Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Officially Announced

Canon has officially announced the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. The new wide angle lens is the replacement and the cheaper version for the popular EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens is a wide-angle zoom lens featuring a constant f/4 maximum aperture to provide consistent performance throughout the zoom range. The lens is also Canon’s first ultra-wide L-series lens to feature image stabilisation.

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM has an optical structure includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) elements to minimise chromatic aberration. Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements prevent dust and water drops sticking to each element.

The newly-designed IS system features a number of additional improvements, including gyro sensors for greater accuracy in traditional shooting or when capturing panning motion.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Officially Announced

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Price

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens price is $1,199.00. The wide-angle lens will be available from June 30, 2014.

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Features

Fully compatible with all EOS Digital SLR cameras including full-frame models like the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D Digital SLR cameras, the compact and lightweight EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens offers high image quality and an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed stepsii, making handheld shooting possible in dimly lit scenes where camera shake can occur. In addition, an intelligent CPU in the lens automatically selects the optimal IS mode by recognizing differences between normal handheld shots and panning. This technological advancement supports a greater range of creative expression for photographers in otherwise difficult shooting situations, such as dark indoor scenes where flash photography is prohibited, or in places where a tripod cannot be used, or when shooting at low ISO speeds.

The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features newly developed, high quality Canon optics that incorporate three GMo (Glass-Molded) aspheric lens elements, including a large-diameter aspheric lens, which help improve image quality by correcting aberrations. Two additional UD lens elements help reduce chromatic aberration from edge to edge throughout the entire zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. The lens also features enhanced fluorine lens coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces to repel dust particles and help ensure superb color balance while minimizing ghosting. The inner focusing and ring USM offer silent, fast and accurate autofocusing. Full-time manual focus adjustment is available in autofocus (AF) mode. A nine-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds. A new compact four-group zoom system provides a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m/11 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.23x at the telephoto end for outstanding performance.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 16-35mm f/4.0
Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups
Three aspheric lens elements, Two UD lens elements
Diagonal Angle of View 108°10′-63°
Closest Focusing Distance 0.92 ft./0.28m
Focus Adjustment Inner focus system
Filter Size 77mm
Max. Diameter x Length 3.3 x 4.4 in. / 82.6 x 112.8mm
Weight 21.7 oz. / 615g