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

(based on 1078 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (935)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 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 (642)
  • Easily interchangeable (488)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (724)
  • Low light (501)
  • Night photography (412)
  • Weddings (384)
  • Video (203)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (279), Photo enthusiast (253), Pro photographer (233), Enthusiast (66), Semi-professional (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (696), 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

Excellent Lens

By Josh the casual photography enthusiast

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Whether it's landscapes or astrophotography, this lens excels. While pricey, I still highly recommend because you won't have to replace it anytime soon. The build quality is great.

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5.0

This an amazing piece of optic

By juanister

from Miami

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens it gives a different perspective to my photos. Amazing aperture and focal length.

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2.0

Soft

By Woody

from New Zealand

Verified Reviewer

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

I bought this lens for covenience, like all zooms. To cover a range, less weight in the bag, etc. I never expect great things from zooms. If you want true sharps buy a prime. (However, FYI - the canon 70-200 is an outstanding lens.) Sadly, the 16-35 is not. Pretty soft through the range, variable amount of sharpness. Extremely bad chromatic aberration in the corners. But almost okay if you can stop it down past f11.

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5.0

Magnificent lens

By Tony Bernal

from Just north of Corpus Christi, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

I absolutely love what this lens is doing for me. Great quality photos, close ups are no longer an issue as with my previous lens, just overall thrilled with this lens. Makes the photos of my grand daughter so much easier and so much better.

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5.0

Professional grade for creative imagery

By Chriskeeleyphoto

from New Hampshire

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

It's a must have. Great quality glass, artistic, intentional distortion around the edges. Really love this lens for dramatic images.

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5.0

Wish I had bought this sooner.

By WMass Landscape Photographer

from Wesatern Massachusetts

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I like to capture starbursts in landscapes and the 16-35 does a nice job of that with minimal flare.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Cannon EF 16-35 mm f 2.8L

    By Jill L

    from Kemah Tx

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

    Love the lens. It is just what I would have expected from Canon

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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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          • No

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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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            • No

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            (4 of 4 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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              • No

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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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                    • No

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