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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens

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  • 16-35mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • 3 high-precision aspherical lens elements produce superior image quality
  • Circular aperture produces natural background blur at wider apertures
  • Ring-type USM for fast and quiet autofocusing; internal focusing
  • Measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 4.4 inches long; 1-year warranty
  • 16-35mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • 3 high-precision aspherical lens elements produce superior image quality
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 112 x 89 x 3.5 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000NP46K2
  • Item model number: 1910B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2007

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Broaden your perspective with the Canon EF 16-35mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. Specifically designed for improved edge-to-edge image quality that meets the strict requirements of professional and high-end amateur photographers alike, the lens lets you bring more area into focus while providing greater depth of field. The lens features three high-precision aspherical lens elements--ground, replica, and GMo--that produce even better image quality than the original Canon EF 16-35mm USM lens. The circular aperture, meanwhile, produces a beautiful and natural background blur when shooting at wider apertures. Other details include internal focusing, a ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM), and new AF algorithms for fast and quiet autofocusing. The lens carries a one-year warranty.

  • Focal length: 16-35mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 108 degrees (at 10 feet) to 63 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.92 feet
  • Filter size: 82mm, P=0.75mm/1 filter
  • Dimensions: 3.5 inches in diameter, 4.4 inches long
  • Weight: 1.41 pounds
The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is a high performance, water-resistant, and ultra wide-angle Canon L-series lens. It has been specifically designed for improved edge-to-edge image quality that will meet the strict requirements of professional and high-end amateur photographers. It features 3 high-precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica and GMo for even better image quality than the original EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM. The circular aperture produces a beautiful and natural background blur when shooting at wider apertures. Other features include internal focusing, a ring type USM (Ultra Sonic Monitor), and new AF algorithms for fast and quiet autofocusing.

What’s in the box: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens, 82mm Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap E (Rear), EW-88 Lens Hood for 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Lens Case LP1319 and 1-Year Warranty.

Product Description

Inner focusing system with USM Closest Focusing Distance 0.28m / 0.9 ft. Zoom System Rotating type Filter Size 82mm Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.3" x 4.1", 1.3 lb. / 83.5 x 103mm, 600g

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Sharp, good color, fast focus, great pictures.
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Wide angle full frame corners are excellent for a lens this wide.
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This lens is absolutely amazing and worth every penny.
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290 of 300 people found the following review helpful By ESlayd TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2009
Many people have stated the facts about this lens. Instead of restating them, let me add what I use it for:

For nature photography, this is the only lens I need. Just put something pretty in the foreground (flowers, rocks, etc.) and let the lens magically stretch out the horizon to add drama and flair to the shot. Makes beaches MAGICAL... Makes forests imposing. Adds desolation to the desert.

And from a business perspective:

As a wedding shooter, I use it to stretch out small/boring churches and make them more dramatic. It is also great to use from above for dancefloor shots and really makes the shots DYNAMIC and interesting.

And finally:
If you are deciding between this and the 17-40, let me save you some time... there is a huge difference between 16mm and 17mm. Don't waste time buying the 17 and then selling it at a loss to upgrade like I did.

If you're going to go wide.. go wide baby. ;)
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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2009
I've read some pretty critical reviews of this lens; from my perspective some of these could be due to an occasional bad copy, but others are likely due to the owner expecting way too much from a UWA zoom lens. Most complaints center on lack of corner sharpness and/or light fall off/vignetting at the wide end and wide apertures. I've owned and extensively tested 4 high end UWA Zooms to date now; the Canon 16-35 f2.8 L II, the 17-40 f4 L, the EF-s 10-22, and the Nikon 14-24 2.8 ED (the accepted gold standard for UWA Zooms), and can tell you that the Nikon is the only one that can reasonably (but not perfectly) hold the corners at the extreme wide ends of FL and aperture. Not surprisingly however the Nikon is yet another $400-$500 more expensive than the 16-35II (even more when you factor in the adapter to shoot on a Canon). In real world shooting at f/8 to f/16 however, I can confidently state that you are not going to see any meaningful difference between the 4 lenses without resorting to some serious pixel peeping gymnastics, and even then I'll gladly take bets that most couldn't tell the unlabeled photos apart. So confident in fact that I finally traded in my revered Nikon for an excellent copy of the 16-35II.

Yes, this lens exhibits some corner softness and light fall off at the wide end and/or at f2.8, however this starts to clear up nicely even as low as f/4 and is gone by f/8. By comparison, if you really want an eye opener, look at the vignetting on the 17-40 wide open (f/4) - two thirds of the image is dark with only a small central spot unaffected (incidentally, those that post that the 17-40 suffers no corner vignetting are probably shooting JPEG and not examining the RAW image). Contrast this to the 16-35 wide open at f/2.8 where only the extreme edges and corners are dark.
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250 of 266 people found the following review helpful By George on January 6, 2008
I have owned both this and the original version. The new lens is better in the corners and flares less but the corners are still a little soft at f2.8 and you can get the lens to flare a little if you try. I haven't seen the loss of clarity above 20mm that others reported. Perhaps you would see a slight difference in eyelashes if you did a lot of portraits but this is probably not the best choice for a portrait lens. It is a somewhat better lens for shooting landscapes and other shots where edge to edge clarity is important.

But the differences between the two versions are minor and in some instances irrelevant. If you don't shoot a full frame camera the soft edges don't appear in the photo. And flare is a minimal issue at most. It rarely appears and is easy to fix in Photoshop if it does. I would opt for the original if I didn't shoot full frame based on the price difference alone.

My only problem with the original was when I had to shoot hand held. Sometimes you can't bring a tripod along which rules out shooting at f16 or 22 so I occasionally ended up with shots that were soft in some of the edges. The new lens will solve that. That is the only reason I decided to upgrade.

I haven't used many other lenses in the same range so I can't compare quality with other makers but I'm not aware of anything reputed to be better. I have Canon primes as well as other Canon zooms and in actual use all are generally close in quality. I use the primes if possible when I plan to crop or enlarge a lot but I could still get by nicely with the zooms.

So, if you shoot less than full frame or if price is an issue, get the original. If you shoot full frame but need maximum clarity in the center (portraits for example), test both versions first.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Howell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 26, 2011
I've been using this lens as a staple in my wedding lens bag for the past 3 years. My usage has been mostly on 5D camera bodies (original and Mark II), along with occasional use on a 1DsII. My two most used lenses over the years have been my 50/1.2L and this lens. I have taken many thousands of images with it.

As far as specific technical aspects of the lens, this lens is very good, though no superstar standout. Other lenses have faster apertures. Other lenses are sharper. However no lens is this wide, this fast, and this good for Canon. If you don't need the aperture, the 17-40/4L is cheaper. If you don't need the wide angle, any multitude of 24-70ish lens is equally as good. If you don't need the flexibility of a zoom, then a 24mm prime is sharper. But if you need UWA, fast aperture, and pro build, this is the only option for Canon.

This lens is better in the corners at large to medium apertures than the original 16-35/2.8 (and substantially better than the 20-35 and 17-35 that came before it). Its sharper near the wide end than at the longer end. If you find yourself in the 24-35mm range a lot, then other lenses are better for less money. The lens focuses fast and accurately (zero microadjustment on my 5DII bodies, also perfect on my 1DsII), and is built very well. It resists flare very well for such a wide angle lens. You can get it to flare, but it's usually mild and fixable in post production.

Addressing the sharpness issues, yes there is a precipitous drop in sharpness in the extreme corners at the wide end with this lens. At longer focal lengths, the lens is better in the corners, yet softer across the frame in general. If you are taking landscape pictures to be printed very large, this lens will be a relatively weak choice.
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