Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS review: An impressive ultra-wide zoom with IS that’s perfect for your HD-DSLR


posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM EDT


Just as Canon introduced a stabilized f/4 variant to it's traditional 24-70mm f/2.8L zoom lens, the same has happened with their popular 16-35mm full-frame L-series optic with the new Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS. Sacrificing a little bit of light-gathering power with a narrower aperture, Canon instead opted for image stabilization, which not only helps with low-light shooting, but Canon video shooters will undoutbedly appreciate the smoother, less shaky footage when filming off a tripod.

Now, the new Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS lens just left our testing lab, and like most Canon L-glass, it's another impressive lens. Not only is it very well-made, as is typical of L-series lenses, the performance is equally first-rate, particularly if used on an APS-C camera. Overall, the lens is very sharp, especially in the centers, though there is some corner softness on full-frame cameras when shooting wide open. It's another great lens from the "Big C," and for those that don't need the brighter f/2.8 version and want to save $500, the f/4 IS model is a solid choice.

Head on over to SLRgear to read the full Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS review, complete with our in-depth report, final conclusion as well as our full range of test results and sample images.

The Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS is currently available for purchase for around $1,199, and can be purchased at one of our trusted affiliates: Amazon, Adorama and B&H. Purchasing this lens, or any other item, at one of these retailers helps support this site and keeps the reviews coming!

In the meantime, check out some sample photos shot by our senior lens technician Rob Murray using the Canon 1Ds Mark III. You can view more sample photos, plus download the full-resolution files, over at our Flickr page.

Canon 1Ds Mark III: 35mm, f/7.1, 1/250s, ISO 320
Canon 1Ds Mark III: 20mm, f/4, 1/6400s, ISO 800
Canon 1Ds Mark III: 16mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 200