I have used this version and the older version. This version of the lens is better. It flares less and it is better in the corners but they are still not sharp enough for my tastes. It is 2.8f which can give some flare if you work to make it happen. It is nice and clear even above 20mm. Some claim there is. There may be in the fine details. So it may not be good for portraits and detail work. It is great for landscapes and other wide shots where you will not notice small losses in clarity.
Over all though there is not a lot of difference between the new and old version of this Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens. The original is not much of a loss with a bit more flare to it. Flare is minor and easily fixed with a photo program. So the original may be better for the lesser cost. The soft edges will not show with a full frame camera so this is a good lens for that type of camera. This is also much less of a problem if you are using a tripod but soft edges are a larger problem when shooting a camera by hand which we all must do at times.
I don't have many lenses in this price range so it is difficult to compare how it performs to others but I know it has the best reputation. I do have other cannon lenses and the quality is all about the same. This is best for images you will not need to crop much if at all later. If you are going to shoot at less than full frame or need to save money just get the first version. If you need good clarity then try both and see which is going to work best for you. But if you need the best clarity and might do some cropping so need those clean edges then get the new version.
And this Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens is not big and heavy. It weighs in at a mere 1.4 pounds. This Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens is superior to other less heavy lenses and is made from better material. It is not a very large lens and may be a bit different of a grip on your camera than you are used to. It is by far the best image quality you can get for the price. It is worth is and beats the price of those truly expensive lenses that do not do all that much better. It gives you nice bright images and reacts quickly when focusing.
If you are using your camera to take pictures of animals or wildlife then you will appreciate that this Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens is as quite as it is fast. It does well in close and from a far though close images do tend to be softer. The resolution is nice and high which does help with the sharper images than in the past. All in all it is a very good lens in a good price range.
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 09:40:16 +0000
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