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

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This is one of those truly great lenses, the basic truth about photography is that the equipment does not matter and that any camera or lens that half works will get the image better in the right hands than the best equipment money can buy if the user is uncreative. Of course that is true, but when all is said and done some bits of kit do help motivate the professional photographer no end.  This is one of those bits of £1500 glass and plastic, when we have this in our hands we feel like the gods are with us in every shot… and for some reason these “cheat bits of kit” never ever seem to be cheap bits of kit.

looks like nothing at all, doesn’t it…

I like Nikon, they make nicer cameras and lenses than canon, they auto focus better, they feel better, they just seem to be ready fast and a more willing partner than any Canon.

But sometimes Canon just get it so right, and this lens is one of those times. No other company has managed to make anything quite as good as this lens at these focal lengths / aperture.

The way this lens pulls in light is just somehow different to all other wide zooms and even the very best wide angle primes are only as good.  The images just look alive, the boken is great and the pictures are sharp and contrasty in a way that makes every image almost 3D. Side by side this lens just knocks the boots off anything that i have ever put up against it.  If you have  a canon 5D mkII or a 7D do your self a bit favour (at £1500 it is a very big favour) and get this lens.

If you use Nikon professionally like we do, maybe you should have one canon body so you can use this lens?….


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