I am a new proud owner of a 16-35 II. I know it is compatible with macro extention tubes so I was wondering how well does it work as a macro lens?
Anybody tried it and have some samples?
Joined Apr 2008
Cream of the Crop
Joined Sep 2005
Typically you will want something with a longer focal length for macro work, but you can use extension tubes with this lens to allow for closer focusing distances. With a wide-angle lens like the 16-35, close up focusing usually translates into distortion in the image.
Joined Jan 2008
I tried it when shooting flowers, sometimes I like to be up close and wide but it didn't work. The lens that close, completely covered the flower and shadowed too much of the light. I mean I could use it but I was better off with my 35L and an extension tube doing the same thing; I guess it's about the physical size and distance from the sensor which makes the lens an inch or two closer with the 16-35II which made it not work very well. I didn't measure these distances so I'm guessing that's the reason but all I know is I tried it several times and abandoned the idea.
This was shot with the 24-70 @ 43mm using a extension tube on a 5D