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

(based on 1033 reviews)

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    (120)

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    (13)

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    (3)

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    (4)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (913)
  • Strong construction (692)
  • Durable (643)
  • Consistent output (621)
  • Easily interchangeable (473)

Cons

  • Heavy (139)
  • Pricey / poor value (18)
  • Blurry focus (11)
  • 82mm filter size (9)
  • Price (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (700)
  • Low light (489)
  • Night photography (398)
  • Weddings (375)
  • Video (194)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (271), Photo enthusiast (247), Pro photographer (218), Enthusiast (66), Semi-professional (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (669), Yes (23)

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

Great w/a minimal distortion

By PHOTO1

from Florida

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

I bought this lens a couple of years ago, I do all aerial photography and mount this in belly of aircraft, gives me amazing coverage without having to go so high. It' gives my Zeiss lenses a run for there $. Mounted on my 1ds mark 3, nice job canon

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5.0

The Best Wide-Angle Zoom On The Market

By NSiegent

from Switzerland

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video

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

I bought this lens in early 2010, after using it on a commercial shoot. I've always had a soft-spot for the images wide, even ultra-wide lenses can produce. Couple that with a wide maximum aperture and interesting focal range and you have something very special indeed.

It has taken a long time for rival brands or Canon itself to catch up with what this lens offers. The only serious rival 5 years later is Canon's own insane 11-24mm f4 L series lens, which is a pure miracle, BUT is almost double the price. Unless you're a master at crazy wide angles (and let's face it, few people are) or specialize in real estate photography, the 16-35 will more than satisfy you. Your wallet takes a hit, but the resulting images tend to speak for themselves.

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5.0

Canon Quality

By Scott K.

from East Petersburg, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I haven't had a chance to use this lens much, but when I have, it has performed as well as I expected. Focus is sharp, colors are great, and the images it produces when matched with a 5D MkIII are great. With it, and the other lenses I picked up from B&H, I can cover a range from 16-200mm at f/2.8. I can't recommend B&H enough to anyone who is looking for new or used gear. Their service, selection, and prices are the best around.

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    5.0

    Great all around wide angle lens

    By Bruce

    from San Diego, Ca.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I bought this lens for my daughter who is in college taking photo journalism, she loves this lens. Great wide angle selections work well in her work. I find myself want to steal hers now, Just another Great L lens! Love the f2.8 Good lens for just about any close quarter situation.

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        5.0

        Just Fantastic!

        By Jack Flash

        from Nashville, Tennessee

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Video

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

          I have had this lens for about 2 years. I love what this thing can do for my landscape shots. Just crazy. At 35mm, it does people very well. At 16mm, it can take something somewhat ordinary, and make it look extraordinary! I just can't recommend it enough. Of my top 20 shots, this lens is responsible for about 16 of them and is one of my cheapest lenses. Just get it!

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By Cohangxom

          from San Jose

          Verified Buyer

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

          A good lens, I would buy this product again and again

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          5.0

          Beautiful Quality

          By Jhort4527

          from Oakland, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Vignette

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

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

          Sharp, fast, and a beautiful lens all around.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Glass!

          By BillyHo

          from kennett Square PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            This has become my favorite lens. Sharp images. Fast and accurate. Highly suggest purchasing if not already in the bag.

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            5.0

            Quality images

            By Joe

            from Riverside, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • 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 on a full frame camera and really like the wide angle images.
              Image quality is superb. I have been using this for shooting stars and star trails and have been really happy. A prime lens with a larger aperture might be more beneficial for astro photography, but using this for landscapes and other purposed I have been completely satisfied.

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              4.0

              It works for my needs

              By Hartsimages

              from Metro New York

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                I normally have a need for a wide angle lens. I purchased it for real estate photography, often a subjects requires a wide angle lenses do to tight spaces.I'm very pleased with the image quality I'm getting from this lens. Wide open results are very sharp in the center and improves slightly when stopped downThe Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM Lens is one of two the lenses I use for a walk-around lens when shooting architecture and landscapes. The size works, it fits into my backpack comfortably.

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                5.0

                A Must Have

                By Joey

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                  This lens quickly became my favorite to shoot with. It is fast and sharp, and pairs very well with a full frame sensor. Works very well for putting a subject in context. Durable construction.

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                  5.0

                  Very Nice Lens

                  By Jim the Runner

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    this lens has outstanding sharpness and clarity, i'm just beginning to explore its potential with the 6D.

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                    5.0

                    Super lente

                    By Mocte

                    from Monterrey México

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Es un lente increible, excelente nitidez, las deformaciones que genera no son considerables, luminoso y de una excelente área de captación de imagen. Super recomendable.

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                      5.0

                      Great Wide Angle Zoom!

                      By Slothberg

                      from Spokane, Wa

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Video

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

                        Everything that you expect from great Canon glass! I use it on a RED Scarlet for video, and it's a perfect addition to my other Canon lenses.

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                        5.0

                        you get what you pay for

                        By chucks

                        from fort worth

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I am an amateur photographer and wanted to add to my existing EOS 7D/ kit 28-135 lens. I already have the canon 70-300L 3.5-5.6 lens and wanted a shorter lens for portraits and landscapes. I am happy with the build quality. A bit pricy but I wanted the flexibility of a 2.8f lens over IS.

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                        5.0

                        Incredibly sharp

                        By Chicago Birdwatcher

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          I purchased this lens because I want to explore a different way of taking pictures, and get into landscape photography.Because of the weather, I have only been able to use it once or twice..but so far I really like it. it is very sharp, the colors are great. The quality of my pictures improved after I watched the tutorial on line, and I would recommend that people who are new to wide angle lenses do just that. it is basically a new way of seeing things. I am planning to purchase a circular polarizer for it, as soon as I can.I also want to use it in different venues I have not had a chance to explore.

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                          5.0

                          great wide angle lens

                          By Martin 23

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          perfect for party and clubs when you have a couple people in front of the camera.

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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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