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

(based on 1052 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (911)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (925)
  • Strong construction (703)
  • Durable (656)
  • Consistent output (632)
  • Easily interchangeable (481)

Cons

  • Heavy (141)
  • Pricey / poor value (18)
  • Blurry focus (11)
  • Price (10)
  • 82mm filter size (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (711)
  • Low light (496)
  • Night photography (404)
  • Weddings (380)
  • Video (198)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (273), Photo enthusiast (251), Pro photographer (226), Enthusiast (66), Semi-professional (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (683), Yes (24)

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

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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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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    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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    5.0

    Best lens by Canon !!!

    By Remy Remus

    from Bucharest Romania

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

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

      This product is easy to use ... focuses faster and better!

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Excellent lens, I love it. Great for everything I cover

      By Ray Ray

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • I Haven't Found Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I'm a photojournalist and I use this lens on a daily basis; from protests, breaking news, to sports and entertainment.
      I have two EOS 1DX which features the full frame, in this case the 16-35mm lens works great specially when there is limited room to capture the moment. And focusing is really fast, too.

      I don't have any cons yet. This is the same kind of lens I had before, go get it.

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      5.0

      Love my new lens!

      By Annette Leibovitz, Mitzvah Photography

      from Buffalo Grove, IL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          It took me well over 6 months to decide whether or not to buy this lens. I normally use the 24-70 2.8. This gave me a bit more room for wider shots. Also used quite a bit for a recent trip out of the country! I was very glad it arrived on time.

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By Claudio

          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

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

          Great AF.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great sense & worth the money

          By Ernie

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This sense has delivered beautiful results so far and well worth the cost. Taking it ti Finland in Feb to put the sense through some real tests.

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            5.0

            Landscapes?

            By Enduring Images

            from Fairhope, Alabama

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

            This is an awesome landscape lens. The f/2.8 is great in low light situations. Highly recommend this one for your bag.

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            5.0

            Canon EF 16-35 mm F/2.8 II USM

            By ED-BOB

            from ERIE,PA.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

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

            Sports, Landscape

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Wide Angle Lens

            By Frank D.

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

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

              I love this lens. it is tack sharp and has very little distortion.

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              5.0

              fantastic lense

              By pmac

              from ny, ny

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                the color crispnes and all around quality in contruction of this lens is unmatched

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Way too soft

                By Crash

                from The Tetons

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Coma
                • Did I Mention Soft
                • Fringing
                • Soft

                Best Uses

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

                  This lens is softer toward the edges than the version 1 that I had, but reportedly within specs. As I get more clients wanting finished pieces over 5', the softness of this lens is hurting my business. Combined with wicked Coma making it unusable for night shooting the lens is all but a paperweight now.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic.

                  By Aram Sun

                  from NYC

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Nothing else to say here. This lens is clutch.

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                      5.0

                      Love this lens

                      By dthor

                      from New Braunfels, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • 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 currently use a crop sensor Canon 7D. I use this lens on my 7D in order to get up close photos utilizing the 24 to 52 mm equivalent. It's also good for wide angle inside building, etc.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best lens by Canon !!!

                        By Remy Remus

                        from Bucharest Romania

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          The best example is the photograph ... demo![@]

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          My favorite lens

                          By Rolo

                          from Kailua Kona, HI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • 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:

                            Amazing sharpness for night photography, travel and landscapes. Have had this lens for over a year and it has been my workhorse.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Pretty great

                            By Davy B

                            from Bartlett, IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            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
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              Bought to replace the EF-S 10-22mm I used on the 7D before switching to 5D3. It's the equivalent focal length but opens to 2.8 (great for a lot of light) and is L build quality (=survived a drop on concrete with minor repair). I read great things on the new /4 IS but honestly I have not noticed my 2.8 was soft or anything, granted I haven't compared. but this lens is a great walkarounder and ultra wide fro sure. It can achieve a little booked and it is decent.

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                              • No

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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