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

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dmurphey
dmurphey Junior Member • Posts: 37
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM quick review

.Just did a quick new comparison between the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens (June 2014 release) to the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Why the Canon 35mm f/2? Because it’s the sharpest wide angle I own.

The 35mm is clearly much sharper on the borders and corners than both zooms. Comparing the zooms, center crops look about the same, but the corners are really improved on the 16-35 f4.

I posted cropped images and descriptions to my website: http://www.davidmurphey.com/canon-ef-16-35mm-f4-usm-lens-review

Aloha,
Dave

Shot with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

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Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM quick review

the great weakness of 17-40 is corners and not as much the sides/borders.  would be useful to see the stopped down difference between the new lens and 17-40 in the corner.

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Joachim Gerstl
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Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM quick review

dmurphey wrote:

.Just did a quick new comparison between the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens (June 2014 release) to the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Why the Canon 35mm f/2? Because it’s the sharpest wide angle I own.

The 35mm is clearly much sharper on the borders and corners than both zooms. Comparing the zooms, center crops look about the same, but the corners are really improved on the 16-35 f4.

I posted cropped images and descriptions to my website: http://www.davidmurphey.com/canon-ef-16-35mm-f4-usm-lens-review

Aloha,
Dave

Shot with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

Thank you for the good comparison. This is what I was waiting for. Finally a good super wide angle zoom from Canon.

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Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM quick review

Should have been clearer in my writing.  Sorry.  The test was down at f/8.  That's about the best you're going to get out of both lenses.

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bronxbombers4 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,387
Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM quick review

dmurphey wrote:

Should have been clearer in my writing. Sorry. The test was down at f/8. That's about the best you're going to get out of both lenses.

surprised you got such bad borders at 35mm f/8 from the 16-35 f/4 IS (of course it's a complex scene and placement of focusing depth makes a HUGE difference, so it may all be down to just that)

here is a full image sample I took with 16-35 f/4 IS at 35mm f/8:

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3866/14374449498_905b8368a5_o.jpg

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The best thing about this lens is that it has flooded the used market with "old" but still wonderful 17-40mm f4 lenses. I got one and haven't found a reason to have bought the 16-35mm version instead.

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bronxbombers4 wrote:

surprised you got such bad borders at 35mm f/8 from the 16-35 f/4 IS (of course it's a complex scene and placement of focusing depth makes a HUGE difference, so it may all be down to just that)

If he focused in the center, then the corners are slightly OOF.

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bronxbombers4 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,387
Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM quick review

Just another Canon shooter wrote:

bronxbombers4 wrote:

surprised you got such bad borders at 35mm f/8 from the 16-35 f/4 IS (of course it's a complex scene and placement of focusing depth makes a HUGE difference, so it may all be down to just that)

If he focused in the center, then the corners are slightly OOF.

yeah although the prime pulled it off anyway, so it would be more than perhaps he ended up focusing the 16-35 just a trace deeper into the scene, it might just be that, i've been noticing how sensitivty these tests are, just a little difference in placement of focus and stuff can happen that can make it be hard to sure if it is the lens or the focus placement

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