Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II

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The Mark II is a very good wide-angle, f/2.8 zoom. The lens is reasonably sharp at the edges and corners and relatively flare resistant. There is a little distortion at extreme wide angle shots, but nothing that isn’t easily corrected in post processing. That being said, if you don’t need the f/2.8 aperture the Canon 17-40 is it’s equal in resolution, perhaps a bit more flare resistant, and far less expensive.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

This was a very good wide angle zoom when first introduced. It’s still considered very good, although certainly not the caliber of the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens.

If you’re doing landscape work and shooting at f/4 or higher, the Canon 17-40 will provide every bit as good of an image at a lower cost. If you’re shooting on a crop sensor camera (T3i, 7D), the 17-55 f/2.8 IS EF-S offers nearly as good an image quality, plus the added benefit of image stabilization. If you need to go as wide as you can get, the Canon 14 f/2.8 is wider with better image quality and less distortion. And if you don’t mind a bit more distortion at the wide end and are not concerned about sunlight flaring in the image, the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 is at least as sharp as the Canon at a better price.

All of this isn’t meant to sound negative. The Canon 16-35 travels with me everywhere because I need the convenience of a zoom, and sometimes I need f/2.8 on my full-frame. In my mind, the 16-35 II is to the wide end what the 100-400 IS is to the long end: a very good do-it-all lens. There are specific lenses better for specific tasks, but the 16-35 is good at everything.
March, 2013

Filter Size
82mm (nonrotating front element)
1.4 lb (without tripod collar)
Minimum Focusing Distance
.92 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
108 to 63 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
Focusing System
Internal, Full time active, USM motor
Aperture Blades
7, circular
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
moderate ghosting, mild to moderate contrast loss
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
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Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $6.00 $43.00 $49.00 $16.33
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7 days $9.00 $62.00 $71.00 $10.14
10 days $12.00 $84.00 $96.00 $9.60
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30 days $27.00 $183.00 $210.00 $7.00
45 days $35.00 $239.00 $274.00 $6.09
60 days $41.00 $279.00 $320.00 $5.33
90 days $52.00 $360.00 $412.00 $4.58
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $43.00 $14.33
4 days $47.00 $11.75
7 days $62.00 $8.86
10 days $84.00 $8.40
14 days $109.00 $7.79
21 days $146.00 $6.95
30 days $183.00 $6.10
45 days $239.00 $5.31
60 days $279.00 $4.65
90 days $360.00 $4.00

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