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

(based on 1104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (959)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (122)

  • 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

Nice lens

By Trever

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Photo quality looks good.

 
5.0

Perfect Wide Angle Lens

By Sherwin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

As my first L lens, this wide angle is great. Captures all my landscapes very sharply and would definitely consider buying the next version when I get the money

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Matthew

from Undisclosed

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

Overall great, love the 82mm filter size and the close focus range.

 
5.0

Great lens

By Ray

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very High quality, and fast lens.

 
5.0

Very happy with my purchase

By RAMSA GRAPHICS

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Pretty simple. I needed a wide lens with a low aperture.
When I reached the store I was informed of a newer model, which is sharper at the edges and $500 more... but I am very happy with the performance of this lens.

 
5.0

Love

By Austin G

from Undisclosed

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

It's gold

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Landscape Lens

By Michael

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

My go-to combo for landscapes for the past 2 years has been a 70D with the Ef-s 10-22mm.  Last week I shifted to a 5D Mark IV with the 16-35mm f/2.8L II.  

It's difficult to determine what improvement is due to the full-sensor camera and which to the high-quality lens, but this combo is magic.  The sheer detail of the scenes is amazing.  I know I will be using this lens for a long time to come.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens!

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens! So sharp and crisp. Im a Canon guy through and through and absolutely love the L lenses. This is a go to for landscapes and produces some of the best images. Its not cheap but lenses are really where it is at with photography, so invest! Youll create some great images and have this lens for decades if you care for it

 
5.0

This is a must have lens for weddings and events

By Carl

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a must have lens for weddings and events. Great lens, great price and reliable Canon design.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Would buy in a heart beat.

By Lisha

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful lens it works great and it was very nice for astrophotography.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I will be back

By Kenny

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love it!

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best medium range zoom

By Dave P

from Central Michigan

Verified Buyer

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

As a pro shooter, I only use Canon. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens is sharp even wide open and has great contrast. And, as a pro shooter, I only buy from B&H. Always.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great wide angle lens

By Keeley

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens fills out my basic three lenses I need for taking most pictures. I am very happy with the quality of the picture and it's performance.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another great L lens

By HickoryStPhoto

from Hortonville, WI

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent lens. Very sharp and good in low light. I rented this lens before I bought it so I knew what I was getting. Very glad I made the purchase. I shoot this mostly at 16 to 20 mm because that is what I paid for. It is a good value for a L series lens.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Pairing for 5DIV

By Rob Coventry

from Peoria, IL

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for me new full frame 5D Mark IV, perfect match. Only complaint is that I will have to get different filters because it's wider than my 24-70 and 70-200. But it's an awesome lens.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice rectilinear super wide angle lens

By Frank

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

For my style of photography, this is more of a specialty lens on my full frame camera. Definitely worth having in my kit, but not a lens I'd reach for for event shooting, portraiture or wedding work. However, it's a great for capturing the wholeness of a scene or the size of a crowd. Artistically, it makes a nice pet portrait lens as long as you're lower than the subject. It does a great job at helping to keep lines straight when zoomed out.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of my favorite lenses!

By Evan

from Florida

Verified Buyer

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

I shoot a lot of short films, music videos, and documentaries. And this lens is just amazing! With its constant f/2.8 aperture and very well made glass, it is as sharp as ever and I've been using this non-stop ever since I've gotten it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So nice lense

By Kateryna

from Undisclosed

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

I love it

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing lens!

By Jbmoffat

from Coplay, Pa

Verified Buyer

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

Is everything I expected. Clarity is amazing!

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Canon EF 16-35 f2.8L II

By Shane

from Munster IN

Verified Buyer

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

This is my third copy of this lens. Drowned one in Hawaii shooting Turtles on a 5DII. Second one was recently stolen with my 6D. I shoot about 45 to 50 weddings a year as well as family, sport and other general photography, so I could not be without this lens for long. I hear rumors of a new version 3 coming, but I could not wait and I am happy with this lens. Sure it is not as sharp as a 35 prime, but it is so versatile. I use it mostly for brides getting ready, church photos, and reception dancing on a 5D3. It is great for landscapes too. Corners can be soft at 2.8, but for what I do I tend to have the subject in the middle, and for landscapes I stop down to f8 mostly and its sharp across the frame.

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