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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
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|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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|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||EW-82|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||up to four stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 3.27 x 4.45 inches|
|Item Weight||1.36 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.28 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||auto-focus|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 4.45 x 3.27 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.31 x 3.82 x 3.31 in||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||3.5 x 4.41 x 3.5 in||4 x 5.7 x 4 in|
|Item Weight||1.36 lbs||5.61 ounces||1.1 lbs||0.53 lb||1.4 lbs||2.5 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Prime lens||Zoom lens||wide-angle||Zoom lens||wide-angle|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||40 millimeters||18 millimeters||35 millimeters||30|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 millimeters||50 millimeters||17 millimeters||10 millimeters||16 millimeters||15|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters||82 millimeters||—|
Delivering the ultimate combination of wide-angle, low-light performance, L-series optics and compact construction, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4.0L IS USM Lens is a phenomenal complement to any EOS SLR camera. This L-series ultra wide-angle zoom incorporates an Optical Image Stabilizer, and offers up to four stops of correction for admirable performance even in dim light. It features three aspheric lens elements and two UD lens elements to minimize aberrations throughout the zoom range, plus optimized coatings to help minimize ghosting. A circular 9-blade aperture delivers gorgeous background blur. The EF 16-35mm f/4.0L IS USM features inner focusing and ring USM for accurate, discreet and speedy AF. It also offers full-time manual focus and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.92 ft./0.28m across the entire zoom range. Built to function even in unfavorable weather conditions, the EF 16-35mm f/4.0L IS USM is dust-resistant and water-resistant (when used with an optional Canon PROTECT filter) for professional caliber ultra-wide performance, everywhere.
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EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM
Delivering the ultimate combination of wide-angle, low-light performance, L-series optics and compact construction, the new Canon EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM lens is a phenomenal complement to any EOS SLR camera. This L-series ultra wide-angle zoom incorporates an Optical Image Stabilizer, and offers up to four stops of correction for admirable performance even in dim light. It features three aspheric lens elements and two UD lens elements to minimize aberrations throughout the zoom range, plus a fluorine coating that helps to minimize ghosting. A circular 9-blade aperture delivers gorgeous background blur. The EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM features inner focusing and ring USM for accurate, discreet and speedy AF. It also offers full-time manual focus and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.92 ft./0.28m across the entire zoom range. Built to function even in unfavorable weather conditions, the EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM is dust-resistant and water-resistant (when used with an optional Canon PROTECT filter) for professional caliber ultra-wide performance, everywhere.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 16–35mm 1:4.0
- Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 108°10' – 63°
- Focus Adjustment: Inner focus system
- Closest Focusing Distance: 0.92 ft. / 0.28m
- Filter Size: 77mm diameter
- Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.3 x 4.4 inches, approx. 21.7 oz. / 82.6 x 112.8mm, approx. 615g
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With the release of the extremely well received 70-200 2.8II, 70-200 F4 IS, 24-70 2.8II, and 24-70 F4 IS, Canon really is the king of the zoom lens....and the 16-35 F4 IS a worthy addition to Canon's portfolio of class-leading zoom lenses. In my particular case, the 16-35 F4 IS shares a bag with the 70-200 2.8II and 24-70 2.8II, and optically, it's literally an extension of the two longer lenses. I previously owned the 16-35 2.8II and the 17-40 F4, and using both of those lenses always felt like a compromise in terms of image quality. This is not the case with the 16-35 F4 IS.
Images out of the lens are extremely sharp across the frame wide open at F4, improving even further as you stop the lens down. What impresses me most isn't the sharpness, however, it's the micro contrast (ability to smoothly render the subtle tonal shifts in a scene). This is particularly important for an ultra-wide angle lens, which pulls a lot of a scene into the frame, and as such, pulls a lot of detail and a lot different light sources into the frame. The 16-35 F4 IS excels at rendering the minute transitions in the tonal boundaries in the scene, bringing out details in a scene in such a way that raw resolution alone cannot do. Color rendering is top-notch as well, and consistent with what one would expect from an "L" class lens. Anyone familiar with the way the 24-70 2.8 II renders on the wide end will feel very much at home with the 16-35 f4 IS.
On a full frame camera, the 16-35 focal range provides an inherently distorted field of view, so distortion is something you'll always have to contend with. The good news is that the distortion is limited to the typical barrel distortion you'd expect from an ultra wide angle focal length, and is very easy to correct in post, even without a photoshop lens profile (which hasn't been released as of the time of this review). There's some vignetting at F4 at the ultra wide angle focal lengths, but its extremely minimal....certainly much less than I was expecting. This, of course, is easily corrected in post.
Image Stabilization (IS)is a welcome addition to the lens. Compared to the 70-200 2.8II, which easily yielded 4-stops of stabilization, it seems that IS seems to be less effective as you go wider. At 16mm, it can reliably stabilize an image up to two stops....with careful attention to posture and breathing, it's possible to squeeze out three stops, but it isn't as effortless as shooting on the 70-200 2.8II. That said, the ability to capture sharp images at a 1/2 second shutter speed still offers quite a lot of flexibility from both a light gathering ability, and a creative standpoint (wanting to capture a sense of motion). It mitigates (but never fully eliminates) the need for a tripod, which is very useful when traveling or shooting casually.
Build quality is very good, and is consistent with the 24-70 2.8II. It has a plastic construction, which many may feel is "cheap" compared to Canon's older metal zooms, but it's extremely sturdy and much ligher than the older metal variety lenses. The lens itself is pretty long compared to the 17-40 F4 and 16-35 2.8/II, which is a bit of a disappointment as the compactness of the older ultra wide angle lenses made them appealing for travel. But given the extra elements needed to yield the otpical quality this lens provies, along with accomodating the Image Stabilizer, its an equitable trade-off.
All-in-all, Canon really knocked it out of the park with this lens, and I can't really fault it. It excels in everything its designed to do. It's definitely a worthy upgrade from the 17-40 F4, and the 16-35 2.8II, and a worthy addition to Canon's portfolio of industry leading zooms. It would be nice if this were an f2.8 lens, however, f2.8 from an ultra wide angle lens is a specialized need (even to me, as a weddig photographer). For those that do need an f2.8 UWA lens, I suspect that a 2.8 variety is somewhere down the pipeline of Canon's lens road-map (though, there'll likely be a large price premium for it).
First thing i noticed was that the lens does not weigh much, it's actually fairly light along with my Canon 6D. Had no problems walking around with it and never felt the need to put it down because of its weight.
This lens takes AMAZING photos. It's as simple as that. I usually have it set to auto iso and f/8 and walk around taking pictures of whatever i please. The pictures look amazing. You can go "tweak" them in Lightroom or Photoshop but that's if you want to, it's honestly not necessary as this lens already produces great, solid pictures.
Daytime photos are also wonderful. Took a few with the sun right above my head and the pictures came out looking great. Took a few in direct sunlight and they also came out looking good. Again, im not a professional, so what may look good to me may not look the same for others. However, i know a good photo when i see one.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this lens and happy i bought it as soon as it came out instead of waiting it out and reading reviews about it. It's a great lens and should be in everyone's arsenal whether you're a professional or not.
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Use with Canon 6D.