Review: EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens on interior spaces

Does the new EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens live up to its reputation for outstanding image quality and exceptional performance? We asked local photographer Andy Wong to give us his take. 

EOS 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, 16mm, ISO400

I’ve had the opportunity to shoot with the new EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens and here are my thoughts: 

Firstly, the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM is a bright lens. This means when I’m looking through the viewfinder, it allows me to see the subject clearly, unlike other lens which can be quite dark. Its constant 2.8 f-stop makes it an ideal lens even for low light situations. This is especially useful for interior shoots where the space is poorly lit and the need to rely on natural light.  

EOS 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/2.8, 1/125sec, 20mm, ISO400

The EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens features minimal distortion, which is a great plus for interior photography. It is one of the sharpest lens I’ve encountered at 16mm from corner to corner. The lens also has a good depth of field, another reason why I enjoyed shooting with this lens. 

EOS 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, 16mm, ISO640

I encountered little to almost no flare with the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens. It’s a good contrast lens with good colour reproduction as well. This means what you see is what you’ll get on your images. There is a slight vignette effect, which can darken corners by a fair amount. One way I countered this effect was by using a minimum of f/4 to brighten the image.

EOS 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/2.8, 1/125sec, 16mm, ISO640

When it comes to shooting, I find the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens works better with a tripod. With its solid construction and build quality, it can get tiring to carry the lens around. Shooting with a tripod also enables the lens to focus better and achieve maximum sharpness, even under low light conditions. 

EOS 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/2.8, 1/200sec, 21mm, ISO250

Overall, I find that the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens is a high-quality lens versatile for everyday work, making it an ideal choice for interior photographers. 

Learn more in the article: Announcing The EF16-35mm f28L III USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens



EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

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Andy started his lifelong artistic journey as early as 5 years old when he was handed a camera by his grandfather. Not only has he delved deeper into the business as founder of Rave Photography, he has built a reputation for his expertise and professionalism among his many clients turned friends. While he’s humbled at seeing his work featured in various campaigns, it’s all about the satisfaction of making clients happy.


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