CP+ 2015: Testing out the New Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens

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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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This looks like an awesome lens!! Can't wait to try it!

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Below is a link to the Canon 11-24mm lens on our website for you to regard.  There you will see information on its pricing, availability and other technical details about the lens as well.  Please click on the following link: http://bhpho.to/16p1Cdt

Gloria, this is some of the most pathetic and un-realistic rubbish I have ever tried to read and to comprehend. You need to spend a lot of time to be educated on reading, writing, spelling the English language, as well as determining how to put a sentence together.....CORRECTLY.

Dear Keith,

Try to get a life.  Not everybody with a name that looks like a common enough "American / English" name has English as a native tongue.  Keep the flaming down to a manageable level, and you might not look so much like the reprobate you may be.

All the best.  Guido

  I must have it, I need it in several cases

What is the price of the new Canon 24-11 f/4L lens

Below is a link to the Canon 11-24mm lens on our website for you to regard.  There you will see information on its pricing, availability and other technical details about the lens as well.  Please click on the following link: http://bhpho.to/16p1Cdt

initial price quotes are just under $3000. 

initial pricing puts this lens at roughly $3,000. 

now the only question is the cost?

Below is a link to the Canon 11-24mm lens on our website for you to regard.  There you will see information on its pricing, availability and other technical details about the lens as well.  Please click on the following link: http://bhpho.to/16p1Cdt

Looks like it can't mount a polarizer :-(

You really shouldn't be using a polarizer on an extreme wide angle!

Agreed, a polarizer would show the dark band in the sky very easily with a lens this wide, but it does have a rear gel slot, which I think is a nice addition for ND.

I'll give it a trial later

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wow i must have it

Looks like a rip-off of Nikon's ground-breaking 6-year-old 14-24mm. Canon traded off an extra 3mm for a f4 instead of Nikon's f2.8.

A "rip-off"? Ha! Those extra 3mm are huge on the wide end! 

Oh? Should only one manufacturer make a certain lens? Oh no!!! Other manufacturers have also made 70-200mm/2.8 lenses!! NOW what do we do?? All this ripping off, it's just too much!

Leaving your "rip-off" statement is nothing more than trying to elevate yourself in your amazing knowledge of everything. Please spare us.

Sigma had their 12-24mm first, so I guess that Nikon was ripping *them* off, eh?  /sarc

You should note that the Sigma is a f 4.5 ~ f 5.6 lens, compared to the constant f2.8 of the Nikon 14 ~24 f2.8 lens.

I would like to use this lens to photograph the interiors of the homes I sell. There are rooms that are too tight to photograph and this definietly looks like it could solve that issue.

You need to learn that too wide in interior photography is really bad looking, cannot light it properly and all space looks false.

Which is the logic behind home sales.  Representing a property through photos is quite powerful. If a seller wants to make a room appear bigger, so be it.  If a seller states the square footage of a room they are hardly concealing anything.  And how can't you light the interior of the average house?

Would love to try it out. We have a few users here where I work that could help test it.

Any info on how much it vignettes, especially on the wide side?

I didn’t notice much if any vignetting in the 11-24mm test images Canon had with them the last they were at B&H.  This was even at the widest angles.

One of my favorite lens of all time is the Nikon 14-24 which I used quite a bit with my D700 until I switched over to Canon.  Since switching over I have obtained the 8-15 and the 16-35 II but neither I like as much as the Nikon 14-24.  I am really excited about this 11-24 mm.  I might just replace both of my current ultra wide zoom with this one.  I wish it was a 2.8 but that extra 3 mm on the wide side was a trade off 4.0.  For me, I would have rathered have the 2.8 and let those who need wider get the 8-15L.  Also the price point of $3000 is roughly the price of a new 8-15 f4L and a Nikon 14-24 f2.8 ED.  Who knows, maybe this lens is THAT good it's worth the premium price.  

This lens looks wonderful but I suspect the only time it will be on my EOS-1Ds III is standing at the Canon counter in B&H.

I'm a Canon owner and a Canon Professional Services member, so I'm excited about this lens and its price (!). I have a Sigma 12-24 lens that works very well. This is a complete different world, so after the Canon 16-35 I had to learn again the extra wide angle philosophy at 12mm. Please convey this message to the possible buyers because they may have disappointment till they learn how to use this extra wide lens.

I want this lens.  Let me know when you have it in stock!

If you haven't already, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on the lens’s page on our website.  We would then send you an email when it came into stock.  Click Here

Canon lens is 50% more expensive than Nikon 14-24 and 1 stop darker, it is also very difficult to get good composition at 11mm.

Can I use it on a 70D?

Yes you can.  The Canon EOS 70D camera is compatible with all of the Cano EOS EF and EF-S series lenses.

It doesn't make any sense to pay so much money for a focal distance that would be equivalent to 17,6 mm on an APS-C camera. You have good quality cheaper options such as the Sigma 10-20. The 11 mm is intended to be used on full frame cameras, otherwise it is not so wide.

You would make your customers much more happier if you organised the printed contents of the above stories (yes, it happens every time), so that it is readable. These stories always have many words chopped off or non existant.I'm sure you can do better.....all you have to do is try.It is impossible to read the full content of this story (et al) because it is non existent.

Let us all see you do a better job next time.....every next time.

Keith R. Sauerwald. wrote:

You would make your customers much more happier if you organised the printed contents of the above stories (yes, it happens every time), so that it is readable. These stories always have many words chopped off or non existant.I'm sure you can do better.....all you have to do is try.It is impossible to read the full content of this story (et al) because it is non existent.

Let us all see you do a better job next time.....every next time.

"much more happier" and you are complaining about their writing?

Hope it doesn't have as much major light falloff in the corners like the 24-105 f/4L does. Made that lens nearly unusable at wider angles.

I agree, the 24-105 is disgusting. I have it becaus I got it almost for free when I bought my 5D MIII, but I never use it. And regarding the light fall, (vigneting sometimes is fine) my concer would be that the images would be soft on the corners.

Can;t wait to try it

A wonderful useful lens

I have a 17-40 f/4. Was looking at 8mm. But I think this is a better bet.

This looks very tempting!

Exactly what use is an 11mm to 24mm zoom?  A 2 to1 zoom ratio?  If it's for shooting interiors, then - this statement " vertical lines on the right and left of the frame were perfectly straight. Inevitably stretching out objects as they approach the corners" is contradictory.  And I'll bet it's as soft as a baby's face on the edges.  IMO this is another example of Canon not understanding the needs of the pro.  Rather, Canon should spend some time and money re-engineering some of their woefully outdated primes and mid-range zoom. BTW, that "massive curved front element" is just waiting for a scratch. $3,000. You gotta be kidding.

I think that it is great to have such a wide angle, specialy for somebody like me who primarily shoots landscapes. My only complain is that due the spherical shape of the front of the lens, it is not possible to attach filters that would make the lens much more versatile.

All this Look exciting but I wonder how we can experience this in Africa as well

Our incomes are hardly above $500. Any way you can involve us on your Client list please

Am anxious to try it out but not sure of the way forward

Max