2014-10-31

Get more in every shot with the ultra wide-angle Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

So you’re a Canon full frame user. You like to take street photography and cityscapes, and you also like to you utilise the awesome video at your disposal, but what’s this fly in the ointment?

You can’t decide which ultra-wide angle lens to purchase that will comfortably handle both and at a reasonable price?

Well in the past you had two main choices, the EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM or the pricey EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. Ponder no more, because now there is a secret third choice!

Welcome to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4.0L IS USM now with swanky Image Stabilisation (IS)!

So let’s start with the good.

The main selling point of the lens is the IS. If your main thing is shooting video, this is the lens you want. Even if you can hardly notice hand shake when shooting at 16mm, once you get it into final processing, it will be something that will bug you just enough to annoy you. Now with the IS, that problem is taken care of. It pretty much cancels out all handshake and once you add post-processing it’s like you've shot on a tripod when you've been stood shooting hand held.

The glass is also excellent, being L Series glass, and has a new fluoride coating to get rid of any unwanted flare. The actual size of the lens isn't too bad either. A very nice size to fit into a sling or messenger bag.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1/800 sec | f/8.0 | ISO 100 | 16mm
And finally the ultimate selling point, if you are looking at this range of lenses, the price. At under £1,000 it is very reasonable for the performance you get out of the lens. In addition to this, if you purchase this lens from Park Cameras between 29th October 2014 & 21st January 2015, you can claim £80 cashback from Canon, make the lens even better value, as it is effectively only £919.00!

Yes, the EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM is slightly cheaper but you are getting a wider angle and image stabilisation for not a lot of money more.

And for the bad - honestly the only thing I can say that is “bad” about this lens is it’s not an f/2.8. But being an f/4 I feel is more of a benefit as you can always defocus in post production. It’s much more difficult to sharpen and out of focus shot/video.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1/30 sec | f/5.0 | ISO 400 | 35mm
So overall, this lens sits in the middle of the ultra wide-angles price-wise, but it’s precisely because of that, combined with the features you get, that make it the best choice out of the three.

The EF 16-35mm f/4.0L IS USM is available in stock at both our stores in Central London and Burgess Hill (West Sussex), so if you’re local, please pop in and try out this lens for yourself!
Alternatively visit www.ParkCameras.com where you can get further details online.

If you've got a question about this lens, why not post a comment in the box below and we’ll do our best to answer them for you.

David Hill
Park Cameras

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