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

16-35II
Review Date: Jan 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast focus, sharp at all apertures, good edge sharpness and no CA
Cons:
kind of pricey

I never tried the Mk I of this lens, so I cant really say how much of an improvement this new version is.. but everything about this lens is great so far. I just switched over from a Sigma 15-30, which for the price is very good, but this lens absolutely blows it out of the water in every respect (not to mention i can now use all my filters)
I haven't experienced any of the CA in the corners that a few others have seen, and mine has been quite sharp in the corners even at 2.8. By f/5.6 its the sharpest super-wide ive seen. Not much vignetting either. I was surprised by the macro possibilities, especially with a 12mm extension tube behind it.
If you can afford it and can put it to good use, i cant recommend it enough.