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

(based on 1068 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (926)

  • 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 (935)
  • Strong construction (707)
  • Durable (662)
  • Consistent output (639)
  • Easily interchangeable (487)

Cons

  • Heavy (142)
  • Pricey / poor value (18)
  • Blurry focus (11)
  • Price (10)
  • 82mm filter size (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (721)
  • Low light (500)
  • Night photography (409)
  • Weddings (384)
  • Video (202)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (277), Photo enthusiast (253), Pro photographer (231), Enthusiast (66), Semi-professional (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (693), Yes (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super Wide: Check Low Light: Check

So far I've tested the lens by shooting some landscape work and shooting indoors; both in varying conditions.

Background: I'm shooting with a 7D and I'm a serious amateur. Other L...Read complete review

So far I've tested the lens by shooting some landscape work and shooting indoors; both in varying conditions.

Background: I'm shooting with a 7D and I'm a serious amateur. Other L series lenses owned is the 135mm f 2.o.

This lens is really wide! I've been using the kit 18-55 and didn't think 2mm would make that big of a difference but it does. The pictures are sharp, with the corners being a bit soft. I've also noticed a little more chromatic aberration than I had expected, but it seems to be somewhat dependent on your subject and where it fits in the frame. For example, tree limbs (I've been shooting in the Winter) near the edges tend to have a bit of chromatic aberration, but by using ACR it has been pretty easy to correct.

This lens is a champ in low light! With the II version of the lens hand holding in low light to crazy good. 1/15 is not a problem. I've still been racking off multiple shots at that low of a shutter speed to get a crisp one, but all most all of them (if not all) are workable.

The cost of filters are a bit of a turnoff with the 82mm filter size.

As a side note, if you shoot towards the sun, you will likely get some lens flare; which can be good or bad.

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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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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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    • 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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      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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          • No

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              one of the most used photo lens

              By Gecofilms

              from Santiago, Chile

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              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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                    • No

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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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                      5.0

                      Nice Fast Superwide lens

                      By Ron I

                      from Camarillo, Ca

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

                      Much sharper than the EF-S series lens this replaces.

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                      5.0

                      Terrific all purpose lens

                      By MF

                      from Washington DC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Any
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I've used one for years and refreshed 2016 as I felt that hard use and wear had taken a toll on the previous 16-35 f2.8 L. Could live with out this lens.General purpose lens for any situation

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                        • No

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Capture it all

                        By Faydoe

                        from Los Angeles

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

                        This is one of those lenses that is a mandatory part of my arsenal. My go to lens is 24-70 but when you need just a little bit more width, you can always count on this beauty. Great glass means the world to me. Would ever take this out of the tool kit

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