New Item - Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III
For many photographers, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II is part of their "holy trinity" of lenses along with the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The latter two were both updated by Canon in the last 5-6 years. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II is certainly no slouch, but Canon has revamped this classic range with the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III.
Announced alongside the EOS 5D Mark IV, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III has a completely new optical design with updated coatings. The new optical design improves the edge and corner sharpness while also improving the light fall-off in the corners at wider apertures. This should be a welcome addition and allow the camera to keep up with higher resolution sensors like the Canon 5DS & 5DSR and even beyond. The new coatings also help minimize flare and ghosting in very contrasty lighting conditions.
Physically, the lens is slightly larger than its predecessor. Both utilize the same 82mm front diameter, but the overall diameter of the barrel is slightly thicker and longer on the new lens (5 inches vs 4.4 inches). The new lens is also slightly heavier at 1.74 lbs vs 1.41 lbs from the version II.
Want to give the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III a try on your next shoot? It is available for rent now!