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. It costs around £1120 and promises to produce higher quality images at the wide end than its predecessor.
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. A 26-56mm equivalent on APS-C sensors, it delivers fast and quiet autofocus, smooth bokeh, internal focusing and zooming, and solid, dustand moisture-sealed construction.
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. Granted, the somewhat high price might put it outside of the budget of some consumers, but then again, there's no such thing as a free lunch (or something like that).
Conclusion: Based on my experience using the Sigma 14mm with my D30 and D60 over a period of a couple of years, I'd say that if you're looking for a moderately priced ultra-wide angle lens to give your DSLR wide angle capability, the Sigma 14mm f/2.8 is a decent performer for the money. Because of the 1.6X magnification factor you will be avoiding the corners of the frame where this lens does not do at all well.
Conclusion: If you are in the market for a new wide-angle lens, I definitely recommend spending the extra $250 and getting the new 16-35L. In terms of sharpness, contrast, and extra features, you will get your monies worth. A very welcome improvement is the ability to focus at 0.28m/0.9ft. In addition, for those whom already own a 17-35L and are disappointed by its performance wide open, now you have a viable choice to achieve sharp images at that aperture setting.
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. It is difficult to see a difference in the high quality images produced by either lens.
Excerpt: The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens is what I consider one of the most important lenses in Canon's lineup . Taking over the ultra-wide angle position of the available professional grade f/2.8 zoom lenses from the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM Lens , the 16-35 L II becomes the new standard for professional and serious amateur photographers alike.
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. With its maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, the viewfinder remains bright and easy to use. The lens is quick and quiet in operation thanks to its built-in ultrasonic motor (USM).