Tuesday, July 26, 2005
After reading reviews and looking at sample photos for the past 4 days I finally decided to get the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L zoom instead of a handful of primes. It will be here tomorrow and should be a nice complement to my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.
I must say, the debate between the people who think the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L is soft and not worth the money and the people who keep it on their cameras all the time is intense! Apparently there used to be (or still is) great variation between copies of this lens. Some people are terribly disappointed and return the lens multiple times while some say it's the best wide angle zoom they've ever used.
Unfortunately, the photos on PBase shot with the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L are not very exciting or representative of a wide angle and don't do much to demonstrate the quality of the lens, one way or the other. I'm assuming that Canon would have fixed any issues that people were having by now since this lens has been out for a few years. In fact most of the reviews I read where people were having serious issues were written in 2003 or earlier.
It was a tough decision to pass on the primes again since I have never been a fan of zooms. It was hard enough deciding to buy the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L but I did it and I love it. I also realize that since I only shoot digital I'll likely never use the lens under the conditions necessary to squeeze out that last 1% of performance advantage that the primes have. I think I made a good decision.
I now have a lens to cover my entire normal shooting range from wide-angle to medium telephoto, and macro. The only other lens I want is a long telephoto (200mm and up) but that lens can wait for a while. I've got plenty to master for now.
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