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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
7.9 out of 10

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

James Wei, Fredmiranda
18 March 2009
  • Conclusion: A zoom that I had more than 10 years. Despite its weakness in unsharp corners and poor flare performance, the zoom provides convinience and reliability when it comes to travel photography. My image gallery of 16-35/2.8 http://www.roentarre.com/Gallery.aspx?
  • Pros: Fast zoom with versatility
  • Cons: Unsharp corners even stopping down
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

LennartW, Fredmiranda
15 January 2009
  • Conclusion: As it is always: you get what you pay for. And if you buy this lens, you know what you want and you get what you want. On a documentary, this is the lens I would use straight out of the bag. It is good for sports because it has the two key facts: F2.8 and a fast focus.
  • Pros: Light, Small, Fast, F2.8
  • Cons: Tends to have soft corners
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

terminator, Fredmiranda
20 November 2008
  • Conclusion: My copy is second hand. I noticed immediately that it is very soft at 35mm - softer than any of my other L zooms such as 24-70L, 24-105L, 70-200L f/2.8 IS. Stopping down to f/5.6 or f/8 does not help much.
  • Pros: build, 16mm, size, f/2.8
  • Cons: soft at 35mm
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

gerrit p, Fredmiranda
13 March 2008
  • Conclusion: I made a choice out of 4 lenses that were available in the shop of my local dealer. two of them were 16-35 lenses and two of them were 17-40 lenses. After testing I simply made a choice for the best performer, in this case my sample of the 16-35 L (mark 1) It is my daily workhorse.
  • Pros: give good results on a full frame
  • Cons: at 16mm the corners stay behind in sharpness.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Dan Doucette, Fredmiranda
17 December 2007
  • Conclusion: Many aspects of photography are a balance of compromises, and this lens is no exception. This lens has great strengths, like its ultra wide field of view, focal length range, fast f/2.8 aperture, solid construction, weather sealing, fast/accurate auto focus, and generally good...
  • Pros: 16mm on full frame provides interesting perspective, well built, weather sealed, fast and accurate auto focus, 77mm filters are compatible with other L zooms, useful focal range, great auto focus.
  • Cons: Needs to be stopped down significantly to reduce soft corners, purple CA fringing with high contrast edges, distortion at 16mm, expensive.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Leginmat, Fredmiranda
24 August 2007
  • Conclusion: Grabbed this lens when it came up at an auction due to a store closing down. Grabbed myself a bargain! Great to use and fits comfortably in the hands. Slightly soft at corners, but not overly noticeable. A great short lens for the bag.
  • Pros: f/2.8, bokeh, build, USM, sharpness, weather sealed, colours
  • Cons: flare, slight soft corners
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

wcastleman, Fredmiranda
18 June 2006
  • Conclusion: I was very happy with performance of the EF 17-40mm f/4L. However, there were too many times when I couldn't quite get the field of view I needed, so I bought the 16-35mm f/2.8L.
  • Pros: 1) Wider field than 17-40L; 2) f/2.8 for extreme low light situations; 3) Similar size, weight and build to the excellent 17-40L.
  • Cons: 1) Not quite as sharp in corners/edges as the 17-40L, 2) More lateral chromatic aberration than the 17-40L
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Remford, Fredmiranda
29 May 2006
  • Conclusion: As the widest entry in Canon's fast L-Series zoom lineup, the 16-35 f/2.8 L is the wide angle zoom to own for the EF mount. It is sharp throughout the frame and is no more subject to flare, CA, or light fall-off than others in its class, as these phenomenon are more a product of the focal length...
  • Pros: L-Series Quality Build, Fast f/2.8 Aperture, Very Useful Zoom Range, Sharp Throughout Frame.
  • Cons: Price/Value for Money
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

TimOLondon, Fredmiranda
22 May 2006
  • Conclusion: See the pro's and con's. I do like the f/2.8 range from 16 to 35 mm. I was (& and am still) a bit disappointed by the absolute sharpness of the images. The first copy I had I sent back to Canon for re-calibration - no improvment. My dealer then swopped it for a 2nd copy. Not really that much better.
  • Pros: On a FF (5D) it is hugely wide - you get views the eye does not see. As a Wide Angle zoom it is brilliant. As a f/2.8 it just sucks in light, making all kinds of photos possible (.. agreed.. it's not a f/1.4 prime). Very usable. I think the sweet spot is around 24mm f/4.5. Well built. Feels solid...
  • Cons: My 1st L lens. While all the pro's are true I did expect more pure image sharpness and image quality. However after a couple of months, and having stopped taking 'test' pictures, and started taking 'real' pictures I just like those images.... Its quite expensive
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Overall 8
8.0

Potentially the best lens ever

Tana Alves Bernet, Amazon
5 September 2005
  • Summary: I got this lens to go wider on a 20D. I wanted to go wider so I got a 5D. Started shooting events with this lens and I learned that the 580ex couldn't give me enough light in the dark. Used the lens during the day. Terrible problems with lensflare. The hood showed up on the edges of pictures (wide).
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