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