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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens
Ephotozine reviewed Canonís new ultra-wide EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. They report outstanding sharpness, excellent build quality and super-fast auto-focus as main features.
Here is a excerpt from the review:

"As far as sharpness is concerned, this is one of the best zoom lenses we have tested so far. Between 16mm and 24mm, sharpness is already outstanding across the frame from maximum aperture, with none of the soft corner issues found with the older 17-40mm optic. Stopping down at this focal length will purely be a creative decision, based on your required depth of field, as the levels of sharpness attained by this lens are only limited by diffraction as the aperture is closed with this lens. Sharpness remains excellent across the frame until the lens is stopped down beyond f/11.

Even when the lens is zoomed to 35mm, sharpness remains excellent across the frame at maximum aperture, and remains so until the aperture is closed down to between f/8 and f/11 for this focal length."

Canon EF 16Ė35mm f/4L IS USM lens ($1,199)

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Aug 25, 2014 at 02:26 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Okay, I'm convinced


Aug 25, 2014 at 02:47 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


I'm already convinced to buy this lens - I'll just have to wait until XMAS.


Aug 25, 2014 at 04:10 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens



The price will be the bitterest pill to swallow, especially as the f/2.8 lens from Canon is actually less expensive at the moment.


Someone let them know there's a 24-70 II now




Aug 25, 2014 at 04:17 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Great review! Thanks for posting the link, Fred.


Aug 25, 2014 at 04:22 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Got to shoot my copy today.

Thanks Fred for the link. Now I can justify to myself this 17-40 upgrade



Aug 25, 2014 at 04:37 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


It would be interesting to compare with Nikon 14 - 24 ( 2 mm less + 1 stop )..I love my 14 - 24 on Nikon D600... but I love also 70 - 200 f4 IS on my Canon 6D.
For traveling is so much better than my old Nikon 70 - 200 2.8
If this lens is almost like 14 - 24 I will jump and get this one . Overall much less weight than all 2.8 lenses. For weddings may work too.

Is just hard to support 2 brands.
14 -24 is so amazing but so little use for real. With this one 77 polarizer will work , IS also is a "+" and goes to 35. Cheaper, smaller, and very light.



Aug 25, 2014 at 04:44 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Hmm I quite like mine for the last month or so..

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Aug 25, 2014 at 07:24 AM
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Aug 25, 2014 at 07:51 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


It's a very good NYC lens and the IS is extremely valuable in a "no tripod" city




















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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Has anyone considered trading their 16-35/2.8 II for this one? I have to confess that I am a bit tempted simply because of that corner to corner sharpness and the fact that I rarely use the 16-35 in environments where I really need that extra stop of light.

Then again, Canon will probably release a 14-24/2.8 just as sharp or even sharper (not to mention seriously expensive)

Puzzling...



Aug 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


memoria wrote:
Has anyone considered trading their 16-35/2.8 II for this one?...


Me, for one.



Aug 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


I sold my 17-40L because barrel distortion was something I coud not live with and I never found a 16-35L II that impressed me favorably.

OMG - maybe I knew the 16-35L IS was coming.



Aug 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


+1 @ ^ ... except I never bought the 17-40L


Aug 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


I sold my 16-35 f2.8L II because the corners at 16mm at f2.8 were awful - and 16 + 2.8 = its raison d'Ítre. We shouldn't have to shoot it at f8 to clean the corners up. So, I am watching this, and eyeing primes as a replacement.


Aug 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


I will forgo the f2.8 version and step into this lens for wedding work.
I looked back at the times I used the 16-35mkII (rented or from a fellow shooter) and I rarely shot at f2.8..... more at 3.5-ish.

If I am shooting at 35 then I would switch to a 24 f1.4 or 50 f1.2.

This lens will work well.
Even room shots are at f4; slow shutter+high iso to bring in the ambient.
Looks like I am shooting in the lens sweet spot. Bonus.



Aug 25, 2014 at 05:14 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Psychic1 wrote:
I sold my 17-40L because barrel distortion was something I coud not live with and I never found a 16-35L II that impressed me favorably.

OMG - maybe I knew the 16-35L IS was coming.


The one big downside of the 16-35 is it has more barrel distortion than the 17-40



Aug 25, 2014 at 05:40 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Yet another positive review for this fine lens! I am a little puzzled how a few reviewers, like this one, question whether this lens is overpriced. Compared to some of the other lenses Canon has introduced in recent years, this lens is an outstanding value. Corner-to-corner sharpness for a wide-angled zoom is not a trivial accomplishment by Canon. Also, having IS allows one to routinely get sharp one second exposures (if you're very gentle with your pressing of the shutter button) when a tripod cannot be used or when you don't want to bother with it.


Aug 25, 2014 at 08:03 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


Fantastic lens! Picked mine up last week.

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Aug 25, 2014 at 08:18 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Ephotozine reviews Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens


tbruns wrote:

Corner-to-corner sharpness for a wide-angled zoom is not a trivial accomplishment by Canon.


Sharpness in the UWA corners is but one (really good) thing ... UWA zoom, sharp AND well-corrected (not perfect, but well) ... +1 @ "not trivial".

I've avoided Canon WA Zooms because you had to stop down a country mile to get them to clean up. Imo, this is milestone for Canon ... they actually are getting my $$$ for something NEW. I don't see this one making its way into the used market very much. Those who want it for what it is ... will likely not want to get rid of it, and I don't see them coming out with a v. II for a LONG time. This is the one I've been waiting a long time for from Canon.

Mine's on its way.

Now ... about that sensor.



Aug 25, 2014 at 09:48 PM
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