Getting Smooth and Steady with Canon’s Latest 16-35mm Lens


Thinking of venturing into the ultra-wide-angle domain? Well, look no further than Canon’s latest offering, the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens, which brings image stabilization to the game in addition to improved optics. Ideal for landscape and architectural photography as well as video, this lens will increase your photographic options, and not just because it has a wide field of view from 108° 10' to 63° on full-frame cameras. Also, for style-minded shooters and those looking for the best optical performance, of course, this lens does sport the L-series’ signature red ring.


Making videographers and filmmakers rejoice around the world is the inclusion of optical image stabilization, as it is difficult to find in ultra-wide angle lenses, and dramatically improves the look of handheld footage. This implementation is rated for about four stops, meaning still photographers can shoot in low-light situations with a longer shutter speed while still maintaining sharpness.


Thanks to a constant f/4 aperture, this lens will provide consistent performance throughout the zoom range. The range of 16-35mm, equivalent to 26-56mm when used on APS-C cameras, also benefits image makers by offering the versatility and speed of being able to change from ultra-wide to a more standard wide-angle shot almost instantly by twisting the zoom ring on the lens barrel.


Optical performance is obviously a priority with the inclusion of three aspherical elements and two ultra-low dispersion elements, which help reduce the appearance of chromatic aberrations. Also, Canon applied a fluorine coating to the front and rear surfaces to limit ghosting and ensure enhanced contrast and accurate color rendering.


In terms of general performance, the 16-35mm features a ring-type USM for exceptionally fast, accurate autofocus. The lens barrel also features a physical focusing ring that can be used for full-time manual override at any time, and the lens has a minimum focus distance of just 11". Additionally, a circular 9-blade diaphragm provides a smooth rendering of the out-of-focus elements of your image.


All of these features combine to make it one of Canon’s best offerings in the ultra-wide lens line.