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Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L USM

Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L USM
Lens style Wide angle zoom
Focal length 16 - 35 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 108 - 63 o
Closest focusing distance 0.28 m
Maximum magnification
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF USM
Lens Construction 14 elements / 10 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 83.5 x 103 mm
Weight 600 g
Additional information Marketed December 2001
Average rating (4 owners reviews)
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3.92 Average
Owners reviews (4)
  1. martin
    martin 1 June 2013, 18:59
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    IP 2.101.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: £699
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Poor IQ and colour fringing. Very bad wide open. This lens convinced me not to buy any more wide angle zooms. Prime lenses usually perform a better. It isn't better than the 10-22 Canon for APS-C. The Sigma 8-16 is the only really bright spot in super wide zooms but its not really for FF. So stick with primes.

    Pros: Bright, great build. Thats it! Oh and people seem prepared to pay a lot for it. I sold mine for almost what I paid new. The Mk II may be better but I doubt it.

    Summary: An expensive under performing lens that Has poor IQ and colour fringing.

  2. ZeFrenchinGdansk
    ZeFrenchinGdansk 29 May 2013, 23:57
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    IP 87.205.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 5200
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: A bit expensive (but). A bit heavy. 82mm filters.

    Pros: Build Quality, Sharp, Constrast. Is worth the money.

    Summary: I bought this lens to remplace my 10-22. I own a 7D. I know that I'm loosing on the UWA side, but I wanted to have a lens I would use in the future. I was just amazed by the quality of it. Pictures were just very contrasted, sharp, luminous and the colours are great. I might have gotten a really great one. Even though I had to play with the micro adjustment. I would never change it. I have it for only 2 weeks, and I love it.

  3. Herbert
    Herbert 15 April 2012, 03:56
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    IP 61.31.x.x
    Owner since: 8 years
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Optical quality - Poor performance in edge resolution, serious vignetting occurred when wide open

    Pros: Build quality - heavy and solid

    Summary: For this money, we must have a better choice elsewhere

  4. Oztrekker
    Oztrekker 22 July 2011, 05:33
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    IP 124.180.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Quite a lot of edge distorion and chromatic aberration.

    Pros: Nice and wide Very sharp Beautiful colour tones

    Summary: In all, I wouldn't do without this lens in my kit bag.

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