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Canon 16-35 F2.8 refurbish or F4 New

 
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Nov 07, 2017 12:45 |  #1

Canon current on sale 16-35 f2.8 refurbish for $950, also I look at 16-35 F4 new about the same price with F2.8 use.
Please give me some advice which one is a good deal.
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Nov 07, 2017 13:06 |  #2

I would say get a refurb 16-35 f/4 for even less :)

It depends on what's important to you; do you need f/2.8? If so then the answer is obvious.
If not then the f/4 is sharper, a little cheaper, a little lighter, and has IS for a low-light hand-holding advantage.

Can you tell that I love my 16-35 f/4L IS?




  
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Nov 07, 2017 13:30 |  #3

Always found that the f2.8 lenses are too heavy......

Saying that, I received my new 16-35 f4 today, and really liking it. Excuse my ignorance with US prices, but the 16-35 f2.8 refurbished is the version II?

Guess it is down to whether you want the f2.8 aperture or the trade-off for IS.

It largely depends on the the type of photography you shoot. If pro, then probably the f2.8, otherwise the F4!

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Nov 07, 2017 13:47 |  #4

Neither.

Look for a refurb 16-35 F4. You can pick one up for under $800. I wouldn't get the F2.8 unless you absolutely need to go faster than F4.


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Nov 07, 2017 14:28 |  #5

jimmyt wrote in post #18490952 (external link)
Canon current on sale 16-35 f2.8 refurbish for $950, also I look at 16-35 F4 new about the same price with F2.8 use.
Please give me some advice which one is a good deal.
Thanks

You either have a very specific reason to shoot at F2.8 at this focal length, or you don't. So if you don't have a very specific reason and need that F2.8, then you don't need the F2.8 lens at all.

Refurb 16-35 F4L IS is a much better buy and much better lens with great image stabilization and modern micro-contrast.

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Nov 07, 2017 16:51 |  #6

As an owner of a 1Dx2 I would get the 16-34 F4 IS in a heartbeat

The IS capabilities of this 16-35 F4 are amazing. Your talking 1/15 -1/10 with a flash and you freeze motion. Its going to nullify anything the F/2.8 can do.......on top of that....Your often at F/3.2-3.5 with 2 people anyway

makes more sense to have an updated sensor and use F/4 glass now in my humble opinion and use fast glass when you need the Bokeh


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Nov 07, 2017 16:57 |  #7

The only reason to get a f2.8 would be if your cameras focus depended on being critical at F2.8 otherwise go with the f4. It's a really good sharp lens and works well at f4


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Nov 07, 2017 18:15 |  #8

I was in the same position but found a clean 24/1.4II. Otherwise, I would have waited for a 16-35/4.


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Nov 07, 2017 20:01 |  #9

Jimmy.
No brainer for me.
16-35 f/4 L IS NEW.
Hand held at 1/10" razor sharp.


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Nov 08, 2017 07:10 |  #10

A hew 16-35 IS.....hands down. The 16-35 II is now an old lens. Resale in a year maybe $750 if you can find a buyer.




  
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Nov 08, 2017 07:38 |  #11

shocolite wrote in post #18490995 (external link)
Excuse my ignorance with US prices, but the 16-35 f2.8 refurbished is the version II?

https://shop.usa.canon​.com …mm-f4l-is-usm-refurbished (external link) is US$880 but currently shown as out of stock.

https://shop.usa.canon​.com …-f-28l-ii-usm-refurbished (external link) is US$1080 after a $200 discount.

As a point of comparison the III version is https://shop.usa.canon​.com …-f28l-iii-usm-refurbished (external link) and is US$1759. Yikes!

Those are Canon refurb prices. Other prices of course may exist.




  
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Nov 08, 2017 11:58 |  #12

I own a 16-35 f2.8 II that has many, many miles on it. I love its range of views, but I've grown tired of the lack of sharpness at the edges, and in particular for some reason, on the right side. It probably needs to be worked on.
I found a 16-35 f4 IS on Canon's refurb site for under $800, as others have noted, and grabbed it about two weeks ago. What a sweet lens for a decent price! Sharp edge-to-edge and the rendition of colors seems better, too. Will I miss being able to open it to 2.8? Not likely. I'll hang on to the old lens since I can't get much for it used. May join Canon CPS and ship it in for a checkup.


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Nov 08, 2017 12:11 |  #13

The 16-35 F4 is a fairly common lens on the used/refurb market. Just have patience and you'll pick one up well south of $800.


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Nov 09, 2017 00:50 |  #14

I own the 100-400 IS II, 70-200 IS II, 300 2.8 IS, 135 F2, 24-70 2.8 II, 50 1.8, 16-35 F4, and a Sigma 15 2.8. The 16-35 F4 is my favorite of the bunch... Get one! I assure you that you will not regret it.




  
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Nov 09, 2017 02:04 |  #15

I bought my 16-35mm f/2.8 a while ago specifically for a trip to a particular museum...


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at the time there wasn't an option for IS. If there had, I may have made a different choice.

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