Canon 16-35mm f/4.0 L IS is Awesome

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I have had a whole slew of ultra wide zooms over the last 10 years. I shot with a Canon EOS 7d for a while and tried a number of ultra-wides for that camera, including the Tamron SP 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 LD, Tokina ATX 11-16mm f/2.8 and the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5.

When I decided to go “Full Frame” (Full Frame or Crop?). I also had a couple of ultra-wides. I started with the Canon 17-40mm f/4.0L and that was a very good lens. It was sharp and pretty well corrected. As I have mentioned I have always been a fan of fast glass and Canon’s 16-35mm f/2.8L was out there… taunting me. There it was a full stop brighter and even more wide-angle. But that lens is physically quite large and heavy, and optically it is not as clean as the 17-40mm. Even the second generation 16-35mm f/2.8L II is not considered to be a solid performer optically. So I was able to resist that ‘Jonesing’ sensation. Last summer (2014) Canon came out with a new ultra wide-angle lens; the 16-35mm f/4.0L IS. I read the reviews on this new lens and they were overwhelmingly positive. Several magazine reviews suggested this was the sharpest and best corrected ultra-wide angle lens Canon had ever made. Oh no… I suddenly “needed” that lens. So I bought one and sold my venerable 17-40mm L. So how will it perform? After all, Canon has not exactly been the performance leader in the full-frame ultra-wide zoom arena, routinely falling short of arch-rival, Nikon.

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