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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: May 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: On a FF (5D) it is hugely wide - you get views the eye does not see. As a Wide Angle zoom it is brilliant. As a f/2.8 it just sucks in light, making all kinds of photos possible (.. agreed.. it's not a f/1.4 prime). Very usable. I think the sweet spot is around 24mm f/4.5. Well built. Feels solid and reliable.
Cons:
My 1st L lens. While all the pro's are true I did expect more pure image sharpness and image quality. However after a couple of months, and having stopped taking 'test' pictures, and started taking 'real' pictures I just like those images.... Its quite expensive

See the pro's and con's. I do like the f/2.8 range from 16 to 35 mm. I was (& and am still) a bit disappointed by the absolute sharpness of the images. The first copy I had I sent back to Canon for re-calibration - no improvment. My dealer then swopped it for a 2nd copy. Not really that much better. My main probem is I expected an "EXPENSIVE" and "L" lens to outperform my very old 28-135 IS USM consumer lens at equivalent settings e.g. at f4.5 and f/13 at 28 and 35 mm (all other parameters being equal). It just does not do that. However - forgetting what it is (L) and what it costs, and remembering the laws of physics for this lens set-up, and, and, and, and just taking the pictures it lets you take - I like it. I am looking forward to Canon's next attempt at this zoom ability......