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Canon 16-35 F2.8 refurbish or F4 New

Scott ­ M
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Nov 14, 2017 18:28 |  #16

I love my 16-35mm f/4 IS. I bought it when the lens first came out for a trip to Alaska, so there was no refurbished option then. Unless you absolutely need f/2.8, I would go with the f/4 version but do as others suggest and get a refurbished copy. If a refurb is good enough for you with the f/2.8 version, it should also be acceptable for the f/4.

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Nov 14, 2017 18:38 |  #17

I've done a TON of research on both of these as I am looking to get one as well and unless you need the 2.8 for low light or bokeh, the f/4 is better in almost every aspect. Also, just from reading all of the posts above, it's making me want to run out and buy one at this very moment!

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Nov 14, 2017 23:52 |  #18

The 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the 16-35mm f/2.8L USM "III" have the best image quality and sharpness from corner to corner and edge to edge.

The original 16-35mm f/2.8L, f/2.8 "II" and 17-40mm f/4L simply aren't as sharp throughout their image area. I'd pass on those.

I'll be buying the 16-35mm f/4L when I upgrade my full frame camera. I prefer it's smaller size, lighter weight, lower price, smaller diameter filters and the IS makes it quite versatile. I rarely need smaller than f/4 wide angle lens, anyway. Usually I'm stopping that type of lens down to a middle aperture for increased depth of field... not using it wide open.

f/2.8 might be important to someone doing a lot of night photography or photojournalism. But I don't.

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Nov 15, 2017 05:03 |  #19

So a long time ago I had a 16-35 f/4, and I sold it when I purchased the 16-35 f/2.8 III (I know the OP is talking about the vII, but the general feature set is the same as the vIII).

A short month later, when I realized that f/2.8, increased bulk and cost, and lack of IS made nearly zero impact on my photography, the f/2.8 III was sold and I adopted a refurb f/4 IS.

The 16-35 f/4 IS is a rock-solid lens. Given it's cost:benefit ratio, we're lucky to have such an optic available to us.

(I've had zero issues with this refurb, or any Canon refurb. Buy with confidence)

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