide lenses over the years. The best lens for a full frame camera that I have found is this 20mm lens. It seems to be wide without exhibiting extreme distortion. The nice part if the field curvature works well taking photos of small rooms. The plane of focus at the sides are closer than in the middle, thereby making the walls more in focus at each side of the frame. The sharpness is overkill for real estate photos. It is a shame that photographers do so much work to properly light the room, set the camera perfectly level on a tripod for maximum sharpness, and the listing services compress and soften the pictures on the web. Full screen photos on a large monitor are almost flawless! I am sure that the corners may be a bit soft in a 6 by 4 foot enlargement, but that isn't the way that real estate photos are shown. Focus is accurate, sharpness is wonderful (if you know how to use it), and f2.8 is fast enough for interiors without have to add tons of light. Here is a tip to photograph interiors: If you can replace the light bulbs (lamps) in each room's light fixtures, temporarily change the lamps to daylight LED lighting. I use 60, 75, and 100 watt equivalent lamps. You can also use supplemental lighting with some well placed strobes too. Remember to set your light balance to daylight. This helps when using a natural amount of HDR to show the view through windows in the room as your eye perceives it. if you shoot real estate photography and want to save yourself a bunch of time, get this lens!

     
    4.0

    Good lens for serious amateur

    By Cris

    from Middle Tennessee

    Pros

    • Superior build quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

        Short and simple. This lens is does exactly what I expected it to do - take great photos. One can get a balanced impression and make a judgment about this lens by reading all the reviews. It is made for the serious amateur, maybe not for the pro. I have owned my Canon 20mm for about three years, and have produced clear, sharp, award-winning photos. My interests are landscape contests and stock photos. I don't need to push my lenses like a pro. I use it with a 40D.

         
        5.0

        Fast and Wide

        By MakroMan

        from Washington DC

        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

        This is a very sharp lens. It quickly became my favorite for panoramic shoots and steadycam fly through. It allows for amazing flexibility because of its small size and fast aperture.

         
        5.0

        nice lens

        By east coast

        from New Yprk, NY

        Pros

        • Build Quality
        • Light Weight
        • Sharp

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

            I purchased this lens used (1 month old )and was a little cautious about it's value.Took some pictures and was very pleased.Having other wide angle Len's to compare with 24-105,24-85 and17-40 I can say this 20mm lens is as good or better tan most of the other lens.I like the build quality and how light it is and it is very sharp.My 5D mark 3 helps with it's lens correction.

            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Skip it

            By Denver Bryan

            from Denver, CO

            Pros

              Cons

              • color cast
              • intense vignetting
              • Semi-sharp images

              Best Uses

                Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                I've had this lens for several years. The images are soft at all apertures. There's a color cast. There's massive vignetting, though PIC removes it pretty well. You'd be better served to save your money for the 17-40 zoom.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not the best

                By MountainPacker

                from Denver, CO

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • color cast
                  • Semi-sharp images

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                    Images have a purple cast and are a little soft at all apertures. Save your money until you can buy the 17-40 instead, you'll get sharper images.

                    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A great lens!

                    By =CB=

                    from Florida swampland

                    Pros

                    • Fast auto-focus
                    • Superior build quality

                    Cons

                    • a little big and heavy for a 20mm

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                      I've had the EF 20mm/2.8 for about four years. Can't be happier with it, except maybe I'd like a smaller, lighter version. You just can't have it all. The performance is very good. Edge sharpness, on film or digital full frame, shows some softness wide open, but it crisps up very well by f/4.0. Focusing is fast and exact. I keep a filter on mine always, no signs of additional vignetting caused by the addition of a full thickness filter. The front does not rotate - polarization filters are not a hassle. Corner darkening does exist, but also cleans up in the middle apertures. I like this lens, I shoot with it quite a bit. More than the medium length lenses, I tend to shoot wide mostly. I currently use two EF 28mm lenses (2.8 and 1.8), a EF 24mm-105mmL, and this EF 20mm/2.8 for my wide angle lenses. For bodies I've got an A2e and Rebel-Xs for film, and a 5d-mk ii and Rebel XTi for digital. I am an avid amateur, but do shoot the occasional wedding and products commercially. Wish all the Canon lenses came with their respective hoods!

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Panned by the press, So what?

                      By Canonfodder

                      from Coconut Creek (SE) FL

                      Pros

                      • Excellent close ups
                      • Great DOF
                      • light weight/small
                      • Very sharp

                      Cons

                      • can't stack filters
                      • falloff/vignetting

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                        Have had this lens since the mid 1990's when the street price was high. Yes there is corner falloff and vignetting in a 5D MKll, so what shoot around those limitations and you have one fine lens. Stacking filters is not a good idea. I get tack sharp results very fast autofocus, great low light performance and you can stick it in someones face and get a nice shot that isn't so exagerated that it looks comic book. Takes great close ups with great depth of field. I recommend that anyone who has difficulty first try the autofocus lens compensation on the 5DMKll and see if that helps. I have used this on three other APS Canons also several film EOS's(remember film) with equally nice results You also may want to use the 10-22 ES for even better results..

                        (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Lens Quality

                        By ktiepark

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                        Reading previous reviews about this lens, I was very timid to purchase this lens, but I needed a wide angle lens and this was in my price range. The auto-focus is a little slow in low light [but most lens are] and the crispness of an image at f2.8 takes a little more effort, but overall I think it gets the job done, takes wonderful landscape photographs, and for this price, I don't think you can get anything better. Yes, this lens creates some vignetting stopped all the way open, but it is an ultra-wide wide angled lens, almost fisheye so there's obviously going to be a little. There is also some distortion depending on your area of focus, but again at 20mm, it's almost a fisheye. The distortion is easily correct in photoshop, and like I said earlier depending on your composition and subject matter, most won't even notice. Overall I think its a great purchase for the ultra-wide angle, price, and quality. Like any lens, it has it's problem areas, and any knowledgable photographer can work their way around it. Like I said earlier, I love love love using this to shoot landscapes. It can capture so much information, and the color and detail it captures make this lens worth it for me. Seriously, you'll be shocked with how much information you can squeeze into one frame with this camera. I use it with the 5D Mark II - which I feel you would need a full frame camera to really make the most out of this lens.

                        (13 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Awful resolution

                        By Luigi

                        from Undisclosed

                        Pros

                        • Fast auto-focus

                        Cons

                        • Semi-sharp images

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about CANON U.S.A., INC. Canon 2509A003 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens:

                          I' ve used it for few days. Resolution on 5d mark 2 is horrible. Very fast the usm autofocus.

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