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: The 16-35 f/2.8L II is an excellent lens, no doubt about that. The big question is whether it’s worth the extra £600 or so more than the 17-40mm. That’s a tough one to answer, but if I was in the market for a wide-angle zoom, I’d try and stretch my finances to buy one.
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/2.8 L 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/2.8 L USM Lens , the 16-35 L II becomes the new standard for professional and serious amateur photographers alike.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 USM L II (full format) - Review / Test Report
5 May 2010
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. This isn't all that simple as we've seen during the test of the EF 17-40mm f/4 USM L. On the downside the lens is rather mediocre at 35mm although still perfectly fine at medium apertures.