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    I think 20mm is a great focal length and I shoot there a lot.

    I wonder, though, if you should get a 24 first. 24 is much wider than a 28, but not with ridiculous dramatics. It's harder to get a normal-appearing image with a 20 - it takes a little more practice and experience. It's much easier with a 24. I also find that a 24 is a much more useful lens to me than a 28.

    Some might argue that 24 is too close to 28 but it is a very noticeable change. Also, if you end up loving the 24, as I think you will, and get a 20 later, you'll still find the 24 is a good one-lens solution when you need to pack lightly. It won't be wasted money. 24s are also cheap so if you find that you've gone too wide, you haven't spent a lot to find it out.
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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.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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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 Robert Hall View Post
    I have 20mm equivs on all cameras I own. My 35mm, 6x7, 4x5, 8x10, 4x10, and even my 12x20. I would die without them.:o
    Well, I like my 20mm - 35mm Zoom, but I would not go quiet that far!

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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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