Prepare to Be Impressed: First Looks at Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Image Quality

Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens page.
The MTF charts predicted good things in regards to 16-35 L III image quality and I think you will find that expectation delivered.
First, let’s compare apples to apples: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III vs. II lens comparison. The III simply blows the II out of the water and clearly remains the better lens even at f/5.6.
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens has become renowned for its performance. Simply equaling the image quality of this lens would have been a big deal. Surpassing this lens’ sharpness with a 1-stop wider aperture (clearly so at 16mm) was not what I expected.
How does the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III compare to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Lens? This comparison requires some visualization as the EOS 5Ds R did not exist when we tested the Tamron, but I see the Canon being the clear winner at the two focal length range extents.
B&H has the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock.
This lens is also in stock at:
Adorama | Amazon (3rd parties) | Beach Camera | | Canon Store | eBay | WEX Photographic

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