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Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM
Lens style Wide angle zoom
Focal length 16 - 35 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 107 - 63.4 o
Closest focusing distance 0.28 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.5
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF USM
Lens Construction 16 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 82 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 111.6 x 88.5 mm
Weight 640 g
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Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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4.20 Good
Owners reviews (5)
  1. Mac
    Mac 12 November 2013, 19:38
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    IP 65.92.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: $1600
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Bulky: with hood is difficult to store in a bag (especially with other large lenses). Lens can't wait to flare, with point light sources inside or just outside of the frame (mandatory to use lens hood). Made difficult to detect given the bright contrasty image the lens delivers (hint: look for very small, green ghosts shaped like darts opposite the light source). Hot spots in digital infrared make it useless for digital IR, although it works well on film IR. Included lens pouch is pointless. My copy came with software/communication issues which Canon has never fully resolved.

    Pros: Sharp, contrasty images for a wide-angle zoom. 2.8 aperture is shared by many primes in this range so you don't have to sacrifice speed for convenience, although the new Sigma challenges this. Weather-resistant when you install a filter. Feels solid and sure in hand, so is a pleasure to use.

    Summary: Good lens but not great, which at this price point should definitely be in the great category. The EF-S 10-22mm 3.5-4.5 performs much better in both visible and IR light at less than half the price. The new Sigma 18-35 is faster, sharper, and cheaper. If you really want this lens I would strongly suggest buying it used: overpriced for what it is. That said, except for critical applications (fine art, large prints, fine detail) this lens performs sufficiently well.

  2. RogerWilco357
    RogerWilco357 7 May 2013, 19:44
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    IP 71.238.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 1499.00
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Price of larger filters and cost of the lens.

    Pros: Awesome wide angle shots love the feel and size of the lens.

    Summary: All in all an awesome wide angle lens , you get what you pay for applies here love the low light 2.8.

  3. Mark
    Mark 3 February 2013, 08:45
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    IP 58.8.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Some vignetting, very large front filter size, making for expensive filters

    Pros: Great build and image quality

    Summary: My favourite wide angle lens, delivering great results when travelling in cities. I have not noticed the 'unacceptable' corner quality mentioned here. Maybe I'm lucky (or blind).

  4. Simon
    Simon 8 January 2011, 17:33
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    IP 86.158.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None to speak of

    Pros: Not too heavy for an L lens Good wide angle even on a crop sensor Great image quality Great build quality 2.8 throughout

    Summary: Fab wide angle lens and my "city bashing" lens. You won't miss much with this

  5. studioelan
    studioelan 18 May 2009, 08:49
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    IP 95.108.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1400 euro
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: 1. average corner sharpness - some report considerable variation between particular lenses in this respect - still, simple sharpening in post prod (if necessary) solves the issue for me, 3.filter necessary to maintain water resistance

    Pros: 1.extremely sharp in the centre (even wide open), 2. excellent build quality. 3. fairly nice bokeh (for a wide angle, of course) 4. works ok for backlit shots

    Summary: a very good wide angle lens, for whatever purpose you can think of - i've used it for landscape, documentary, interior photography and portraits as well...

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