Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

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$1,299
16-35 mm
autofocus 2.2x zoom lens
f/2.8
fixed aperture
  • Canon L Series Professional
  • Canon USM Built-in focus motor

reviewswhat are people saying

"Coupled with a full frame body like the 5DMII this is an excellent lens for architecture, interior or any form of landscape photography."

bhphotovideo.com

"Great all round lens. Super crisp and clean. Worth every dollar of the price."

bhphotovideo.com

"I think the quality and color of this lens is terrible. Pictures are dull and lack sharpness."

bhphotovideo.com

compatibilitywith digital cameras

Pros

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM vs other Digital camera lenses

Auto focus Supports autofocus Help
Easier to use
Min focal length Great wide angle lens Help
16 mm
Fixed aperture Fixed aperture Help
The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths

Cons

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM vs other Digital camera lenses

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Prime lens Zoom lens Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Max focal length Poor telephoto lens Help
35 mm

Specifications

General

Min focal length
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16 mm
Max focal length
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35 mm
below average below average
Zoom range
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2.2x
Magnification
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1:4.5 (0.2)

Aperture

Wide maximum
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f/2.8
Wide minimum
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f/22
Tele maximum
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f/2.8
Tele minimum
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f/22

Features

Auto focus
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Yes
above average above average
Focus motor
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Canon USM
Image stabilization
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None
Fisheye
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No
Tilt-shift
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No

Form factor

Lens mount
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Canon EF (Full-frame)
Length
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112 mm
Diameter
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89 mm
Filter size
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82 mm
Weight
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0.6 kg

Angle of view

Wide horizontal
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96.7°
above average above average
Telephoto horizontal
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54.4°
Wide vertical
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73.7°
above average above average
Telephoto vertical
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37.8°
Wide diagonal
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107°
above average above average
Telephoto diagonal
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63.4°

Angle of view (On Canon EF-S APS-C 1.5x crop cameras)

Wide horizontal
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72.8°
Telephoto horizontal
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37.3°
Wide vertical
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52.6°
Telephoto vertical
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25.4°
Wide diagonal
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83.2°
above average above average
Telephoto diagonal
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44.2°

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Avatar for Josoman Josoman (0:45 PM, December 07, 2013)
Lenses like this one typically don't need IS because you are shooting Landscape or Architecture... this is what this lens is designed for... IS is for lenses that provide more zoom... and if you are into Architecture Photography then you have to use a Tripod anyway!
 
mike (11:02 PM, March 30, 2013)
i wanna buy the EOS 5D Mark III with this lens but none of them has image stabilizer ....... so am worried about this ????.......
 
Avatar for Daniel Cormier Daniel Cormier (8:05 PM, December 30, 2012)
No, it isn't. There is some distortion typical of a super-wide angle lens like this, but it's not like a fisheye lens.
 
Avatar for Alfan Zakiyanto Alfan Zakiyanto (7:50 AM, June 17, 2012)
is it really a fisheye lens?
 
Dave (11:52 PM, May 25, 2011)
I use this lens for work and it is truly amazing. The picture quality is outstanding at any focal length. 
 
Kim (7:42 PM, January 20, 2011)
Have found this lens good at 16 - 24mm but above that resolution just falls apart. Has anyone else found the same, or do I just have an expensive duff example? Kim