Product Comparison: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM vs Sigma AF 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM

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General Specifications
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
AF 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM
About the Product
The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is a high performance, water-resistant, and ultra wide-angle Canon L-series lens. It has been specifically designed for improved edge-to-edge image quality that will meet the strict requirements of professional and high-end amateur photographers.
SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is the first zoom lens ever to achieve a maximum aperture of f1.8 throughout the zoom range. It is a wide aperture, standard zoom-lens for digital single lens reflex camera's with APS-C size sensor's.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Canon EF
Canon EF
Maximum Aperture
2.8 /f
1.8 /f
Minimum Focal Length
16 millimeters
18 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
35 millimeters
35 millimeters
Lens Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
  • The 2.8 aperture means you can bring this lens into a dark room and have no problems.
  • The 2.8 aperture is usually enough to capture great images in the low light.
  • Beautiful lens - provides crisp images at all apertures.
  • Gorgeous saturated, sharp pictures at almost every focal length and aperture.
  • The constant f/2.8 aperture is great for low-light situations.
Sigma AF 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
  • This is an excellent lens with really good picture and video quality.
  • The wide f1.8 aperture is awesome for bokeh and low light performance.
  • Great low light lens.
  • A very sharp lens, with a very fast and usable large aperture.
  • The constant aperture and the lens' clarity are phenomenal.
Size & Weight
3.5 in.
3.1 in.
3.5 in.
3.1 in.
4.4 in.
4.8 in.
22.57 oz.
28.6 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
  • For its size the lens is very light and well made.
  • This is a very nice size and weight for comfortable.
  • The lens is a nice size for daily carrying.
  • Not too heavy and a good size. Very clear and great for videos.
  • It is a nice and light small lens.
Sigma AF 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
  • Despite its size, Sigma's' 18-35mm lens feels well balanced on the camera.
  • The rubber on the zoom and focus rings are the perfect size.
  • Great for on the go. I like the weight of it.
  • This lens is very heavy.
  • Downside is the weight to this lens.
Minimum Focus Distance
11.04 in.
11 in.
Field Of View
108°10' - 63°
76.5° - 44.2°
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
  • Fast and silent focus!
  • Zoom and focus rings are easy to use and not placed awkwardly.
  • Focus is fast. Great lens.
  • The AF speed is pretty fast.
  • Everything is in focus, and really sharp. It is great for low light situations too.
Sigma AF 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
  • The zoom and focus ring are buttery smooth.
  • It's very quiet and moves smoothly.
  • The lens is able to focus very fast and with the HSM you can't hear a thing.
  • Zoom and focus ring are insanely smooth.
  • Autofocus has poor precision and poor accuracy.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
Lens Groups and Elements
16 elements in 12 groups
17 elements in 12 groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
82 millimeters
72 millimeters
L-series construction and optics, Aspherical Lens, UD lens element, Super Spectra coating, Circular aperture
High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount, Inner Zoom, Rounded diaphragm, Hyper Sonic Motor, Exclusive low-dispersion glass
What customers say about "Features"
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
  • Image quality is excellent.
  • The lens is extremely sharp, and offers superb contrast.
  • No complaints. Great build quality.
  • This lens is clear, and quick to focus. I love it.
  • Super sharp, even wide open.
Sigma AF 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon
  • The zoom and focus rings are sleek with an overall build quality of a boss.
  • Good control of coma over most of the frame, good for astrophotography.
  • AF switch is painted so easy to know if AF is enabled or not.
  • This lens is amazing, built rock solid.
  • This lens is astounding sharp! Amazing features.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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