Canon EF 16–35mm lens

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The Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L USM II lens with its included EW-88 hood

The EF 16–35mm lens is a family of professional wide-angle lenses made by Canon Inc. The original version, the EF 16–35mm f/2.8L USM, replaced the EF 17–35mm f/2.8L USM lens, which had itself replaced the EF 20–35 f/2.8L lens.

The lens has an EF mount to work with the EOS line of cameras. Other than the front element, it is sealed against dust and water, and features a diaphragm which remains nearly circular from f/2.8 to f/5.6.[1]

The EF 16–35mm f/2.8L USM was replaced by the EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM early in 2007. The main change saw the lens adopt a new optical design featuring 16 elements in 12 groups.[1] Other changes include a 35g increase in weight, a larger 82mm filter diameter and a longer length.[1]

The model II lens has garnered favorable to excellent reviews, and has been used in independent feature films like Marianne which was shot using a Canon EOS 7D.[2][3][4][5][6]

The next member of the family, the EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM, was announced in May 2014. While it is one stop slower than the other 16–35mm versions, it is the first L-series wide-angle zoom to offer image stabilization.[7][8]

Most recently, Canon announced an upgraded EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM in August 2016, with retail availability expected in October of that year.[9] Canon claims that the Mk III version is more durable than the Mk II version, and according to Digital Photography Review, "the Mark III clearly addresses one of its predecessor's largest shortcomings — poor off-center performance".[10]


Attribute f/2.8L USM f/2.8L II USM f/4L IS USM f/2.8L III USM
Image Canon 16-35 L IMG 0157.JPG Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L USM II.jpg Canon EF 16-35 f4.jpg
Key features
Full-frame compatible Yes Yes
Image stabilizer No No Yes Yes No No
Environmental Sealing Yes Yes Yes Yes (when using a screw-in filter) Yes Yes
Ultrasonic Motor Yes Yes
L-series Yes Yes
Diffractive Optics No No
Technical data
Aperture (max–min) f/2.8–f/22 f/4–f/22 f/2.8–f/22
Construction 10 groups / 14 elements 12 groups / 16 elements 11 groups / 16 elements
# of diaphragm blades 7 9
Closest focusing distance 0.28 m (0.92 ft)
Max. magnification 0.22x 0.23x 0.25x
Horizontal viewing angle 98°–54°
Diagonal viewing angle 108°10'–63°
Vertical viewing angle 74°10'–38°
Physical data
Weight 600 g (1.3 lb) 640 g (1.41 lb) 615 g (1.356 lb) 790 g (1.74 lb)
Maximum diameter 84 mm (3.3 in) 89 mm (3.5 in) 83 mm (3.3 in) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Length 103 mm (4.1 in) 112 mm (4.4 in) 114 mm (4.5 in) 128 mm (5.0 in)
Filter diameter 77 mm 82 mm 77 mm 82 mm
Lens hood EW-83E EW-88 EW-82 EW-88D
Retail information
Release date September 2001 April 2007 May 2014 August 2016
Currently in production? No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MSRP US$ $1,939 (230,000 yen) $1,599 $1,099 $2,199

Similar lenses[edit]

The EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM is Canon's top-end ultra-wide zoom. The f/4 IS USM version is still an L-series lens, but is noticeably less expensive.

  • The EF 20–35mm f/2.8L was Canon's first wide angle zoom lens and precedes the 16–35mm.
  • The EF 17–35mm f/2.8L USM replaced the aforementioned 20–35 and was in turn replaced by the original 16–35.
  • The EF 17–40mm f/4L is still L-class, but is less expensive than any version of the 16–35. It is one stop slower than the 16–35 f/2.8, and lacks the image stabilization of the 16–35 f/4.
  • The EF 20–35mm f/3.5–4.5 USM is consumer-level: significantly lower quality and less expensive.
  • The EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM has an effective angle of view of 16-35mm due to the 1.6x crop factor. An upper consumer-level lens, it can only be mounted to cameras that support the EF-S format and is slower and less expensive.
  • The EF-S 10–18mm f/4.5–5.6 IS STM, announced on the same day as the 16–35 f/4 IS lens, is also exclusive to bodies that support the EF-S format. Intended as a consumer-level lens, it is slower than any other Canon ultrawide zoom, but includes image stabilization and Canon's stepping motor technology. The 10–18 is less than half the price of the 10–22, and a fourth of the price of the 16–35 f/4 IS.


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