Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Imported

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • UD and Three Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Water and Dust Resistant
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9'
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
  • 82mm Filter Thread Diameter
  • Lens Hood Included

The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens from Canon is a high performance, water-resistant, ultra wide-angle L-series zoom lens. An f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light situations and offers shallow depth of field focus control. The optical design has been improved to offer better edge-to-edge image quality. In addition, it features 3 high-precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica and GMo. Its ultrasonic motor (USM) and improved AF algorithms will help the lens to focus faster and quieter. Precise manual focus is supported even in One Shot AF mode and a truly round aperture results in pleasing background blur.

All of the "L" lenses deliver optical performance equal to similar fixed focal lengths lenses and provide tight seal structures for dust and water resistance. Distortions and aberrations are remarkably small for a lens of such amazing capabilities. An included petal-style lens hood keeps unwanted light from entering the lens and causing flare and it offers a degree of protection against impact and the elements.

Ultra-low dispersion glass and three high-precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica and GMo minimize aberrations and improve overall image quality.
A ring-type Ultrasonic motor (USM) provides quiet, fast, precision auto focusing and predictive tracking.
Full-time manual focus override (even in AF mode) is supported.
Circular aperture diaphragm produces brilliant out-of-focus characteristics.
A petal-type lens hood is included.
Performance
Focal Length 16 - 35mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 25.6 - 56 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 108° 10' - 63°
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 11.2" (28 cm)
Magnification 0.22x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 16/12
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:82 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.48 x 4.39" (88.5 x 111.6 mm)
Weight 1.4 lb (635 g)
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
  • E-82U Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • EW-88 Lens Hood for 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Lens Case LP1319
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 1017 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (878)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (119)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (903)
    • Strong construction (682)
    • Durable (634)
    • Consistent output (616)
    • Easily interchangeable (464)

    Cons

    • Heavy (135)
    • Pricey / poor value (18)
    • Blurry focus (11)
    • 82mm filter size (9)
    • Price (9)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (686)
    • Low light (478)
    • Night photography (392)
    • Weddings (370)
    • Video (189)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (265), Photo enthusiast (243), Pro photographer (214), Enthusiast (66), Semi-professional (59)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (657), Yes (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fantastic Wide Angle Lens

    Fantastic wide angle lens that really shines on a full frame body such as the Canon 5D Mark II.I originally had the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM which produced good images with high...Read complete review

    Fantastic wide angle lens that really shines on a full frame body such as the Canon 5D Mark II.I originally had the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM which produced good images with high contrast and good colour reproduction, but sharpness was poor. In comparison, the 16-35mm II is ultra-sharp in the middle and more than acceptable in the corners (even when pixel peeping), with fantastic contrast and colours. The AF is fast and the build is solid.Some sample photos on different bodies:5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157757391/in/photostream5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157760781/in/photostream5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157758417/in/photostream7D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157759497/in/photostream7D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6158293534/in/photostream20D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157752733/in/photostream

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Sharp

    I've had my copy over a year. In my experience, it isn't sharp through much of its range and seldom comes out of the bag. I sent it to Canon repair on the...Read complete review

    I've had my copy over a year. In my experience, it isn't sharp through much of its range and seldom comes out of the bag. I sent it to Canon repair on the East Coast. They checked it out, sent it back, said it operates within parameters. Whose parameters? I have to sell these photos to art directors. BTW, the lens was returned to me rattling loose in the box, with the original styrofoam inserts missing. I have a 5Diii, a 7D and three other L lenses, all purchased from wonderful B&H. All perform well. The 16-35mm f/2.8L doesn't. When you buy yours, check it quickly, return defects promptly, or you too may own a high-dollar paperweight.

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    4.0

    Fast wide zoom if that's what you need

    By Steve in KC

    from Overland Park, KS

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

      Bought this to use with my C100. I don't use it as much in my still work unless I need a really wide, which is rare. I've owned a few versions of this lens over the years and this one seems to be the best so far. The lens always suffered from soft edges and this lens still has that problem but not as bad as previous versions. I wish a version of this lens came with IS. For me the fast aperture is critical and Canon seems to only wants to produce IS zoom lenses at f/4 which is really not enough IMO.
      This is a solid all around wide lens, pricey but solid.

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens

      By JJ the Movie Guy

      from New York, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

        Great wide lens. Sharp pictures, pretty light and good build

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        5.0

        Great wide angle lens

        By thehouseofdon

        from Las Vegas, NV

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

          I use my Canon 6D mostly for videography. But there are the occasional photo gigs to. This lens really comes in handy when I need a wider shot. It is also nice in low light situations with a low F-stop. I have only had the chance to use it a few times so far, but feel like it will be as reliable as any other Canon L series lens.

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          5.0

          I wish i could have this lens

          By Rommel

          from Kuwait

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

              fabulous and superve lens

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              5.0

              another pleasant b&h experience

              By iced91030

              from CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                the shopping experience just like always, really good. I need a 16-35 to cover me for a trip to Europe, all the indoors.

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                5.0

                great lens

                By imirman

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                    Great lens!

                    I shoot a lot of concerts, and until now, I didn't have anything wider than 24mm. This lens is great - fast, sharp.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Landscape Lens

                    By JustMe

                    from Pacific NW

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                        I got this to go with my 5D Mark III...took it to Banff for the week, and was not disappointed.

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                        5.0

                        Meets All Expectations

                        By leem

                        from Gaithersburg, MD

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                          I use this lens on a Canon 6D and it meets all expectations one would have. The wide angle is appropriate for many landscape shots, building interiors, and the like. The large aperture is useful also for scenes having lower light levels.The AF seems about the same as any of my other "L" lens. It doesn't have IS, but I'm in the habit of using solid camera support whenever warranted - not wanting to rely too much on IS anyway.

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                          5.0

                          Great quality

                          By CoKellyco

                          from PA

                          Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                          An excellent lens. Very sharp. With such a wide angle of view you will have a lot of sky with a lot of light. The camera will compensate for the light and the photo might be to dark. You can set the camera to a plus one, plus one and a half or two exposure.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent wide angle zoom

                          By Rolobyte

                          from Kona, HI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Video

                            Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                            This is my favorite lens right now for travel photos, events and time lapse videos, especially starry skies. Very sharp images and the 2.8 aperture is invaluable for dimly lit scenes or night photography.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens for large groups

                            By Canon fan

                            from VB,VA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                              This lens allows you to stand on top of your subjext and still get it all on one frame. Great for large group portraits or capturing a castle when you can't back up. A must have for your bag.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent!

                              By michael diaz

                              from puerto rico

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                Beautifull Photos!

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                                5.0

                                i love your service

                                By Trung tran

                                from new york

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  good

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                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome wide-angle

                                  By JanM

                                  from Ontaro, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                  I owned an older Canon 17-35F2.8L lens but I kept wishing I had this update. Then my old lens had a serious accident and I got the new 16-35. No regrets - the lens is awesome. I use it for weddings and for starry night landscapes and time lapse.

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                                  5.0

                                  Awsome Should have purchased it sooner

                                  By Jim the camper

                                  from Harrison, ME

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography

                                    Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                    I use this lens for day/night landscapes and indoor people at work shots. This lens is awesome. I did not think I would use it as much as I have already.

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                                    5.0

                                    Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II Lens

                                    By Frank

                                    from Starkville, MS

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                      I am a landscape photographer mostly. With the Canon 16-5mm lens you are able to use this lens to the fullest. I like to have both foreground interest and lots of depth of field with my landscape photographers. With this lens I can achieve both goals of foreground and depth of field.

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                                      5.0

                                      Really pleased with this purchase

                                      By J'nel

                                      from Agat, Guam

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Nice Bokeh
                                      • Rugged

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                      I seriously debated between this lens and the 24-70mm 2.8, but felt this lens would replace my 15mm and 20-35mm lenses, which I used a lot. This lens improves my results by leaps and bounds. At 16mm, this lens doesn't have the blurred edges that the 15mm caused, I can use a circular polarizer and neutral density filter, and I have a real lens cap with this lens (hated the 15mm lens cap so much!!). And being able to zoom/crop to 35mm gives me versatility, especially when shooting underwater (in it's underwater housing, of course) when you don't always know what you'll find, or how close it will let you get. I love long-exposure and night photography, and I am anxious for a clear night sky to test it out.

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                                      5.0

                                      Not A Lens To Live Without

                                      By ClayEwing

                                      from Wimberley, TX

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction
                                      • Superb Results

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Photography
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife Photos

                                        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                        I've shot landscapes for close to 50 years, and when I made the (reluctant) move from film to digital four years ago, I bought the 10-22mm S lens for my 50D, and was instantly and consistently satisfied with the results.But, as with anything digital, 'settling for' are the words. And the second word is 'editing', as we try to make a still-increasing value achieve the like qualities of the still-decreasingly available film stocks. Thus, the 50D wasn't good enough and I bought the 5DMkIII, which still needs editing to come close to slide film.This lens is the (higher) equivalent of the 10-22, and I bought it compliment the 5D, and I've carried this into multiple mountain systems and a few deserts; I've shot a few hundred interiors (I also shoot real estate for agents) in the past year, too; and the worst I can say about this lens is still better than what I would say about the 10-22, and I had high praise for that one.I could use technical observations about the shortcomings of this lens, but most of what I've experienced--advanced parallax or devigetting--came as much or more from user error as any failure in this lens.Flash work doesn't faze it, nor does long exposures. This lens requires little of a learning curve, and the results almost make me forget the lesser quality of any average image compared to slide film (and, no, I've not forgotten, nor do I lament, the hassles of film developing and printing, since I still occasionally shoot film in both 35 and 120 formats).I might sell my mostly unused 24-105, but this lens will remain not just in my bag, but installed on my cameras, until they come out with a new version that does something this one cannot.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great lens

                                        By Pic's

                                        from Bishop, Ca.

                                        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                        I live in the Eastern Serria, a photo rich environment,
                                        this lens is perfect for photographing the beautiful landscapes we have here.

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                                        5.0

                                        Ideal for real estate photography

                                        By Retired Master Sergeant, US Army

                                        from Fort Bragg, NC

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Rugged
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                        • Price

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Real Estate photography

                                        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:

                                        I prefer this lens over the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens for the purpose of shooting real estate interiors. I shoot primarily new home construction with this lens. I use the Canon EOS 1D X (full-frame) body. Prior to purchasing this lens, I used the 14mm. The 14mm is still useful, but I like the results I get with the 16-35mm. It appears that I am spending less time in post production correcting distortions and verticals. Prior to the 16-35mm, I was stuck with either the 14mm or my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. The 14mm was usually too wide and the 24mm was too narrow. This 16-35mm is just right!Now did I really need the f/2.8 for real estate interiors? No, I could have saved some money and purchased the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM for $ (now $ with Canon Rebate!) I paid $ and just received a $ gift card for the rebate - about 2 weeks after I bought the lens!In the long run, I am glad that I have the f/2.8 capability for other shooting options. I don't think I will regret spending a few more bucks.

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