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CanonEF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 173 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (112)
  • Consistent output (88)
  • Strong construction (74)
  • Lightweight (64)
  • Durable (61)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (135)
  • Low light (54)
  • Weddings (46)
  • Night photography (40)
  • Video (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (57), Semi-pro photographer (46), Pro photographer (37), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (139)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic lens

I don't shoot video at all, so it's all about photography for me. I love this lens, it's sharp from f/4 at all zoom range, little to no vignette at all zoom...Read complete review

I don't shoot video at all, so it's all about photography for me. I love this lens, it's sharp from f/4 at all zoom range, little to no vignette at all zoom range, easily controllable barrel distortion from camera (my 6D has the ability to fix it in camera for jpeg files) or by post processing software.
The IQ is awesome, just awesome. The IS is amazing, allowed me to take handheld photos in very low light conditions, and I've never thought they would be sharp, but IS is phenomenal! The build quality is newer-standard L lens by all means, creamy smooth and very wide rubber focus ring (grip is awesome with/without gloves), tough and resisting zoom ring - which is good IMHO to avoid creeping or any change even walking with the lens.
Weather sealing tested several times with b&w clear protective filter attached, tough, rugged, took it with me on rainy/windy days and did not afraid to use it under any conditions.

I love the whole focal length of this lens, there is no length it's bad at. From 16 to 35 this is an awesome sharp lens. The bokeh is quite good, I don't usually like bokeh for these focal length values, but when I do get a bokeh shot - it's really nice.

Cons: F/4. This is not a good night photography lens by any means. It's capable to take some low light street/in doors whatever photos, but F4 is just not enough to get some good stars action, by boosting the last stop by shutter you risk at blur, by boosting ISO you risking unusable noisy images.

BUT! IMHO, Instead of getting the 16-35F/2.8, just get this lens and with the change get the rokinon 14F/2.8 for night sky photography, because besides the fact that 16-35F/4 lens is super sharp, I love that this lens is 77mm thread, which allows you to share filters/filter holders between rest of your 77mm lenses, and I love the fact that 77mm filters usually costs less then 82mm.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as sharp as my 17-40 f4L

Bought this lens to replace an aging 17-40 f4L. Was disappointed to find it wasn't nearly as sharp in the center but much worse in the corners than the 17-40. I have...Read complete review

Bought this lens to replace an aging 17-40 f4L. Was disappointed to find it wasn't nearly as sharp in the center but much worse in the corners than the 17-40. I have read all the glowing reviews/tests of this lens and was guided by those results to buy it. Unfortunately,as happens, this copy was not one of those great lenses. I further learned that there was no need to replace the 17-40 as long as I am willing to accept soft edges at f4.

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5.0

E Ruck

By E Ruck

from Orlando

Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

Great wide angle lens. Super sharp, great for video. Works great with the Ronin M. You can go from 16-35mm with out the lens extending, so you don't have to recalibrate the Ronin, which is nice.

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5.0

Outstanding Center to Edge

By Dave

from Currituck NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

I bought this lens to complement my 5DS. What a great choice. Sharp is an understatement and have not even started with this in earnest. I love the fact that I can create better composition in my landscape photos by being up close to my foreground object and still get the entire scene in crisp, sharp contrast. Add that to fast and easy ordering/shipping. Win Win

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5.0

Uber sharp ultra-wideangle

By mnclayshooter

from Minnesota

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

I had heard the reviews... I had tried the 17-40 and the 16-35 2.8, but until I got this lens, I didn't really understand the hype over sharpness. I highly recommend this one for anyone who's into the outdoors/landscapes/hiking etc. It's easily manageable on a black rapid strap with the 6D for me (or your preferred body). Looking forward to seeing it's performance on the 5DSr and 5D4.

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4.0

I like shooting with it

By Dan

from La Paz

Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

Using it for video on a 5dmk3 and it's pretty good. The IS works nicely. Have to be careful with people's heads in the corners of frame as they get a little distorted but overall the extra width over the 24-100mm is really nice to have. The length of the lens doesn't change when zooming which is also a pleasure. Expect to be using it a lot.

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5.0

Absolutely Love This Lens!

By lark

from Jacksonville, Fl

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

    I don't shoot video, so this is for photography only. I couldn't be happier with this lens. Use it with my 5DMII and have shot as slow as 1/20 of a second and the image is sharp! Highly recommend.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Charlie G.

    from Parkville, Maryland

    Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

    I use this with my Canon 70d and find that it is perfect to event photography. Clean and sharp pictures.

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    5.0

    Excellent!

    By Fathomitout

    from Rochester NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

      Love the lens so far, beautiful captures on the 6D, no problems, great bang for the buck.

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      5.0

      An Excellent Wide Angle Lens For Canon SLR'S

      By Doro

      from Sonora, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

        Canon's 16-35mm f/4 L series lens is likely the sharpest wide angle lens that is currently manufactured by Canon. Superb contrast and decent bokeh are also a hallmark of this lens. Landscape and architecture are rendered very well. My previous wide angle lens was the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L. At the current price point of $999 at B&H, I would suggest that anyone in the market for a Canon wide angle lens should give the 16-35mm f/4 L serious consideration.

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        5.0

        Awesome Upgrade

        By Redksins Ricky

        from Burbank, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Makes An Amateur Look Lik
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

            I'm a amateur photographer I upgraded to this 16-35 L IS for my wide angle shots. This new L lens has outstanding glass and the 'image stabilizer" makes the biggest difference for me. It allows me to shoot at much lower shutter speeds providing me the high resolution I desire. I was at a San Diego beach, off a cliff shooting the horizon when a pelican flew below me and against the water, the bird was about 40 feet away. I took the shot anyway wishing I had my telephoto 70-200 L on my camera. Well, the shoot came out amazingly as I was above the bird, the sand and white water foam was mixed beautifully within the shoot. I just need to crop it a bit to get the extra water and sand out of the final picture. This lens is a A+++ as far as I'm concerned. I love it!

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            5.0

            DefinitelyNot Dissapointed

            By UK Cowboy

            from La Veta CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

              Bought this for wide vista type landscapes or tight spot landscapes. Tried vistas so far, and satisfied with those. Use it on a 7d Mark II body. Love the fixed length. Definitely needs a filter to complete the weather-sealing. Zoom ring is firm but smooth. Very resistant to inadvertent change while shooting.

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              5.0

              Wow, what a great lens

              By rhale

              from South Texas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                I recently moved from a crop sensor to full frame and was looking for a lens to take the role of my trusty 10-22. This lens fit the bill perfectly and I am 100 percent satisfied with this purchase. I was torn between this lens and the 2.8 version, decided on this one due to reviews of image quality and the IS. I am happy with this purchase.

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                5.0

                Awesome lens!

                By Switch-krik

                from Central Kentucky

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                  Used this lens for the first time on a shoot in a dark area. The IS allowed very slow shutter speeds and tack sharp images. I'm very impressed!

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                  4.0

                  Fantastic !

                  By Ace

                  from new jersey

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                    Fantastic lens, perfect for my landscapes.

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                    (7 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not as sharp as my 17-40 f4L

                    By KBStudio

                    from Portland, Oregon

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                    Bought this lens to replace an aging 17-40 f4L. Was disappointed to find it wasn't nearly as sharp in the center but much worse in the corners than the 17-40. I have read all the glowing reviews/tests of this lens and was guided by those results to buy it. Unfortunately,as happens, this copy was not one of those great lenses. I further learned that there was no need to replace the 17-40 as long as I am willing to accept soft edges at f4.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Very useful new lens

                    By Patwawa

                    from Trenton, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                      I was looking for a super wide angle one and found good reviews of this lens. It's a nice lens to carry around with the f4 instead of f2.8, which is more expensive and much heavier. With its IS feature, f4 should be good enough in many low lighting applications. The 16-35 zoom looks nice and compact. I haven't had many opportunities to try it but will put it to good use very soon to fully evaluate its performance.

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                      5.0

                      Sharper than the 2.8 big brother

                      By E39Nutz

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                        I can now ditch the 17-40. This lens is sharp, and easier on the wallet. At f/4, bokeh is surprisingly nice.

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                        4.0

                        Good lens

                        By Nick

                        from Nashville

                        Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                        Much better than the 17-40 and the other 16-35's

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                        4.0

                        Nice lens

                        By JohnnyBoy

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                          Nice lens, AF focusing in low light works very good.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Sharp!

                          By Jim

                          from Chicago

                          Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                          Super sharp and light

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                          5.0

                          Go wide on your Canon for landscape

                          By Jim

                          from Silicon Valley

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens:

                            This lens does what it should - is very sharp, the IS works great and F/4 is fine for most cases. Unless you are trying to shoot action indoors then you may need F/2.8.

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