EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens - Canon Cameras Sri Lanka

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens

A versatile ultra-wide angle zoom that sets new standards in image quality

Well-suited for wide-angle shots, this large-diameter wide-angle zoom lens ensures the delivery of bright and impeccable quality images even in dimly lit environments. Designed with two large-diameter double-surface aspheric GMo lenses, one ground aspheric lens, and two UD lenses is able to achieve high image quality from the center to the edge of the frame, befitting the L-series lenses. Distortion and chromatic aberration is also greatly reduced, especially in the wide end. The coating of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) & Air Sphere Coating (ASC) also suppresses flaring and ghosting. Built to help photographers withstand challenging conditions, the dust-proof and drip-proof structure has been applied to the key areas of the lens.

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  • Capture dramatic perspectives in landscape photography, and enjoy wider angles when shooting architecture and interiors
  • Includes a protective lens case
  • Flare is reduced when shooting into the light, thanks to advanced ASC and SWC lens coatings
  • Be prepared for split-second moments with a fast, responsive autofocus
  • Work in harsh environments, thanks to weatherproof sealing and robust design
  • Premium image quality, with excellent sharpness right across the frame
  • Shoot in low light, with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture that is constant throughout the zoom range
  • Add excitement and impact when shooting photojournalism and sports photography, with a versatile range of focal lengths

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The EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM is an indispensable ultra wide-angle zoom lens for professional and enthusiast photographers who demand superlative operation and performance, in virtually any condition. Its 16–35mm focal range provides superb control of perspective, helping you capture pictures and movies with amazing, dramatic compositions limited only by your imagination. Combining outstanding image quality, a fast, constant aperture and a rugged design, the EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM delivers eye-catching results whether capturing detailed, nuanced landscapes, dramatic interiors and much more. Both still and moving images can be captured with consistent edge-to-edge sharpness, improved peripheral illumination and reduced distortion at extreme wide angles – especially important when using SLR cameras with full-frame sensors. Engineered with high-resolution photography and videography in mind, the EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III USM provides the optical performance necessary for critical applications, while delivering the renowned function and feel you’ve come to expect from Canon’s celebrated L-series lenses.

Great lens for


Photograph sweeping views from hillsides and seascapes to city landmarks and urban landscapes


Low light

Even when conditions aren’t ideal, clearly capture nightlife, firework displays, darker interiors and more



Find beauty in structure and bring imposing monuments and sweeping cityscapes to life.




Super UD Lens Elements, UD Lens Elements

Effect similar to fluorite lens elements

The chromatic aberration correction effect is remarkable when a fluorite element is used. However, due to the high cost of fluorite compared to other materials, it cannot be employed widely on many lenses. To resolve this issue, Canon developed the UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens element, which is characterized by a low refractive index and low dispersive properties. It is widely employed in many lenses due to its ability to enhance the elimination of secondary spectrum.



Ground & Polished Glass Aspherical Lens Elements, Aspherical Lens Elements.

Aspherical lens elements capable of converging light rays to a point

Traditional spherical lens elements are unable to ensure that light rays entering from the peripheral areas and those from the centre converge at the same point. Generally, it is difficult for spherical lens elements alone to correct spherical aberration on large-diameter lenses as well as distortion on wide-angle lenses. In contrast, aspherical lens elements have a lens surfacing with varying curvature, designed to make the light rays converge at the same. The manufacturing of aspherical lens elements requires a high level of processing technology and precise measuring techniques in order to produce a lens curvature for obtaining the ideal imaging point. Canon embarked on developing the technology for manufacturing aspherical lens elements at an early stage, and succeeded in 1971 in commercialising the world’s first lens with built-in ground and polished glass aspherical lens elements. Today, Canon has been able to contribute to enhancing the image quality of many EF lenses through the mass production of glass-mould and replica aspherical lens elements.


Ring USM, Micro USM, Nano USM

Enables silent and high-speed focusing

USM (Ultrasonic Motor) was first put into practical application in the world by Canon. USM drives the lens by transforming ultrasonic vibrations into rotation energy. Not only does it consume little power, it has high efficiency, torque and response, enabling high-speed focusing with almost no operating sound emitted.

There are three types of USM . The round-shaped Ring USM is simple in structure, and is best suited for use in a circular lens tube. It is especially useful for driving lenses such as large-diameter or super telephoto ones due to its high torque, and it also allows for full-time manual focusing. Meanwhile, the Micro USM can be employed on many types of lenses because it is low in cost and not subject to restrictions on the lens diameter. In 2002, Canon contributed further to the downsizing of lenses with the development of the Micro USM II, which is about half the size and weight of the Micro USM . And in 2016, Canon introduced Nano USM, which not only realizes a high speed AF that rivals that achieved by Ring USM, but also is able to operate quietly and seamlessly. It’s not an exaggeration to describe Nano USM as the most ideal motor for normal-use lenses that are meant to handle both still photography and movie shooting.

 Rung USM


Micor USM (Left), Micro USM II (Right)


Nano USM—The thin and tiny USM motor that achieves fast and smooth AF

Thin and compact, this USM, the latest to be developed by Canon, made its debut in 2016 on the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6mm IS USM. Computer chip-shaped (a factor that allows a more compact lens design) with power sources in the form of transducers, it connects directly to the AF actuating mechanism. It possesses a speediness and responsiveness that rivals that of the Ring USM, combined with a control that equals that of STM (lead screw-type). Its main benefit lies in enabling quiet, smooth AF operation in compactly-sized lenses such as standard zoom lenses. Also very suitable for movie-shooting, its high speed AF is able to handle scenes with subjects that are moving at a fast speed as well as those with unpredictable movements.


The Nano USM is shaped like a computer chip, and has 2 transducers in its center.

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A cross section of the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, released in 2016 and the first lens to carry the Nano USM. Moving along the top of the slider, the Nano USM directly drives the main AF power source. As this motor not only allows for fast and smooth AF but is also small in size, it makes it possible for the lens that utilize it to be around the same size as lenses with STM.


Inner Focusing, Rear Focusing

Enables high-speed and precise AF

The inner focusing and rear focusing systems adjust the focus by moving only some of the lens elements inside the lens. Inner focusing refers to the type where the focusing lens group is located in front of the aperture diaphragm, while this group is positioned behind the aperture diaphragm in the case of the rear focusing type. As a smaller number of lens elements need to be moved, AF speed can be increased, and the size and weight of the entire lens can also be reduced. Besides, the front of the lens does not extend out during focusing, thus making it easy to achieve an integral lens structure, which in turn contributes to the enhanced robustness of the design. Yet another advantage of this system is that it enhances the operability of polarising filters as the filter mount does not rotate during focusing.

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EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM Rear System                                  EF400mm f/5.6L USM Rear System


EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Inner System

Full-time Manual Focusing

Enables MF immediately after AF

Many of Canon’s EF lenses are equipped with “full-time manual focusing”, which allows manual focus right after auto focus is complete, just by turning the focusing ring and without the need to switch to MF mode. All Ring USM and STM lenses support full-time manual focusing.


Dust- and Drip-Resistant, Fluorine Coating

Dust- and drip-proof for shooting under harsh conditions

Many of Canon’s L lenses come with a dust- and drip-proof structure, with rubber sealing applied to the interface area between the joint of the mount and the camera, as well as sealing at the movable parts such as the focusing ring and the lens extension tube. Rubber materials are also employed even at the smallest parts, such as the switch panel and the insertion slot of the drop-in filter compartments. The excellent dust- and drip-resistance enhances the usability of lenses under adverse weather, and helps to address the needs of professional photographers who are required to perform shoots under harsh shooting conditions. Fluorine-coated lenses allow dirt attached to the lens to be wiped off easily.



Special Coating – SWC

Minimises flare and ghosting substantially

SWC is the abbreviation of Subwavelength Structure Coating, a special coating technology developed by Canon to prevent the reflection of light rays. Reflection occurs due to the drastic change in refractive index when light passes through the boundary between the air and the glass surface. Reflection causes flare and ghosting, which in turn deteriorates the image quality. SWC removes the boundary plane that is subject to drastic changes in the refractive index by arraying on the lens surface countless wedge-shaped nanostructures smaller than the wavelength of visible light to change the refractive index gradually. It offers excellent anti-reflection effects for light coming in from different angles, ranging from those entering at an almost perpendicular angle to those with a large angle of incidence.


Anti-reflection theory of SWC


Special Coating – ASC

Powerful anti-reflection effect for perpendicularly-entering incident light

ASC is the abbreviation of Air Sphere Coating, the latest coating technology developed by Canon to effectively minimise the occurrence of flare and ghosting. Generally, multiple coating layers are applied to the lens surface to reduce light reflection at the boundary between the air and the lens surface. In the case of the ASC, a film consisting of silicon dioxide and air is applied over the usual vapour-deposition coatings to form an ultra-low refractive index layer. This film contains a certain percentage of air with a lower refractive index than optical glass, and helps to suppress light reflection. Compared to normal multi-layer coating, ASC is particularly effective for light that enters vertically as well as at high angles of incidence.

Special Coating – ASC

Anti-reflection theory of SWC

Circular Aperture Diaphragm

Expresses point light sources in beautiful round bokeh

The aperture is made up of several blades, the number of which determines the shape of the bokeh effect, such as in the case of illumination, light seeping through the leaves of a tree, and light reflection from the water surface. Light normally appears round when seen through our eyes, thus expressing light in a circular shape adds a more natural and soft touch to the resulting image. Almost all EF lenses employ a circular aperture diaphragm.





Specification Details
Water / Dust Resistant Yes


Specification Details
AF ACTUATOR AF FOOTNOTE Full time Manual focus
MAGNIFICATION WITH EXTENSION TUBE EF12 II 0.65 at Tele (Not compatible at Wide)
MAGNIFICATION WITH EXTENSION TUBE EF25 II 1.14 at Tele (Not compatible at Wide)
ANGLE OF VIEW 98° – 54°, 74°10′ – 38°, 108°10′ – 63°
MAGNIFICATION 0.25 (at 35mm)


Specification Details

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      • Mount : EF

      • Aperture : f/2.8

      • Lens Type : Zoom Lens

      • Category : Ultra-wide

      • Focal Length Range : 16-35mm

      • Photography Genre : Landscape

      • Technology : USM

      • Dust/Moisture resistance : No

      • Weight : 790 g

      • Luxury Lens : Yes

      • IS System : No

      • Lens Construction (Elements/Groups) : 16 elements in 11 groups

      • Filter Diameter (mm) : 82

      • Closest Focusing Distance (m) : 0.28

      • Length (mm) : 127.5