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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM : Specifications and Opinions

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USMCanon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is a wide-angle lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2014. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 981 €;
234 users have given it an average vote of 9.7 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

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 Focal lenght   16-35 mm
 Angle of view   107.1 - 63.5°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   16 elements in 12 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.28 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.23x

 Zoom type   Ring, interal
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   615 g
 Dimensions   83 x 113 mm


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sent on August 04, 2015

Pros: very sharp even wide open, solid constuction, helpfull IS low price for such a great Canon L lens!

Cons: none.... the small lens hood will not give much protection but that's typical for most wide angel zooms

Opinion: By far the sharpest of all Canon wide angel zooms! Solid construction and image stabilizer will make this gerat lens a real bargain! Visibly sharper in the image corners at 16mm than the 16-35 2.8 L II on full frame and way much better than the 17-40L that had mushy and soft corners form 17-20mm even at f11 (f4 or f5.6 was unusable soft from 17 to 20mm on two copies of the 17-40 I used some years ago)

sent on June 21, 2015

Pros: There's an important notice in Opinion section! Incredible sharpness across a frame on every focal length and aperture. Low price that seems to be the lowest in connection with sharpness it delivers among all L lenses I've ever used. A weather sealed body with a gasket, a comparatively small and convenient lens hood (takes not so much space in my bag like 17-40 lens hood), popular and affordable 77mm filter thread, image stabilization that's quite handy, image quite compact for an ultra-wide zoom.

Cons: Can't make coffee & toasts.

Opinion: https://yadi.sk/d/JRe0ArOkhL6nr Here are some raw (*.CR2) test shots with 16-35/4 L IS lens on my 6D at apertures 4.0 and 8.0. These shots are more telltale than words. Simply download files (find and press a downward arrow) and open locally with smth like DPP or ACR. I must only add that having experience of using 5 L lenses and 2 ZE lenses I was shocked by sharpness of this gem from Canon when I took first shots. Natural color reproduction, high contrast, uniform sharpness across a frame with only slight degradation in outermost corners, not a trace of softness of any visible CA, low and easy correctable distortion and vignetting. Beware of minor field curvature esp. on the long end. For max acuity nail focus on a side-located object through LV. Speaking emotionally I think I'm lucky with the lens or Canon finally made an almost perfect and affordable ultra-wide zoom or both. P.S. check on my flickr page for shots taken with this lens (still pending). An important notice (for pixel peepers)! I've been shooting with the lens for a week and that's what I found. 1. IS may and does degrade IQ making sharpness across a frame non-uniform. I believe IS in a ultra-wide lens acts like a tilt-shift unit making unfavorable and uncontrolled shift movements at the moment of capturing a shot. OTOH IS on mode is fine for videographers. With disabled IS the lens still captures sharp images as usual. 2. The lens has got a mild field curvature on focal length between 24 and 35 mm maximizing at 35mm. Hyper focal focusing is not effectively applicable with this lens. Corner objects are sharper if they closer to the camera. Increasing aperture makes close objects more sharper than ones on distance. So keep this in mind and use LV focusing or focus bracketing techniques. It must be mentioned that it is common for wide and even normal lenses. N.B. I won't decrease the lens rating because I think that these aspects are not negative yet rather its peculiarities. Simply keep them in mind and produce great pictures with this great lens.

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sent on June 15, 2021

Pros: sharpening all over the frame at all focal points, weight, stabilizer, tropicalization, performance-related price

Cons: Plastic (excellent, but always better metal)

Opinion: Optics purchased in February 2017, until now it has only given me satisfactions from every point of view, at 16mm freehand I managed to make "long exposures" of waterfalls that I honestly did not think it was possible to do without the help of a tripod! The sharpness is already excellent at f/4 at all focal points, the af is excellent and in addition it is also tropicalized.. The only thing that makes me turn my nose up is the excellent construction, but made with plastic materials, which I honestly do not love!

sent on March 10, 2021

Pros: Always sharpen at all focal points, construction, L Series.

Cons: Nothing at the moment. Some people complain about the 16mm distortion, but it doesn't seem so disastrous to me, and if you put the lens profile in it, you correct it in a flash.

Opinion: Purchased after owning the Canon 17-40 f4 L USM and Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM I must admit that the progress has been remarkable. Canon colors, sharpness already at TA, non-exasperated minimum focal distortion that decreases as the focal, solid construction and tropicalization grow. Together with 24-70 f4 IS L and 70-200 F4 IS L, it has completed the triad of zoom lenses that are present in my kit with good optical quality that allows me to face 99% of the shots in different photographic areas. For something more in terms of sharpness and/or brightness I rarely resort to the fixes in my possession. Very satisfied with the purchase I highly recommend it.

sent on December 07, 2020

Pros: Everything, even the price.

Cons: Honestly no one.

Opinion: Super wide-angle lens with amazing performance to say the least that I use on 6DII with immense satisfaction. Sharp angle to angle at any iris and focal length value with very low distortions and equipped with a very efficient stabilizer (maybe not 4 stops, but 2.5/3 definitely). I can't say anything but that it's worth all the money it costs and that gives the distinct feeling of being a lens built to last many years, as is expected from an L series. I highly recommend it to all lovers of wide-angle focal points. Vote 10.

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