Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L....what's the difference?

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  1. robbie_vlad

    robbie_vlad TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking into buying a new lens and I know what I want...a wide-angle zoom lens. Before I go about spending the money on this lens (it being an L series, its not exactly cheap) I need some help.

    I've seen both the

    EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
    and the
    EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

    being sold used.

    What I would like to know is if there is really any great difference between the two, how much of a difference, if anyone has one (or both) and if the II is really worth the extra money (buying used). Thanks.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I remember reading that the newer II version was improved over the old version...but it's hard to say by how much. Can you find any reviews for the II version, a good review would probably compare it to the first.

    From HERE;
     
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    it's just weather sealing I believe, but I could be wrong.
     
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    Its sharper and has less barrel distortion. Less CA. Weather sealing is the same, its an L.
     
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    Thanks, I've done some reading and it doesnt seem like the few minor improvements on the II justify the extra ~$450. Anyone on here own one?
     
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    Do you have a full frame camera? If not, you may want to consider a wider lens, like a 10-20 or 11-24. A 10mm lens on a cropped frame camera is the same as a 16mm on a full frame camera.
     
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    If wide angle is the way that you want to go there is really on one option and the would be the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
     
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    Not really. There are several good lenses in this zoom range, like the Sigma 10-20mm. A large aperture is not all that important in a landscape lens.
     
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    robbie_vlad TPF Noob!

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    I have a XTi right now, but I plan on making an upgrade to a full-frame after I get some glass that I'm happy with. Thats why I'm looking at lenses that will work on a full-frame for the future.
     
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    Being an owner of a 16-35mm f2.8L II the one thing I will say is that it is one outstanding piece of glass that is usable on any of Canon's bodies be it the 1.6, 1.3 or FF sensor. You just have to understand what you have on the body. It is a marvelous lens on a 1.6 crop in the wide to normal range and is very suitable for event photography such as family gatherings, parties, etc as well as any other need for that range. I love it for urban work.

    Combined with the 24-70 f2.8L and the 70-200 f2.8L you could in those three lenses cover a majority of most shooting needs. It is a trifecta of lenses that I use constantly. The build is superb, as you would expect from an L lens and the optics of the Mark II version are improved over the Mark one I version in the corner sharpness. Center sharpness is crisp.
     

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