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Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM Full-Frame Lens (2016)

MSRP 2199 USDNeo score 80%Ext score 55%

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Product Overview

Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM is a wide-angle zoom lens for Canon EF-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Canon in 2016, it has 16 elements in 11 groups.
Photographers will be pleased by the fact that the lens is internally-zooming, meaning that the barrel does not extend when the focal length is changed. This helps balance and weather sealing; it is also great for long-term durability, as there is less chance for moisture and dirt to get in. For incremental weathers, Canon is kind enough to include weather sealing.
The f/2.8 maximum aperture is quite bright for a wide-angle zoom lens and can be quite valuable for night photography, though an ultra wide-angle lens may prove more interesting. It can also be quite interesting for landscape and general photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb sharpness across the frame
  • Internal zoom
  • Weather-sealed
  • Beautifully crafted
Cons
  • A bit long

What external reviewers found***

Ext 55% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Sharpness and control of chromatic aberration
Cons
  • No APS-C option
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Distance scale
Lens Mount
Canon EF-mount
Motor
Ring-type ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
16 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 dual-surface aspherical, 1 aspherical + fluorine, Air Sphere, Sub-wavelength Structure coatings groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Diameter
89 mm / 3.50 in
Size | Length
128 mm / 5.04 in
Weight
790 g / 27.92 oz

Function

Angle Of View
107.1° Diagonal | 96.7° Horizontal | 73.7° Vertical (wide) ~ 63.5° Diagonal | 54.4° Horizontal | 37.8° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
16 mm ~ 35 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
Internal zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.25x
Min Focus Distance
280 mm / 11.02 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: EW-88D (supplied)
Debut
2016-08-25

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External Reviews

dpreview[1]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The Canon 16-35mm F2.8L II has been one of the most coveted lenses amongst landscape photographers for a fairly long time. The Mark II was a fantastic piece of glass, but struggled in terms of corner sharpness and control of chromatic aberration along the edges and in the corners of the frame. The upgraded version of the Canon lens promised to correct a number of those issues.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness and control of chromatic aberration
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • No APS-C option

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Updating a classic: Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM lens review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/updating-a-classic-canon-16-35mm-f2-8l-iii-lens-review. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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