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

Last updated (28 February’12):
- Review & Sample Photos by ePhotozine

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is a ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features 16-35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12 groups with diagonal Angle of View at 108 degrees (at 10 feet) to 63 degrees. Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual, Closest Focusing Distance of 0.92 feet and has a filter size of 82mm. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens weighs 1.41 pounds and it measures 3.5 inches in diameter, 4.4 inches long.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

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

ePhotozine reviews the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“If this lens were to be judged on the performance in the centre of the frame alone I would have no hesitation in recommending this optic. It’s not that the quality towards the edges is poor, especially not when the lens is stopped down, but that for me it is below my expectations for a lens at this level, and price point. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“Canon’s optical engineers say that the II version of the lens has improved corner sharpness. I’ll have to take their word for it. Most viewers concentrate on whatever is in the center of an image. Readers who primarily photograph people will probably never notice any difference. “
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“One of the most distortion-free fast, wide-angle zooms, this lens gives you relatively straight subject lines and lets you get close to a subject while including wide swaths of background. The price is high, but so are the rewards.”
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DigitalPhotographyGear reviews the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“The images produced by the 16-35mm f/2.8L II are completely flawless. Users have noticed superior sharpness from corner to corner of their images even on full frame digital SLR bodies. Additionally, photographers find the improved auto focus, accurate, fast and quiet. Photographers also enjoy the built in weather proofing and water resistant quality of the lens.”
Rating: ★★★★★ reviews the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“Based on our tests, the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is a solid lens offering in the ultra-wide category. It has a few issues with softness at certain apertures and focal lengths, a little chromatic aberration wide open, as well as some distortion and vignetting to speak of… but then again, neither is any other lens in its category, and for what it does, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 USM L II may not be the greatest lens around in absolute terms but it delivers regarding its primary purpose – a very good performance at its ultra-wide to wide settings (16-26mm) from about f/4 onwards. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and writes;
“Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM showed outstanding performance in the field, with excellent performance both in the center as well as around borders pretty much throughout the zoom range….the images the lens produced were crisp, albeit on a warmer side, which is common for Canon lenses.”
rating: N/A compares the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Comparison with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L and writes;
“Both the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L and the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lenses produce superb images with minimal distortion across a wide range of angles and apertures. Both lenses have excellent central field imaging performance when shot at f/2.8. It is difficult to see a difference in the high quality images produced by either lens.”
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User Opinions

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

Amazing Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is absolutely amazing and worth every penny. It’s sharp throughout the range and it feels like I am shooting with a prime. I highly recommend this lens.” – by Etienne Kechichian

great lens and great photos | Rating: ★★★★★
“If the exposure is correct, the image is sharp at ANY focal length. Greatest lens for landscape and portrait. There is no dark corner and no distortion…. I am very happy with this lens. This is my first L lens and it is much better than any of other lenses. The lens was put on my XTI camera. I ignored all the comments that this lens does not match this camera. What I wanted to do is to get nice pictures on the camera on hand. Widness is not the only issue to measure the quality of the lens.” – by Z “Z”

I LOVE THIS LENS!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I love this lens. The AF in these L series are so amazing fast! The f/2.8 is great for indoor group shots or scenery. MK2 version has no compression on the edges. If there are, it isnt noticable. The Filters are very expensive for this lens, but if you make the jump to pick up the lens, youd drop any penny on protecting the glass on this baby. I’ve owned this lens a little over 6 months, and it has treated me very well, never failed me, and i would truely recommend this lens to any photographer looking into Wide angle lens.” – by Dao Vang

Phenomenal WA zoom – best on the planet! | Rating: ★★★★★
“From the moment I mounted this lens on my 5D it was true love. Build quality was as one would expect for an L-series lens. IQ that is stunning. Sharp as a tack on the 5D and now the 1DmkIII. It is very wide on FF, not so much on the 1.3x crop, but perhaps more useful now overall. This is certainly a lens that I will keep on permanent standby in my collection. That’s high praise since the only other lens that I can say that about is the 135 f/2. Now there is a combination that I could live with in a 2 lens arrangement. Very highly recommended. “ – by Casual Guru

Incredible lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The quality of this lens is just incredible. I was using the 17-55 lens before this, and I thought that was good. I put this puppy on my 40D to compare and was blown away by the quality. On the 5Dmk2, it just shines. I can’t say enough about this lens. Built well, I have no issues with dust, and pictures always turn out stunning.” – by Koveh Tavakkol

Indoors and Outdoors | Rating: ★★★★★
“I wanted a lens that was a little better build for the dusty environments I photograph. I took a chance and purchased the 16-35mm and was really satisfied with my decision. I can walk in musuems and art gallaries and not have to use a flash. The pictures are extremely sharp especially at the shorter focal lengths. This is my new walk around lens and it stays on my camera all the time. If you can spend the exta money I recommend this lens. Great lens! “ – by Martin M. Varga “Mvarga”

Great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I borrowed the 17-40 f4 and wasn’t that impressed with it. I then borrowed this lens – and was amazed with it. This is a great lens and worth the additional money. I use it on a 5D MkII and its very good. I recommend it. “ – by Keith Jeffers

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

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Features & Specifications

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

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

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