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CanonEF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 1071 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (929)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (937)
  • Strong construction (708)
  • Durable (662)
  • Consistent output (641)
  • Easily interchangeable (488)

Cons

  • Heavy (142)
  • Pricey / poor value (19)
  • Blurry focus (11)
  • Price (10)
  • 82mm filter size (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (723)
  • Low light (501)
  • Night photography (412)
  • Weddings (384)
  • Video (203)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (278), Photo enthusiast (253), Pro photographer (233), Enthusiast (66), Semi-professional (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (695), Yes (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Probably my most useful lens

Had bought Canon's 10-22mm lens months ago when all I had was a 7D and loved it. So when I bought the 5D MkII it only made sense to get this one. I...Read complete review

Had bought Canon's 10-22mm lens months ago when all I had was a 7D and loved it. So when I bought the 5D MkII it only made sense to get this one. I now own several L lenses and now wish they had have made the 10-22mm an f/2.8 and an L as well. Of all of them, this is the one that truly is most practical. The FOV makes for very interesting UWA pictures and yet when zoomed in to 35 can yield classic frames literally free from any significant distortion. From Landscapes, to portraits, to even street photography this lens comes through. If you are on a budget and had but one lens to buy then this would be the lens I would recommend.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad copy, Canon says within specs

Lens will only achieve consistent focus mounted on a tripod. Handheld, it is completely unreliable at any focal length/ F-stop/ Shutter 1/250 +. I've taken it to Canon, documenting the problem...Read complete review

Lens will only achieve consistent focus mounted on a tripod. Handheld, it is completely unreliable at any focal length/ F-stop/ Shutter 1/250 +. I've taken it to Canon, documenting the problem and noting that it clunks when gently shaken, as though an internal element is loose. They returned it claiming it's within specs. It's going back a second time on Monday for the same issues. I've used it on 3 different 7D bodies over the last month and a half with the same results on all 3. With all of the positive reviews, I can only figure that I'm stuck with a bad copy. (Purchased when a rebate was offered, tested it on a tripod when I recieved it then put it away until after racing season started.)I'm only writing this to remind people to test thoroughly and return promptly if there is an issue, no matter how many flawless experiences you've had with prior purchases. Hopefully Canon will be a little more thorough on this next service call.

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5.0

What Kurt said

By Fishchris

from Sacramento

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

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

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

I started reading the most helpful review, and honestly started thinking maybe I had written that, but forgot ?
But no, just happens that I also came from the 7D and used the 10-22 which I loved.
Then got the 6D, and got this lens to go with it.
I use it for a lot of long exposure, low light stuff, for which it works great !
In fact, it is for sure, my most used lens.
Pretty darn expensive, but I guess you get what you pay for....
In fact, if ever I were to buy two of the same lens, it would definitely be this one. Just could not do without this lens.

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  • No

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5.0

Excelent image qualty

By Gustavo Ledezma

from Venezuela

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography

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

    Excellent image quality , fast autofocus, care must be taken depending on the autofocus camera I own a 6D and sometimes the picture is not where it should motivated to wide viewing angle lens , as compared to 70-200 where the focus failure by millimeters . it is a great lens , I recommend it with my eyes closed .

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Love this lens at 16mm - SHARP and NICE.

    By Spotdirector

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Video

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

      This lens is amazing, quality, sharp, lite, overall love this lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Love this lens

      By Lee

      from Allston

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

      She's a beaut!

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      5.0

      Good

      By Nagulesan

      from Nj

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

      Really good lens I love it

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      5.0

      Great Zoom

      By Kodachrome Karl

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Photos Of Large Groups
        • Weddings/Events

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

        If you like the wide angle perspective, this is a great lens to consider. If you're shooting expansive landscapes with focal interest in the foreground, or if you're boxed in and can't back up enough to shoot the full group with your 24 - 70mm f/2.8L II, this lens is your answer. I don't leave home without it.

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        5.0

        I love this lens

        By dumarc photography sf

        from San Francisco

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

        sharp, sharp, sharp! been a big fan of this lens for a long time. I'm happy to finally have it in my arsenal. I mainly coveted the crispy starburst it creates and now I have that and so much more. I recently went to joshua tree and I didn't bring a macro lens for all the beautiful flowers because I wanted travel light. I used it at 35mm at f/11 and the details are amazing.

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        3.0

        Not a good lens for my purpose

        By Jim the Runner 2

        from NY, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Distorted Image

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I can see how this lens would be great for landscape photography but it didn't work out for what I needed it for, taking group shots at close range due to space limitations. The folks at either end became really distorted and I didn't want to have to fix it in photoshop.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

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

          By heidijoc

          from Las Cruces, NM

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I borrowed this lens from a friend who uses it all the time and liked it so much that I bought it to use for myself. There is a noticeable difference in the amount of picture you get with the wide angle lens.

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            5.0

            My favorite lens for both photos and video

            By Rolo

            from Kona, Hawaii

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

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

              Got this lens over a year ago and since then it has been my favorite lens. For landscapes, night skies, time lapse and just walking around shots. Also, have been using it on my Sony FS7 video camera. Shot a lot of dance scenes and the auto focus tracks the action amazingly well.

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              5.0

              Sweet lens!

              By tahoeths

              from Lake Tahoe, NV

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • 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:

                Wide, fast, sharp!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Worth receiving 5stars

                By Jong

                from Edison nj

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

                I finally bought the lense I wanted and I love using this product. I feel like this is the best lense I've ever used. Makes taking picture more fun and exciting.

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                5.0

                Love this Lens!

                By SusanaPhotog

                from USA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I use this lens for family portraits and indoor sports. The 2.8 works great for low-light situations, especially dingy gyms.

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                  5.0

                  one of the most used photo lens

                  By Gecofilms

                  from Santiago, Chile

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    this lens is just great, any photographer with canon gear must have it

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    No better wide zoom

                    By Negative Phil

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video

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

                      This lens is built incredibly well. Its optics add something really special to fashion and landscape for me. There is a definite limit to the proximity to subject with this lens as its distortion can really make a face look scary.

                      For the focal range and speed you couldn't ask for much more in a zoom.

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                      5.0

                      Rented it 3 times... and now I own it!

                      By MTowns

                      from Florida

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • 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 love this lens. I have rented it 3 times and finally own it! I have used it on seascape workshops and to do real estate photography in the past. I'm so excited to have it available to use anytime I like!

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Outstanding

                        By Atkins

                        from Mississisippi

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

                        Very nice lens. Good quality build.

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                        5.0

                        Couldn't be happier

                        By Matt

                        from Seattle

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        I use this lens on a Canon 5D Mark II, primarily shooting outdoors. The images are clean, the shutter release is super smooth, and it works well in low light. I have no complaints about it; I couldn't be happier.

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                        5.0

                        Exactly as expected

                        By Rob

                        from Houston TX

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          Lens is exactly as I expected. Very crisp, quite and fast. At 16MM, you can get creative, zoom in at 35MM and get more normal shots.

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Gotta risk it to get the biscuit

                          By Yuppie

                          from Oceanside, CA

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Price

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I'm a professional working photographer in the music industry shooting concerts and would recommend this lens! Great look for when close to subjects but want to capture all the action. Also great for landscapes!

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                          • No

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