As a landscape photographer most of the time I use wide angle lenses, either zoom or prime ones, and have a nice and ever growing collection of them. Recently I added a new item to this collection – Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM. Main problem with other Canon ultra wide angle lenses was that although they offered great sharpness in the middle of the frame they were rather soft in the corners. This model according to other tests is sharp corner to corner. Such opinions made me decide to get it.
Another interesting thing about this lens is that Canon decided to offer Image Stabilization with it. You might think that it is unnecessary addition as ultra wide angle lenses are used with a tripod most of the time. That’s true but not always. Read on to find out my view about this.
All tests were performed on a full-frame Canon 5D MK III DSLR (which I reviewed here).
Parameters & Pricing
Let’s start with a short summary of lens parameters and price. Good news is that this lens uses 77 mm filter thread which is pretty standard nowadays (so no need to buy filter specifically for this lens). Also price is very good when compared to eg. Canon 16-35 f/2.8 II USM (which costs 500 USD more).
||16 – 35 mm|
|Apertures||f/4 – f/22|
|Field of view||107 – 63.4 degree|
|Minimum focusing distance||25 cm|
|Filter thread||77 mm|
|Dimensions||11.28 cm × 8.26 cm|
|Number of aperture blades||9|
First thing I noticed after taking a few images with this lens was how sharp it was! No matter where I looked, whether it was middle of the frame or any of the corners the results were simply outstanding! Prime-grade I would say. In the corners the difference between this lens and any other wide angle zoom lens I used is really huge. (more…)