CP+ 2015: Testing out the New Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
The new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens is a wide-angle zoom with specs that are hard to believe—which is why at this year’s CP Plus Expo in Japan, Canon shooters were lined up all day to try this lens firsthand. At 11mm, it’s the widest-angle rectilinear lens made for a full-frame camera, and it’s a zoom, up to 24mm, while it maintains an f/4 maximum aperture through the zoom range.
It’s a straight-line-shooting rectilinear wide angle, and sure enough, vertical lines on the right and left of the frame were perfectly straight. Inevitably stretching out objects as they approach the corners, the lens does it in such a subtle and unnoticeable way that it should find uses in everything from nature to interiors. No noticeable flare, even when testing the lens with overhead lights in and just above the frame. Color saturation is exactly what you expect from a Canon L Lens. The weight and the body feel like some other manufacturers’ 14mm lenses, and it features a built-in petal hood that supports the massive curved front element.
The f/4 is bright in the viewfinder and great for composing; such a wide-angle lens with that fast an aperture could really be fun to use in low-light handheld situations. The other lens in the Canon L arsenal that comes close is the 16-35mm f/2.8. But why go to 16mm, when you can go to 11?
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