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| p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · TDP Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens |
Paul Mo wrote:
As much as I like TDP he does need to drive sales through the links - he also said great things about the 16-35 f2.8L II in its review. My point is to take his reviews with a grain of salt - being aware of the above - and to perhaps not rush to purchase if you are unsure. It is still early days.
I often wonder why some posters seem to resent it when those who write reviews include links to vendors on their sites. There is not much incentive for folks to write lengthy and thorough reviews like this one and share them for free, and the links let them bring in some income from those who find their reviews useful and make purchases through the links.
And you can always ignore those links and simply read the article — in which case it is completely free.
I thought that the review was quite balanced in regards to the strengths and weaknesses of the three Canon ultra wide zooms that it mentions. From everything we read, the new lens does seem to be an excellent performer, primarily in terms of its optical performance (measured in terms of absolute resolution, corner performance, and image quality) and features (the IS in particular), and it sounds like a fine lens for many photographers. At the same time, the 17-40 will remain a viable option and at a much lower cost, and the other 16-35 does offer an additional stop of aperture for those who want that for their shooting.
It is not always the case that one lens is the The Best Lens Ever or that there must be a #1, #2, and #3. I'm more interested in reviews by those who understand this and who can lay out the qualities and features of the lenses, their strengths and weaknesses, and then let intelligent photographers align the lens attributes with their own shooting needs.