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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Nov 25, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp, great contrast, solid build

Fantastic wide angle lens that really shines on a full frame body such as the Canon 5D Mark II.

I originally had the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM which produced good images with high contrast and good colour reproduction, but sharpness was poor. In comparison, the 16-35mm II is ultra-sharp in the middle and more than acceptable in the corners (even when pixel peeping), with fantastic contrast and colours. The AF is fast and the build is solid.

Some sample photos on different bodies:

5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157757391/in/photostream
5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157760781/in/photostream
5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157758417/in/photostream
7D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157759497/in/photostream
7D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6158293534/in/photostream
20D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157752733/in/photostream

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Nov 25, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Contrast, flare, accurate AF, sharp at f/2.8, solid build

I originally had the Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and found the image quality great for the price paid, however it did struggle with autofocus.

I paid 3x as much for the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, and yes the autofocus was much faster, and while the image quality wasn't that much better than the Sigmas, the colours were cleaner and contrast seemed slightly better.

Samples of images with different camera bodies:

Canon 20D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157762929/in/photostream
Canon 20D: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6158306792/in/photostream
Canon 5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6157762289/in/photostream
Canon 5D II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/filipmakowski/6158291826/in/photostream