Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is a Fixed aperture Auto Focus (AF) Ultra-Wideangle Zoom
lens with 35mm FF max sensor coverage, and it is designed to be used with Canon EF mount cameras.
Canon replaced the older Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L USM with this model and later Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM was replaced with Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM. Follow the links to compare these lenses in detail: Compare Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM vs Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L USM
Compare Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM vs Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM
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What type of photography is the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM lens good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various photography scenarios:
Lenses in Canon EF Mount with Same Focal and Aperture Range
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is a member of Canon's EF L series of lenses. Below you can see the latest lenses in this series.
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Reasons to Buy Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM Lens
Here, we've included a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM lens in a list form to help you determine whether it offers the features you need.
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| Weather Sealed
| Distance Scale
| DoF(Depth of Field) Scale
| Hood supplied
| Full-time Manual Focusing
| Internal Focusing
| Fast Aperture at Wide end
| Fast Aperture at Tele end
| Constant f2.8 aperture throughout the range
| Covers Full-Frame Sensor
| Extreme Wide-angle capability
| Minimum focus distance of 0.28m / 11.0 inch
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Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is compatible with cameras that have Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.
Size, Weight and Filter Thread
Size and weight is a very important decision factor when searching for your next lens. Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM has a maximum diameter of 89mm and total length of 112mm. It weighs 635g / 22.4 oz.
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM has a filter thread of 82mm.
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM has a focal range of 16-35mm and 2.2X zoom ratio. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.6x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 25.6 - 56mm.
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is a weather sealed lens which provides an extra protection to prevent water and dust get inside the lens and camera body under light rain, snow and wind. In order to have an effective protection, you have to pair the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM with a weather sealed camera body such as Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.
Optical Image Stabilization
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM doesn't have an optical image stabilization system so the only option to stabilize the image taken with this lens is to mount on a camera body with IBIS (sensor based In-body image stabilization).
Alternatively, you can check the Canon 16-35mm f4L IS USM in Canon EF mount that have similar focal range but features Optical Image Stabilization.
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Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM features Rotary (internal) zoom method where the length of the lens doesn't change while you are zooming in or out. Even though this design has a size disadvantage in general compare to extending designs, it has the benefits of better sealing against dust and moisture, no zoom creep and no weight balance shift while zooming.
Maximum Magnification Ratio
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM has a Max Magnification Ratio of 0.22x and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m.
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is a fixed aperture lens with a constant max aperture of f2.8 from 16mm all the way to the 35mm .
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM's optical formula consists of 16 elements in 12 groups . Following special elements are used in this design:
- Super Spectra coatings
- 3 aspherical elements
- 2 UD elements
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM comes with a removable lens hood which is handy to reduce lens flare and glare in your photos. The model number of the hood is EW-88.
Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM is available in Black color.
Popular Comparisons of Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM
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