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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2013, 01:20:37 AM »
However, when you have lightsources in your frame, I felt the sun-stars produced by the 16-35 II looked better than the sun-stars produced by the 17-40 stopped down to f8 and  onward. This aesthetic choice may vary from person to person.

this. 


Yes, I like the sunstars with the 16-35L II.  But, can we see some examples of the not-as-nice ones from the 17-40?


17-40 sunstars examples
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nblain/8916365476/#in/pool-17-40ff/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28682226@N05/8970694376/#in/pool-17-40ff
http://www.flickr.com/photos/quichbill/8628416467/#in/pool-17-40ff

I kind of like this one though: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoops510/8946512922/#in/pool-17-40ff
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2013, 01:20:37 AM »

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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2013, 02:23:08 AM »
isn't it really interesting how the 17-40 is exhibiting both 8 point and 14 point stars?

anyone know how that's possible?

EDIT: oh wait, the first image is the 24-105 based on exif



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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2013, 02:54:57 AM »
isn't it really interesting how the 17-40 is exhibiting both 8 point and 14 point stars?

anyone know how that's possible?

EDIT: oh wait, the first image is the 24-105 based on exif




Lol, good catch. Thanks for the heads up. That photo was submitted to the 17-40L group by the user, should have double checked the exif. Thanks. >_<

Edit: I have removed the link to this photo. Thanks again.
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2013, 08:28:10 AM »
The sunstars with the 16-35 are among the best I've ever seen on any lens.
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2013, 01:45:07 PM »
even if (when) canon releases a 14-24, i'll stick with this lens as my primary UWA.

24-35 is just too useful a range to give up w/o changing lenses, and i'm skeptical as to whether the new 14-24 would even have filter threads, or at least be a size matching the set i already own.

now if canon decided to release a mkIII (highly doubtful anytime in the near futuer) with improved corners at 2.8-5.6 and 35mm that wasn't soft in the center at 2.8, i would be overwhelmed with happiness ;D

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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #35 on: June 07, 2013, 02:21:42 PM »
Thanks a lot for all the kind answers... I think I'll try to go for a good used 16-35L II, if I can find one! Right now I'd prefer not to spend over 1000$ (or €, in my case).

But maybe I will give a look to the Tokina 16-28 too... I didn't know anything about this lens, and the reviews seem very favourable.

Used prices will probably be closer to the $1200-1300 range...I picked up mine used from adorama...and...what is it doing...it is mounted on my mk3 right now!
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #36 on: June 08, 2013, 12:31:43 AM »
It's worth it for me because of the f2.8 and versatility of zoom. It's sharp enough but certainly is not the sharpest wide lens, particularly mid-frame to the edges. If I want razor sharp for landscapes, I'll reach for my 24mm TSE II or 24-70mm f2.8II, if the ultra wide end isn't needed. 
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #37 on: June 08, 2013, 02:04:56 AM »
even if (when) canon releases a 14-24, i'll stick with this lens as my primary UWA.

24-35 is just too useful a range to give up w/o changing lenses, and i'm skeptical as to whether the new 14-24 would even have filter threads, or at least be a size matching the set i already own.

now if canon decided to release a mkIII (highly doubtful anytime in the near futuer) with improved corners at 2.8-5.6 and 35mm that wasn't soft in the center at 2.8, i would be overwhelmed with happiness ;D

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This lens does a great juggling act between image quality, versatility, and the limits of lens technology. That said, I agree that image quality was where the compromise was made with this lens. This lens has an incredible focal range, it's light, and it's reasonably priced for what you get. But it's not super sharp. And corners are often soft, distorted, and full of fringing.

Like many folks here, I would prefer a 14-24mm with improved IQ. That said, If I could have only two lenses, the 16-35mm would be high on that list.

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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #38 on: June 08, 2013, 08:03:38 AM »
I've found a guy who sells a 16-35L II with residual warranty until next november at 900€. The lowest price for the new is 1250€: I think I'll give this used lens a try and maybe I'll buy it!
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #39 on: June 08, 2013, 08:40:10 AM »
The sunstars with the 16-35 are among the best I've ever seen on any lens.

You should see the sun stars on the 24-70ii, if that's the case (if you haven't already). At f8 they're remarkable.

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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #40 on: June 08, 2013, 09:44:55 AM »
The sunstars with the 16-35 are among the best I've ever seen on any lens.

You should see the sun stars on the 24-70ii, if that's the case (if you haven't already). At f8 they're remarkable.

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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #41 on: June 08, 2013, 09:49:09 AM »
Mid afternoon. crop nearly 60%. 5D III + 24-70 II F7

That's a great shot. I like the angle that you took this shot.

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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #42 on: June 09, 2013, 01:48:55 PM »
Hey, could someone please help me determine the production date of this lens? It's the 16-35L II I'm about to buy used, but I can't figure how to read the code:


link: http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/697/mg0012w.jpg

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2013, 02:32:04 PM »
Hey, could someone please help me determine the production date of this lens? It's the 16-35L II I'm about to buy used, but I can't figure how to read the code:


link: http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/697/mg0012w.jpg

Thanks a lot!


Google.  Canon lens date code and select the first hit.

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Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« Reply #44 on: June 09, 2013, 02:33:43 PM »
Hey, could someone please help me determine the production date of this lens? It's the 16-35L II I'm about to buy used, but I can't figure how to read the code:


link: http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/697/mg0012w.jpg

Thanks a lot!


Seems the date code on this lens is: UA0810 (?)

According to http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx this lens was produced August 2012 or even 1986. ;-)
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