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

Zoom lens for Canon EOS SLR cameras

Item #: 280EF1635

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Versatile lens that's perfect for everyday photography

Canon designed this lens for premium performance with their EOS SLR cameras. It features a focal range that's ideal for capturing everyday and wide-angle shots. A large maximum aperture throughout the focal range means you'll get well-exposed photos, even when shooting in lower light with slower shutter speeds. Use this lens on your camera when you're hiking, and you'll be able to take group photos at dusk without using a flash, or snap pictures of a sweeping landscape from the top of a mountain.

Designed for great optical performance

Superior optics ensure you'll get crystal-clear, high-contrast images. Your photos will be clear and detailed across the entire field of view — from one edge to the other — thanks to three aspherical elements. A powerful ultrasonic motor (USM) provides silent, precise auto focusing.

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Product Highlights:

  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens
  • compatible with Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 16-35mm with full-frame digital or film cameras
    • 26-56mm on APS-C sensor cameras
  • Canon L Series lens with three aspherical elements for superior image quality
  • selectable full-time manual focusing
  • ring-type Ultrasonic Motor for fast, silent autofocus
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • minimum focus distance: 11 inches
  • constructed of 16 elements in 12 groups
  • filter size: 82mm
  • lens is 3-1/2" in diameter, 4-7/16" long
  • weight: 22.6 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
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Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens
  • E-82mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Rear cap (installed)
  • EW-88 Lens hood
  • LP1319 Lens case
  • Instruction book
  • Warranty card

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 16-35mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Weight 22.4 oz.
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Overview: The Canon EF16-35mm F2.8L II USM lens is a high-performance, water-resistant, and ultra-wide angle Canon L-series lens. The lens features an Ultrasonic Motor (USM). The lens features three high-precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica, and GMo for even better image quality than the original EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM. The lens includes the LP1319 Lens Case and the EW-88 Lens Hood.

Ultrasonic Motor (USM): The EF 16-35mm lens is equipped with a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for silent, high-speed auto focusing.

Focusing Ring: Regardless of whether you're in manual or auto focus mode, the focusing ring always works. This means you can auto focus on a subject, but manually change the focus by turning the focusing ring.

Focus Mode Switch: You can switch between Auto Focus and Manual Focus using the two-way switch on the barrel of the lens.

Zoom Ring: The lens has a rotary type zoom ring. The lens barrel indicates the zoom range between 16mm and 35mm, with marks at 20mm, 24mm, and 28mm.

Water/Dust Resistance: The lens mount has a rubber ring for enhanced water- and dust-resistance.

Lens Hood: The lens kit includes the EW-88 lens hood to keep unwanted light out of the lens, and protects the front of the lens. The hood can be reverse-mounted on the lens for storage. When installed, the hood adds approximately 1-3/16" to the overall length and 13/16" to the overall diameter of the lens.

Optional Filters: The EF 16-35mm lens has an 82mm mounting thread on the front of lens for attaching screw-on type filters.


  • Focal Length/Aperture: 16-35mm f/2.8
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Angle of View:
    • Diagonal: 108° 10' - 63°
    • Vertical: 74° 10' - 38°
    • Horizontal: 98° - 54°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9' (10.8") or 0.28 meters
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 3.484"
    • Length: 4.604" (5.247" with caps)
    • Weight: 22.4 ounces

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The Beast Of Wide-Angle Zooms

Written By Jaime, Long Beach on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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For the sake of helpfulness, I will write this review with 3 sections:

1) How I use it: - I use this lens for anything from artistic photography, to portraiture, to event coverage with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

2) What's great about it: - The lens is not too heavy, with an amazing build quality. This is real "L" glass. - It has amazing bokeh and gets amazing colors and tack-sharp images. - It's not too bulky for a lens, except at the front elements, but that's okay! - When combined with the rest of my f/2.8L zoom lenses, it gives me consistently good lighting, sharp-imaging, and is well worth the investment over the cheaper Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens.

3) What's not so great about it: - I do wish that the filter size wasn't 82mm, since I'm used to 77mm filter sizes for my other "L" lenses, but I don't think it's too big of a deal. - Distortion is something you'll have to get used to when shooting wide, but it's also artistic when you apply it the right way!

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