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    Oh, missed two of your points.

    Do I use it a lot? Quite a bit. I sold my 20-35 and got a 17-35. That is probably pretty informative.

    Can it go to 11x14? If you get a good one, yes, and particularly if you use a tripod and shoot at middle apertures. I have some 11x14s shot with my very wide lenses and they are very sharp when I paid attention to technique.
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    20mm is my favorite focal length for 35mm shooting.

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    I use normal to wide angle lenses more than long lenses. I usually prefer a moderately wide lens--35mm, 28mm, 24mm in 35mm format. I have a 21mm for my Leicas and a 20-35mm zoom for the Canons but I don't use them that often. I also have a 35mm for the 645 Pentaxes but use a 45mm more. Still, I wouldn't want to be without a lens in the 20/21mm range. If you now use a 28mm, more than likely you'll have a lot of use for a 20mm.

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    I have a 20mm Nikon, though it is something more for occaissional usage. When it comes in really handy is for interior shots, or when wanting to capture a wide scene from across a street. The other fun thing is that you can hold the camera at arms length pointed back at you, and get yourself and some friends in the image. A 20mm can also be fun for across the table shots. Things to avoid are getting your feet in the shot, or distracting elements at the edge of the frame.

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    The 20mm is my favourite lens, and occaisionally I rent a Nikkor 15mm (the tulip lens) for even more fun.

    In larger prints when viewed close up, the wide-angle persective does not seem so extreme.

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    Currently I have a NFD 20mm F2.8 on my Canon New F1, and I like it. I got rid of a NFD 17mm F4 for that because I'm more focusing on taking pictures of people, and I find the 20mm is the widest that I can handle well.

    The 17mm was good for some nature landscape shots, but never so on any human subject. The lens itself had a lot of problems/defects in its quality to begin with.

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    I have 20mm equivs on all cameras I own. My 35mm, 6x7, 4x5, 8x10, 4x10, and even my 12x20. I would die without them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firecracker View Post
    Currently I have a NFD 20mm F2.8 on my Canon New F1, and I like it. I got rid of a NFD 17mm F4 for that because I'm more focusing on taking pictures of people, and I find the 20mm is the widest that I can handle well.

    The 17mm was good for some nature landscape shots, but never so on any human subject. The lens itself had a lot of problems/defects in its quality to begin with.
    What's your impressions of the FD 20? How's the corners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynecrider View Post
    What's your impressions of the FD 20? How's the corners?
    I have not used it enough to be able to tell you exactly what it is like, but compared to the 17mm F4 NFD, it's a lot smoothier, meaning with less defects. The 17mm was almost getting to be like a Holga lens to some extent; the distortion in corners was ugly on human subjects, and the light fall-off was pretty severe between F4 and F8, so it was a bitch to print. It's an old lens (with a 20-25 year-old design), so I didn't expect too much.

    You really have to try one and see how you like it. But if you happen to like 24mm, stay with the 24mm, which could give you less trouble.

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    When I first got my FTb, it came with a 28mm. I loved it, but was used to shooting wider on my 20D so I bought a CZJ 20mm f/2.8 to use on the FTb and found it to be even better. I recently bought an Elan 7 just so I could try out a Tokina 17mm f/3.5 I found a smoking good deal on which I *really* like. Now if I can find an affordable 14mm...
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