Excerpt: This second version of a 16-35mm zoom lens from Canon features a fast constant aperture of f/2.8, weather sealed construction, virtually silent ultrasonic focusing with full time manual override.
Summary: Overall the Canon 16-35mm optic is a fine lens, though there is no escaping that it’s beginning to show its age. The observed areas of weakness can most likely be traced to previous poor handling.
Excerpt: Replacing Canon's original 16-35mm f/2.8L of 2001, this full-frame ultrawide for pros ($1,450, street) has two UD glass elements to suppress chromatic aberrations, and three aspheric elements to minimize linear distortion.
Summary: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is one very impressive in all aspects lens! With top notch image quality pretty much throughout the zoom range, outstanding build quality and fast maximum aperture, this is the lens to own when looking for an UWA zoom.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Compared to EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Images by William Castleman
19 January 2008
Conclusion: 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.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 USM L II (full format) - Review / Test Report
4 June 2011
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: This super-fast wide-angle zoom could be a real boon for landscapers looking for pin-sharp results in low light. At £1158 it’s not cheap – but if you’re serious about your photography, this lens will not disappoint.