Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens Review: Canon pulls out all the stops for massive ultra-wide zoom


posted Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:04 PM EDT

Prior to the release of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L lens, the widest full-frame rectilinear lens Canon offered was a 14mm f/2.8L II prime lens; and for a zoom, it's a pair of 16-35mm L zoom lenses. If you wanted a wider field of view, you found yourself pretty much in fisheye territory and all the exaggerated distortion that comes with it. However, Canon has gone rather extreme with the new 11-24mm, which is now the world's widest rectilinear lens for a full-frame camera, with a 126-degree angle of view, at the time of this review.

Earlier, we posted an extensive first impressions look at this lens with a large batch of real-world gallery images, and our initial reaction was that this is one heck of a lens. The images looked excellent, and the 11mm focal length allowed us to create rather comically-wide photographs. In the hands of a dedicated professional photographer or cinematographer, this lens can undoubtedly create some beautiful, striking images. Now, we've had the chance to run this lens through the gamut in our testing lab, and the results are in.

The image quality for such a wide angle lens is nothing if not impressive. Even on a full-frame camera, the corners were surprisingly good. Other optical qualities were on-par with what we expected for a ultra-wide-angle lens. This rather heavy peice of glass, all in all, is an excellent lens that offers an extremely wide-angle view, making it a key piece of gear for pro landscape and architectural photographers.

For all the details from our in-depth review, including our analysis of both full-frame and APS-C image quality as well as handling and AF performance, head over for our Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L lens review!

While the lens is far from budget-friendly, if it's right up your alley, it's currently available for pre-order with a price around $2,999. Check out Amazon, Adorama or B&H for more info on ordering. Buying this lens, or any other item, at one of these trusted affiliates helps support this site and keeps these reviews coming!

In the meantime, you can check out some real-world sample photos shot on the Canon 5D Mark III below, or see a  full selection of photos by visiting the Canon 5D III Gallery page and scrolling down until you see images with "11-24mm" in the title.

1/250s / f/14 / ISO 200 / 24mm
1/30s / f/5 / ISO 800 / 11mm / +0.3EV
1/160 / f/14 / ISO 125 / 17mm

Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens Review