Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Wide Angle Lens
The technical details behind this lens
One of the best wide-angle lenses out there, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Wide Angle Lens has an impeccable optical design with just the right features. The lens offers constant f/4 maximum aperture and delivers unmatchable image quality, thanks to its advanced image stabilisation technology. The presence of special optical elements is an excellent add-on, ensuring distortion-free, clear and vibrant imagery. This wide-angle lens offers a four-stop image stabiliser system giving you a smooth handheld shooting experience.
With all its unique features, the lens represents a great balance of value as well as excellent functionality. The lens is compatible with full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs and can also be paired with APS-C models, where it provides 26.6-56mm equivalent focal length range.
Top three reasons we think you will love this lens
- The lens is tough and weather-sealed, making it fit for carefree outdoor usage. Additionally, you also have a fluorine coating to every exposed element, keeping the lens safe in difficult shooting environments.
- The exceptional Optical Image Stabiliser works effectively to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops. This delivers consistent lens performance in low light conditions and with slower shutter speeds.
- For an impressive, soft bokeh, the lens is also equipped with nine rounded diaphragm blades. This also benefits the shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
Sharp and True Imaging
The lens offers an equivalent focal length range of 16 to 35mm with a minimum focus distance of 28cm. The aperture range spans from f/4 to f/22, giving you a wide scope to experiment with different types of photography. This USM wide-angle lens has a stellar optical design, which consists of 16 elements in 12 groups. Among these elements, you have two ultra-low dispersion glass elements that drastically cut down colour fringing and chromatic aberrations to deliver crystal clear image quality. Additionally, the lens has three aspherical elements, which minimise spherical aberrations and distortions, thus maintaining image sharpness.
Further, every element of the lens has the Super Spectra coating to minimise ghosting and flare. This maintains contrast and colour neutrality even when you’re working in bright conditions.
The lens flaunts a ring-type USM, which is powered by an advanced internal focusing mechanism. With this, the lens is capable of delivering fast, precise and quiet autofocus performance. Full-time manual focus override also benefits from this combination.
The focus ring of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Wide Angle Lens has a smooth, fluid feel to its operation. The model also comes with a filter attachment thread ( a feature not commonly found in a full-frame lens). To counter stray light, you also have the lens hood in the kit.
Our experts opinion
The lens has a sturdy build and is weather-resistant. With its protective fluorine coating, you need not worry about dust, fingerprints and smudges – even if you come across these, it is convenient to clean the lens, thanks to the added coating. A perfect companion for outdoor photography, this lens checks all the right boxes and is worth your investment.