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16-35L Question For Owners.  
User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1056 posts, RR: 34
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Hi Guys
Just wondering how soft your 16-35L's are in the corners when shooting at F2.8.
I just picked one up and its pretty average compared to my 17-40L which is outstanding when operating wide open at F4.
Just wondering if i have a dud 16-35L or an awesome 17-40L.
Thanks
Darren


2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

I rented one as a trial and did not notice any softness in the corners. It seemed very sharp across the entire range. But not having any planned use for it at this time I opted not to purchase it.

--Jeff


User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1056 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Thanks Jeff.
I am thinking of renting another to do a bit of a comparison and see just how soft it is.
Looking at some of Fred Miranda's 3.2 photo's it looks real soft.
Darren



2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2019 times:

Been using it for a while now- never any soft problems at all

JP


User currently offlineFireguy274 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 299 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

I bought one and returned it Dehowie...I read alot of reviews on it and some people found the same thing...I found the pictures very average. I have a 17-40 which I feel is sharper...Just my opinion....Artie

User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1056 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Thanks Guys
Its quite ok across the centre but the corners are far softer than the 17-40.
OPtions at the moment are to keep it and use my 17-40 which is a ripper and just use the 16-35 for low light work.
Same here Artie it seems Canon have real issues with the QC when it come to lenses worth big big money.
Many people have returned 16-35's for this exact reason(softness when wide open)and even the good ones don't seem to match at least my 17-40.
Thanks for the input guys.
Darren



2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

The 16-35 is well known for being inferior and a lot less ahrper thant the 17-40! i nearly bought it but was told and showed the 17-40 being alot sharper!!!

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

There's a head-to-head comparison here:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/canon-17-40.shtml
Cheers,
Eduard


User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1885 times:

That comparison is really interesting. I've got the 16-35, and I actually bought it just before the 17-40 came out... I am very surprised that the cheaper lens can beat the more expensive one in so many areas.

But I must also say that the 17-40 is a little dark at f4. Even some cheap third-party ultra wides are faster.



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User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1056 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

I think it still comes down to Canons very poor quality control for there L lenses.
I took me two exchanges to get a good 17-40 and the one i have is very nice indeed.
Has great sharpness at F4,good color and overall is very nice.
Needing the F2.8 i have picked up a 16-35 with the intention of selling the 17-40.
However like many many others i have got a 16-35 which is very nice from F3.2-3.6 upwards but is soft as in the corners at 2.8.
Given that you buy this lens over the 17-40 for the 2.8 and its pretty impressive price you would get a product which is at least usable.
Like many others i am in the dissapointed 16-35 users group.
If you can find a good one they are awesome but from reading it seems like thats about 1 in 5 who atually do get a good one.
Darren



2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
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