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

(based on 191 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

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens

By Tahereh

from Undisclosed

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

Really great lens for landscape photos. I love b and h I bought my canon 5d mark 3 and haven't been using it ever since. Has great deals at great prices. Im purchasing an 85mm lens next.
Only thing is when I purchased the lens it had a rebate and I got the email about the rebate but I never received the rebate.

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5.0

perfect for me

By Shoot carefully, take chances

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

Exactly as expected. Super sharp to the edges. Nice contrast. Quality build and finish.
The f/2.8 was not justified for my type of shooting. This does every thing I need it to. Great for landscapes of course and providers a interesting view of the world for many other shots as well. Get close and pay attention to your edges and foreground and you can have some great fun with this lens. Nothing to complain about. Very high quality.

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5.0

Outstanding wide angle zoom lens!!!

By mnelsf

from Port Townsend, WA

Verified Buyer

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

I have the Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L ii lens and it is a fine lens but I have never been completely satisfied with the sharpness. After reading a lot of glowing reviews about the incredible sharpness of the EF 16-35 f/4L IS, I decided to buy one. Wow, this is a nice lens!!! Extremely sharp right out of the box (no micro adjustments needed), focus is lightning fast, colors and contrast are outstanding, and handling is excellent. The IS is the icing on the cake--it makes taking super sharp photos in any light a snap. Love this lens!!!

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5.0

Great Alternative to the 16-35 f/2.8 LII

By D

from New Hampshire

Verified Buyer

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

Sharper, lighter and cheaper than the 16-36 f/2.8 it replaced. Plastic body was kind of disappointing but I'm sure it will hold up well.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Running Wolf

from Erie, PA

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens for nature shots and close ups

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5.0

Nice range of zoom

By Themixguy

from San Marcos, CA

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

Perfect for getting overall shots of venues, group shots, panoramas. You can get some nice wide angle distortion at 16mm and getting up close to the subject. Or be close to a group in close quarters and fit everyone in. Image stabilization a plus, although not as critical as on a telephoto lens, obviously. Clean, crisp images at all f stops, fast auto focusing.

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5.0

It doesnt get any better!

By Delito5126

from Miami. FL

Verified Buyer

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

The focal length and image quality are amazing!

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5.0

Very good lens i use it for landscape and i am very happy.

By Rail52

from Cowansville Québec Canada.

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

Very good lens fait lens and excellent for landscape.

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5.0

I am well pleased with this lens.

By Cam

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

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

This lens has lived up to it's reputation for sharpness, quality construction, and value. I have found it to provide excellent sharpness edge to edge. I would buy it again.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for epic landscape shots

By Danielle

from Western Mass

Verified Buyer

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

I am a wedding photographer, and I was advised to buy the f4L over the 2.8 version because it has less distortion and is more crisp at the edges. I've used it for two weddings now, and I'm very pleased with the results! I shot the bride and groom in the forest at 16mm, and it gave the trees an epic look. It was also great for getting a shot of the entire church from a narrow street in Boston.

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5.0

Fantastic lens, sharpest zoom WA lens I have ever used

By Blind_Spectator

from Norwalk, CT

Verified Buyer

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

This is a great lens for vast landscapes and both interior & exterior architecture. If you need to go wide, don't look further. This lens is so good (understatement).

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens

By DigitalDawn

from Georgia, USA

Verified Reviewer

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

I do other kinds of photography but purchased this lens primarily for Real-Estate photography. I use all L lenses as they are superior in leaps and bounds no to non L lenses. This lens has been a real champ under all of the circumstances I've encountered in real-estate. I would highly recommend it.

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5.0

Top quality lens

By MainlightPhoto

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is very sharp in the center and sides, even at f/4. It will give you new perspectives and compositions.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens

By Steve930

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

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

I've read all the reviews and was still surprised at how sharp this lens is and how colors just pop. I haven't had seen any soft images (that weren't my fault) and I'm very pleased with this lens. As everyone says, it's sharp even at the edges.

I use it on a Canon 6D and couldn't be happier.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So Far, So Good.

By Dsmith

from Northern Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this to use as a basic landscape/wide angle zoom on a Canon 6D and 7Dmk ll. Takes some getting used to, but build and image quality are superb. This lens is "sticky" sharp.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have landscape tool

By Soumya

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

I had a usual 24-105 f4 lens, and was happy with it, until I bought this one.
It covered 90% of my shots. Very sharp and good color production.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Soooooo Sharp!

By romred

from NY

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

I've had a lot of Canon lens but this the best among them. This 16-35 is sharp even in the edges. Buy it!

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5.0

Great lens. Highly recommend.

By Kathy

from New Berlin, WI

Verified Buyer

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

This is a great lens from Canon. Very solidly built and the image stabilization works extremely well. Even though it's an f/4, I'm able to take photos indoors without flash as long as my subject does not move. I've also used it to take short movies with my 7D Mark II and it works extremely well for that purpose. It's a very sharp lens.

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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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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