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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Mar 6, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Superb range with film (Canon 1V). As sharp as my (now returned) 17-40L - I have to admit to really liking the wide end of this lens...and can't really help any one deciding between the 16-35 and the 17-40...sorry..!
Cons:
Astonishingly expensive!

I read every review I could find online about the 16-35 and the 17-40 lenses - I even bought a 17-40 at one point...and although I thought it performed marvellously, I still ended up with a 16-35 at the end of the day. My main reason for keeping the 16-35 was my (slightly questionable??) reason that I still used 35mm regularly...I had heard lots of negative comments about the 17-40 with film (I still like using film for scanning and printing A3 prints...) However, I bought the 16-35 and I've had lots of lovely slides since..nice and sharp and well focussed...sorry if that upsets the "17-40 is better" brigade, but I think there's room for both lenses in the market place...! My feeling would be that if you don't need f2.8 then the 17-40 would suit you very well, but if the extra stop of light is necessary, then the 16-35 is your on ly option..sounds simple...but believe me, it's not! Good luck! I'm happy with my 16-35!!