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Finally making the 16-35 II jump (from 17-40)

 
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Dec 30, 2013 17:33 |  #1

After years of contemplating the 16-35 II, I finally pulled the trigger on it with B&H... Deal was just so tempting! The double dip rebate for $1329 plus the last day for Discover 5% cashback and B&H 2% (-$78 and $-30 from $1529) takes my total to about $1220... Not to mention the free overnight shipping (which I think will be delivered tomorrow via UPS which is air only delivery tomorrow). All the stars aligned to get my GAS roarin'! :D

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I have been a huge fan of the 17-40... I simply love it! I understand the 16-35 II will gain me almost no real IQ difference other than extreme corners, but the f/2.8 is really desired now with my few gigs in the summer doing event photography (low light, stage type lighting). The f/4 was pushing it, although it did OK in those situations... I look forward to having 16mm at f/2.8 though. I debated the 14L II, but for my shooting it is just too limiting (plus, I would rather just pick up another Rokinon 14mm for that!).

Hoping I don't regret the $600 upgrade costs... I don't think I will, as long as I get a good copy (knowing my luck, something will be broken or decentered). But my current 17-40 is just so darn good, I worry... Its perfectly centered, sharp wide open end to end, etc... I just hope the 16-35 II is just as solid in performance!

Hoping for the best! :p:D


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Dec 30, 2013 18:18 |  #2

Invertalon wrote in post #16565109 (external link)
After years of contemplating the 16-35 II, I finally pulled the trigger on it with B&H... Deal was just so tempting! The double dip rebate for $1329 plus the last day for Discover 5% cashback and B&H 2% (-$78 and $-30 from $1529) takes my total to about $1220... Not to mention the free overnight shipping (which I think will be delivered tomorrow via UPS which is air only delivery tomorrow). All the stars aligned to get my GAS roarin'! :D

Anywho...

I have been a huge fan of the 17-40... I simply love it! I understand the 16-35 II will gain me almost no real IQ difference other than extreme corners, but the f/2.8 is really desired now with my few gigs in the summer doing event photography (low light, stage type lighting). The f/4 was pushing it, although it did OK in those situations... I look forward to having 16mm at f/2.8 though. I debated the 14L II, but for my shooting it is just too limiting (plus, I would rather just pick up another Rokinon 14mm for that!).

Hoping I don't regret the $600 upgrade costs... I don't think I will, as long as I get a good copy (knowing my luck, something will be broken or decentered). But my current 17-40 is just so darn good, I worry... Its perfectly centered, sharp wide open end to end, etc... I just hope the 16-35 II is just as solid in performance!

Hoping for the best! :p:D

good luck :) I'm a big UWA fan, and I love my 17-40. I was actually considering getting a sigma 12-24, but I'm been bitten by their AF bug before and i'm very hesitant to try again. can't beat canon :) enjoy it. great deal.


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Dec 30, 2013 18:47 |  #3

Great lens.. I have been using it a lot lately but not under 24mm as distortion is to much at close range


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Dec 30, 2013 18:48 |  #4

ilumo wrote in post #16565228 (external link)
good luck :) I was actually considering getting a sigma 12-24.

Isn't that a crop lens??


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Dec 30, 2013 18:53 |  #5

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16565284 (external link)
Isn't that a crop lens??

No, it is a FF lens but review have been lukewarm at best. I personally wouldn't waste my money unless the extreme WA of 12-14 is of interest to you. Otherwise, I would just get a 14/28 Rokinon instead.


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Dec 30, 2013 19:02 |  #6

Scrumhalf wrote in post #16565290 (external link)
No, it is a FF lens but review have been lukewarm at best. I personally wouldn't waste my money unless the extreme WA of 12-14 is of interest to you. Otherwise, I would just get a 14/28 Rokinon instead.

Bl00dy hell that is wide... !! Too wide for me ...


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Dec 30, 2013 19:13 |  #7

I would love a 12-24 if Canon made one. Hell, a 14-28 would be great as well!


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Dec 30, 2013 21:37 |  #8

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16565310 (external link)
Bl00dy hell that is wide... !! Too wide for me ...

That's what she said. :)

Sorry couldn't resist.


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Dec 31, 2013 06:26 |  #9

skater911 wrote in post #16565685 (external link)
That's what she said. :)

Sorry couldn't resist.

LMAO... bw!


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Dec 31, 2013 09:41 |  #10

16-35 will be waiting for me at home today! Thankfully work is letting us go early today at 3pm :D

UPS had weather issues this morning and I got an email that delivery would be delayed until Thursday... Was pretty bummed out. For whatever reason, it still made it to my local facility and was delivered to my house. So now it just awaits to be mounted :D


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Dec 31, 2013 14:47 |  #11

Just got in and playing around with the lens... Overall, it looks really good wide open and very sharp. I am surprised how sharp the center is wide open... Quite significant difference over the 17-40L (which I did not expect).

However, the USM is making a very high frequency squeak noise when focus goes back/forth. I actually found somebody on DPreview with same noise on their 17-40 (his video): http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=0GVLTJHHRrQ (external link)

Its identical in sound... So it looks like I may have to exchange it now, such a PITA. Now I just hope my replacement will be as sharp as this one, because I really like this copy.

BTW, B&H is packing lenses really well these days... Very thick, tightly packed bubble wrap. The lens is very secure, much better than the airbags so many use.


UPDATE: Just got off phone with B&H and they sending out replacement today via overnight... Also got my RMA to send the defect back. Had to pay for the replacement, but I wanted to be sure to get it processed today so no rebate issues (Discover ends today... which would have not been an issue with exchange, but Canon with the January 4th deadline might of been if the replacement receipt printed after that?). Either way, I should have the replacement Thursday or Friday depending if it goes out today.


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Dec 31, 2013 17:35 as a reply to  @ Invertalon's post |  #12

congratz on the 16-35L-
I sure want one!

trying to stay focused on the 24 1.4 ii as the next...

dangit! wutta bummer about the first copy- good luck w the second one.

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