Save Some Cash On A 16-35 f2.8L II Wide angle Zoom Or Other Canon Gear

October 27th, 2009

If you’ve been browsing around on B&H you may have noticed that there’s some instant cash rebates for a lot of Canon gear. Here’s an example. There is a list of all the cash rebates on the Canon site since they are all manufacturer rebates. The rebates are all good 10/12/2009 through 1/16/2010.

Since my friend Mark and I are both thinking about upgrading our 16-35mm original Canon wide angle zoom lenses to the newer Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II Mark pointed out an unusually insightful review on (it’s the review by matanuska).

The reason I point out this review out is there is always a lot discussion about which is the best Canon ultra-wide angle lens; the 17-40 f/4L or the 16-35 f/2.8L II. Everyone is sure the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 is better but is it better enough to loose auto-focus when used on a Canon body? I think matanuska lays out a pretty rational comparison of these three wide-angle lenses. I’ve all ways rated the 16-35 higher than the 17-40 in my lenses table, but I’ve never run across as good an explanation of why as matanuska gives.

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4 Responses to “Save Some Cash On A 16-35 f2.8L II Wide angle Zoom Or Other Canon Gear”

  • Larry … bad link to Fred Miranda in the text of this post. Should be …

    BTW … love all you do and really enjoy your site, your postings and opinions.


  • Sorry about that, it’s fixed now.

  • With Canon wideangle zooms, be prepared to try several before finding a good copy. Their quality control is apparently mediocre. I have tried several Canon 17-40mm and one 16-35 Ser II. My current 17-40 is adequately sharp in the corners when well stopped down, whereas the 16-35 Ser II I tried was mush at the edges (not just the extreme corners) at any aperture. However, this comparison suggests the 16-35 outperforms the 17-40 with regard to corner sharpness (it certainly does with regard to distortion and chromatic aberration):

  • Rebates are great, but make sure that you cut out the PLU bar code all of the way. I’ve had problems with 2 rebates from Canon, because they couldn’t read the bar code. One was my fault, and the other wasn’t. Just be sure to do everything that they ask on the rebate form and expect a rebate check to take a month or two.

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