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

(based on 839 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (723)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (776)
  • Strong construction (575)
  • Consistent output (523)
  • Durable (519)
  • Easily interchangeable (388)

Cons

  • Heavy (118)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • 82mm filter size (9)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Price (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (557)
  • Low light (389)
  • Night photography (325)
  • Weddings (310)
  • Video (151)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (217), Photo enthusiast (188), Pro photographer (174), Enthusiast (66), Semi-professional (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (510), Yes (18)

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

my every day lense .

By Wayne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is one of canon home runs !!!

 
5.0

My Favorite L-Len

By Emilio

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this one together with mi Canon 80D, and works perfect, I really recommend this Len,

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome landscape lens

By Fluevog

from Elk Grove, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Ultra wide angle

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

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

    I previously had an APS-C system using the 10-22mm Canon on my 40D for awesome wide photographs. Since upgrading (finally) to the 5D mk3, I've been itching to replace the 10-22mm for the equivelant in full frame. I had used the 16-35 mk1 on my friends 5D and was very happy with the results. The 16-35 mk2 jumps from 77mm to 82mm and thus is not only faster, but takes clearer photos (check out some of the online reviews). Needless to say, I am really happy to finally shoot ultra wide using my 5D body. I have heard rumors that Canon is researching a 14-25mm to compete with the famous Nikon pro lens. When that one comes out, I will be the first in line to get it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Nice update

    By Grouperhound

    from Philadelphia , PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    I use this primarily for landscape but it is also an exceptional lens for close work around subjects indoors and out. It is a replacement for my old 17-35mm f/2.8L. It's considerably sharper of course. The price is lofty, however it sees a lot of use, probably one of my most used lenses.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good lens

    By SSconvert

    from San Mateo, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • 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 just used this lens for the 1st time, 2 nights ago. I am pleased with the range, and sharpness of it.I can't wait to use it more!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      it's and L lens ...

      By Eyal

      from NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • 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:

        you need that epic wide view !? that's your lens

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The first real wide angle zoom lens

        By PB

        from San Dimas CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          With L lens you never disappoint .

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Lens!

          By Recce

          from Upper Peninsula, MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use this lens for multiple purposes. I am a freelance photographer and my range of tasks are anywhere from landscapes, night landscapes, architectural photography and much more.

            This lens is amazing with the quality and sharpness. The 2.8 really comes in handy with night shooting or interior shooting. Another great use is with filming as well, the wide angle gives it that cinematic widescreen feel.

            I haven't had any issues with this lens, and would recommend it to any photographer who does a lot of interior/exterior landscapes, or does filming. This is definitely a must have lens in your arsenal of lenses.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By Tracy

            from Honolulu

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

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

              Love this lens. Great for landscapes. Great on bringing out the colors. May be a tad soft in some areas, but this is a wide angle. Built solid. Over all, I'm very pleased. Great in low light.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Superb wide angle zoom lens

              By Neil the frog prince

              from NYC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I purchased this lens to upgrade and replace my beloved 17-40L. This lens has a fantastic feel. The zoom and focus ring has just the right amount of stiffness and dampening to feel sturdy and secure. Optics and focusing are top notch. I use this lens for group shots and landscape/architecture photographs. It was difficult to pull the trigger on replacing my 17-40 since this lens is double the price - but it is well worth it and I am glad I did.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent!

                By Shaila

                from Puerto Rico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  This is a excellent product

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent, sharp lens

                  By elsyl

                  from Monroe Township, NJ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  A very nice lens for landscape photography

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent lens

                  By Cruffhiker

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    Great for landscapes, good weight to quality ratio (ie worth carrying on long hikes because the images are excellent), worth the price.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Michi

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    See all my reviews

                    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:

                      Very sharp lens. Great for low light and shooting buildings. I also use it a lot for video on a Glidecam HD and it is really the right lens for that application. The perspective you get is ideal.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Super sharp photos! Awesome lens!

                      By laura72568

                      from Anderson TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        I wanted this lens so I sold my 17-40mm f/4 and my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 when I decided I would be upgrading to a full-frame camera soon. This lens is perfect...great Canon quality and great clear photos with bokeh that cannot be beat! I love it!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Everything you could wish for in a lens

                        By Alex

                        from Boston, MA

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

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

                          I bought this lens for wedding photography, and it's excellent. Good glass, wide aperture (anything bigger and the shallow depth of field is too much for my liking, and great for taking photos in tight spaces.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By krecik

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            Great Lens

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing Clarity and Composition

                            By TFP

                            from Santa Rosa, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I love the product for Architectural and Wedding shoots, but even have fun just using it with my own kids. Very happy with the results.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              New Inspiration

                              By RockinRoger

                              from Goleta, CA

                              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
                                • Night Photography
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                This is my first "L" series lens and I could not be more pleaseed with it. The 16-35mm range coupled to my 7D is giving me fresh new photographic inspiration. Most impressive are the clarity of the images in my initial shooting experiences. Equally impressive is the speed of the auto focus which is very fast. This is a stout, well built tool which feels of quality. I look forward to utilizing the great f/stop range for better and more creative photos. As I am able I will assuredly be purchasing more of the "L" type lenses.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                5.0

                                Good Lens

                                By kay

                                from hudson, oh

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                  Nice lens. Easy to use and works great for landscape photography.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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