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

(based on 1117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (970)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (124)

  • 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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4.0

Great lens

By David

from Undisclosed

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

I had purchased a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 as my wide lens because of the price but after few years, the image is not as good. Seems like dust or mold got inside. I was going to buy another one but I decided to go with this lens. It's a lot more expensive but in the long run, I won't regret it. The zoom is very smooth and the auto focus works great. I'm a videographer and I use canon dual pixel on my C100 when I film and with my Tamron lens, I had a lot of problem when using the auto focus. With Canon lens, it works like a charm! It's a lot of money for a wide angle lens. I don't use it that often, but when I need those wide angle shots, I know I can count on my 16-35mm.

 
5.0

THIS LENS IS SUPER

By Walterc

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am an advanced amateur and had been waiting for this lens to be on sale. I wanted to get a wide angle zoom so I could do more landscapes. I have only used it on four shoots, but have been very impressed. I find that the auto-focus and details are awesome. What has most impressed me is using this lens in low light...the colors and details really shine. I do not have enough experience to make a thorough review, but I am so glad to have added it to my repertoire of Canon Lenses. My only complaint is that it is plastic. Time will tell. I have a couple of photos to show.

 
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,

 
5.0

Great lens

By Isaac

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

None

 
5.0

A must-have

By Sam

from undisclosed

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

Amazing lens. Sharp and wide with no distortion. Perfect for landscapes, real estate, events, and architecture. A must have for a professional or semi-pro shooter's kit

 
4.0

I missed stabilizer in this lense

By Puran

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Need to say it is good but only missing stabilizer other then that it is perfect for wide angle in low light

 
5.0

best choice

By Dongqiao

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

no doubt it's the must-have lens in your backpack!

 
5.0

Great lens

By Monica

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is amazing. It's a lens that every photographer/videographer needs in their lens kit.

 
5.0

Yes would buy again

By Christopher

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for the price. Only used a little so far but very pleased with the purchase

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome !!!

By GC

from Undisclosed

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

Was thinking of getting the new version, however this is not a primary go to lens for me in addition the cost savings are substantial. This version is fantastic and performs as described I am very happy, I am not sure how much better the new version could be.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome !!!

By GC

from Undisclosed

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

Was thinking of getting the new version, however this is not a primary go to lens for me in addition the cost savings are substantial. This version is fantastic and performs as described I am very happy, I am not sure how much better the new version could be.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome !!!

By GC

from Undisclosed

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

Was thinking of getting the new version, however this is not a primary go to lens for me in addition the cost savings are substantial. This version is fantastic and performs as described I am very happy, I am not sure how much better the new version could be.

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

(9 of 9 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.

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