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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
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- L-series ultra-wide zoom lens with an impressive 11mm starting focal length
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 11–24mm f/4, Closest Focusing Distance : 11 in. / 0.28m
- New optical design and the use of one Super UD element and one UD lens element
- Subwavelength Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC), Inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms
- Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 4.25 x 5.2 inches|
|Item Weight||2.6 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||11 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Real Angle Of View||126 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||3.65 pounds|
EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture Super UD, UD, and 4 Aspherical Elements SWC, Air Sphere, and Fluorine Coatings Ring-Type USM Autofocus Motor Internal Focus; Full-Time Manual Focus Weather-Resistant Design Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
From the Manufacturer
EF 11–24mm f/4L USM
To experience the ultimate in wide-angle photography, the EF 11–24mm f/4L USM brings L-series construction and optics to the widest zoom lens Canon has ever made. With an expansive wide-angle range of 11–24mm, this is an ideal lens for landscapes, interior shots, and unique perspectives on subjects close and far. Its new optical design features Super UD and UD lenses that correct chromatic aberration. Four aspheric lens elements help to minimize distortion from the center of the image to the periphery and throughout the zoom range. A Subwavelength Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) significantly reduce flare and ghosting, while a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm creates beautiful, blurred backgrounds. For silent and fast AF, it features a rear focus system and ring USM, and can be manually focused even when in AF mode. It has a minimum focusing distance of 11 in./0.28m (extreme telephoto) for admirable performance and results even when shooting in tight spaces.
Constructed to L-series specifications, the EF 11–24mm f/4L USM is durable and rugged due to its highly dust and water resistant design, so it is prepared for shooting in any number of environments. It also has fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements for reducing smears and fingerprints. With a compact design that includes an integrated hood and compatibility with all EOS cameras, the EF 11–24mm f/4L USM is a must-have lens for photographers that demand excellent performance for truly expressive images anywhere.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 11–24mm f/4
- Lens Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 126°05'–84°00'
- Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
- Closest Focusing Distance: 11 in. / 0.28m
- Filter Size: Rear insert-type
- Max Diameter x Length, Weight: Approx. 4.3 x 5.2 in. / 108.0 x 132.0mm, Approx. 41.6 oz. / 1180g
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Top Customer Reviews
Bottom line...it improved my bottom line. Hard to beat that as a review, especially for a lens this expensive.
First, the build quality is excellent. I believe that the cliche of "built like a tank" applies. As for the size of the lens, it is very big but I think some people exaggerate a bit about it being "gigantic." I found it easy to hand hold while taking shots of the Baltimore Inner Harbor a few days ago (several of these are posted below and they are HDR shots with seven exposures taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III stitched together with the Photomatix HDR program). As for the interior shots of the National Cathedral (also posted below), I did have to use a tripod to produce HDR shots there but that's hardly surprising.
My initial impressions of the lens ultra-wide angle capability is yes, it is indeed impressive. Shooting 11mm ultra-wide on a full frame body blows the doors off doing the same at 16mm (I previously used a 16-35mm F2.8 for my wide angle work. I'm really looking forward to my trip up to Svalbard (the Norwegian Arctic archipelago late this spring). With this said, it is a bit tricky sometimes to keep unwanted bits and pieces out of the frame (but that's what cropping is for).
My one gripe (sort of) is that the lens is pretty expensive. I paid about fifty dollars over the list price in order to get one sooner rather than later. Some people probably will balk at paying so much for a lens like this but luckily for them, there's always the other wide angle Canon lens options (zooms and primes). But as for myself, ever since I looked through another photographer's Nikon 14-24mm at Yellowstone Park, I knew I wanted something similar or better for my Canon cameras...and after a long wait, Canon finally delivered.
Build quality is excellent. No slop what-so-ever in the zoom and focus rings. Focus ring has smooth movement back and forth with a well dampened feel. The zoom ring is a bit stiffer, increasing tension as you zoom out to 11mm from 24mm. This is normal per the manual due to the mechanics of the lens. When mounted to the camera body there is no slop in the mount between the lens and body on my copies. Lens has a high quality feel, nothing feels cheap of flimsy. Hood operation is good (so far), locks into place and even when I try to force it off it will not pop off. Seems like it will hold up ok over time. The hood also offers pretty decent protection.
The new easy-clean coatings work as expected. Had to clean some debris off the front element and when cleaned with pec-pads it cleaned up very easily with no smudges, smears, etc… I really dig the new easy to clean coatings on the newer lenses, for sure.
AF is quick, as expected. Focus locks on near instantly just like most other USM lenses.
Distortion looks surprisingly well corrected at 11mm… In a shot with straight lines across the frame I don’t notice any barrel distortion with my eyes. It may be there, but it must be very slight if so.
Sharpness from 11mm to 24mm remains very good. I didn’t notice any focal length that looked worse than any others, which jives with lens rentals assessment of it being a great performer through the entire zoom range. When I checked for centering in the edges/corners at various focal lengths, no issues spotted. Corners remained sharp on both sides of the frame, wide open at all focal lengths. I am very shocked to see how strong the extreme corners are at 11mm, at f/4. I would use this lens wide open without worry at all for edge sharpness, it’s that good.
It is funny to think back how Canon was criticized for their poor UWA lenses (it was deserved) a few years ago with the 17-40 and 16-35 f/2.8 to today now offering the highest quality, world class UWA lenses today with the 8-15L, 11-24mm and 16-35mm f/4 IS.
Stopping the lens down from f/4 to f/8 didn’t really sharpen the center of the frame up too much from what I saw, if at all. Edge of the frame was hard to tell due to the vignetting of the lens. Vignetting improves quite a bit stopping down from f/4 to f/5.6.
The real question now is value… Is it worth it? In my opinion, it is.
1.) Focal length… 11mm is significantly wider than 14mm, which was our only other rectilinear <16mm Canon made option until now (non third-party)… And that was a fixed focal length which made it extremely specialized… Having the ability to zoom from 11mm to 24mm is simply awesome and a very useful range if you play on the UWA side of things often.
2.) Distortion control… At 11mm, lines remain straight. No excessive barrel or the complex moustache distortion. Canon really made an extremely well corrected optic. This will make it extremely valuable for architecture and other similar photography.
3.) Image quality… 11mm to 24mm at f/4, sharpness across the entire frame. No smearing, CA is well controlled, colors/contrast are great as with any L lens. No longer are you required to stop down to f/8 or f/11 to get acceptable sharpness in the corners for critical shots.
4.) Build Quality… Solid as a tank.
Overall, extremely impressed with this lens.