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Canon FD 20-35mm f/3.5 L

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FD 20-35mm f/3.5 L

Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Manufacturer's Description:

"This is an upgrade of the FD24-35mm f/3.5L (released in February 1978), which was a popular high-end zoom lens. Through the effective use of aspherical optical systems, an ultra-wide angle of 20mm has been achieved while maintaining image quality equivalent to a single lens.

By making the surface of the first lens element aspherical, the various aberrations such as distortion occurring with a wider angle of the zoom lens can be corrected. Furthermore, the use of a movable flare stopper for cutting unnecessary incident light flux that reduces image quality by linking with the movement of the optical system and a floating mechanism for reducing aberration resulting from shooting distance provide uniform brightness, high contrast and a high degree of expression."
03/09/2019 - 5:45 pm

I am currently sitting with my second copy of this classic lens next to me, recently re-bought. The 20-35 was a mainstay of my photography with a Canon T90 in the late 90's to mid 2000s (along with the FD 28-85, 50/1.4 & 135/2). The range is so handy on a film SLR taking the place of a 24, 28 & 24.

The quality is very good for an early 80's lens with such an extreme wide view and can be said to compete with some of the primes available at the time it was introduced - for example it's better than the Tamron SP 17mm or 24-48 lenses I've tried. That said the quality isn't perfect with some corner shading and a slightly muddy rendition when compared to later lenses.

Finally, its not nearly as good as the later EF 16-35L f/2.8 which I traded up to in the mid 2000s, and that's a lens few would regard as a great performer now. However, If you like to play round with film cameras in the Canon FD mount this lens is a great choice.

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