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

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Key Features

  • 16-35mm focal length
  • 25.6-56mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
  • F4 maximum aperture
  • 0.28m / 11.02" minimum focus
  • Ring-type ultrasonic AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 77mm filters
  • Canon EF mount for full frame, APS-H and APS-C DSLRs

Product Description

Delivering the ultimate combination of wide-angle, low-light performance, L-series optics and compact construction, the new Canon EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM lens is a phenomenal complement to any EOS SLR camera. This L-series ultra wide-angle zoom incorporates an Optical Image Stabilizer, and offers up to four stops of correction for admirable performance even in dim light. It features three aspheric lens elements and two UD lens elements to minimize aberrations throughout the zoom range, plus a fluorine coating that helps to minimize ghosting. A circular 9-blade aperture delivers gorgeous background blur. The EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM features inner focusing and ring USM for accurate, discreet and speedy AF. It also offers full-time manual focus and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.92 ft./0.28m across the entire zoom range. Built to function even in unfavorable weather conditions, the EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM is dust-resistant and water-resistant (when used with an optional Canon PROTECT filter) for professional caliber ultra-wide performance, everywhere.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 16–35 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (up to four stops)
Lens mount Canon EF
Maximum aperture F4.0
Minimum aperture F22.0
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Elements 16
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings 3 aspheric and 2 UD lens elements, plus fluorine coating
Minimum focus 0.28 m (11.02)
Maximum magnification 0.23×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 615 g (1.36 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.25)
Length 113 mm (4.44)
Sealing Yes
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 77 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code EW-82


User Reviews

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  • MichaelVadon, Jun 26, 2014 GMT:
    Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM Short-Take Review and Sample Images

    Canon 16-35 F4 L IS vs Canon 24-70 2.8 II The UPS driver arrived about an hour ago with the Canon 16-35 F/4L IS USM and I did a little bit of driving around taking a few sample photos. All of these wide angle lenses are really tripod lenses. If you try to take a picture at F4 (17-40) or F2.8 (16-35) what you get are soft images in my opinion. You really need a narrower aperture to get that sharp photo. I found the best way to take photos with the non-IS 17-40 was using a tripod. However, not ...

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  • sqit101, Jun 30, 2014 GMT:
    Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6

    Having never owned a "full frame" ultra wide angle zoom, I was hesitant to spend the extra cash on the brand new 16-35 F/4L IS over the 17-40 F/4L. The price difference is pretty significant for what appears to be just adding Image Stabilization (though enough reviews have demonstrated that IS really works). Since I'm not truly convinced of the benefit of IS on an ultra wide angle (either you're on a tripod for landscape or typically you can get a decent handheld shot at 1/30th @ 16mm), I was ...

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  • paul simon king, Jul 7, 2014 GMT:
    very first impressions

    Picked it up today and first thing I noticed is that the BW protector filter I got for it ( yes Im one of those , get over it) is helluva site harder to thread onto the lens. Not usre if its cos the front is plastic not metal - dunno - feels plasticky. the whole lens feels nicely made but not as reassuringly solid as some, I think Il feel a little more timid about scratching this one than other Ive had (virtually all of the Canon lenses under 200m) the 17-40 was an extrenmely good copy that I ...

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  • troutbum96013, Jul 9, 2014 GMT:
    Looking Good

    Here is my first photo using this lens. Its not a true test, but that will come later. I used a Canon 5D3 and totally auto settings, ie, Scene Intelligence, with a focus point of the fire place. The camera set the ISO at 2000, which is way more than I would usually do. Still, the overall color is a very accurate reproduction of my Great Room. Even at f/4, its very sharp. The only adjustment I made was in Photoshop Elements to lower the noise due to the high ISO. No other adjustments were ...

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Questions & Answers


Image Stabilization helfpul for shooting from hip shots?

Upgrading from 7D to 5DMK3 soon, and will have to replace my Tokina 11-16mm crop sensor lens. I shoot primarily small animals at a wildlife sanctuary and dog rescues i volunteer at. 70% still/30% video.  I take a lot of "shoot from the hip" type pics of small animals, not using viewfinder...aiming and shootings near the ground.  The other shots I use  the viewfinder normally.  Can the IS be helpful for any movement in subject, and aim/shoot pics...for example wolf pups playing at close range? I understand not for fast sports.

Sven Ames asked
3 months ago


IS is useful for reducing the affects of camera shake.  It has no affect on reducing affects from subject movement. Some Canon lenses offer a "Sport" or "Panning" mode.  In this mode, the lens understands that you are panning, perhaps in an attempt to follow a moving subject.  In this mode, the IS system will not try to cancel out the panning motion. If you currently are having issues with holding the camera still, then IS can be helpful.  If your issues are that the subjects are moving, then IS is not a solution. Continue Reading

Michael Fryd answered
3 months ago

IS ,  VR or OS  or whatever you call image stabilization is only useful for camera shake caused by the photographer  not for subject movement.   This means at slower shutter speeds movement in your subject be it a moving animal or person will cause blurring of the subject only.   Your background will be sharp however with camera shake (your whole photo is blurred) then OS will assist in getting a overall sharp photo at lower  shutter speeds.   Only faster shutter speeds will cause a sharper subject that is moving.   Often some blurring to indicate movement is a good thing in a photo. Continue Reading

lmleyn answered
1 month ago

The IS is always helpful, if you're using it appropriately.  Why do you understand that it's not for "fast sports?"  You better tell Canon that its Mode 3 IS development was completely worthless!  IS is not useful "for any movement in subject" because the IS can't affect the object being photographed.  IS does help to improve focusing.  By using IS and AI Servo focusing, the chance of getting an in-focus frame is better.  If you need to photograph animals that are moving around a floor, you really need to look through the viewfinder and watch what you're focusing on, and preferably use a flash to freeze the motion instead of relying on shutter speed to get a few lucky frames in a burst. Continue Reading

ARShutterbug answered
3 months ago


Security of photo gear in Madagascar

I'm travelling to east of Madagascar (Masoala, Andasibe, Berenty) in near future and wondering how about security when taking photo gear with me (backpack, tripod etc.). I have read about robberies in this country, especially in the cities, in the night and on main roads between cities in the southern part of the country. Does anyone have (recently) experience with Madagascar? How big is the risk of beeing attacked? And how to avoid / minimize risks?

caneos asked
13 days ago


Firstly, this post is in the wrong forum. Try the Open Talk forum. Secondly, take the usual precautions when travelling, and ask at your hotel about unsafe areas etc. Continue Reading

jetals answered
9 days ago

Yup.  I'd put this in the Travel forum (or maybe the Open one, I guess). I never had any problems in Madagascar, although I have no idea if the situation there has changed in the past few years.  I'd almost certainly never photograph after dark unless there were at least 2 others in my group.  The only place I felt unsafe during daylight hours in Africa was in Zimbabwe, and that was only in a few of the smaller towns, where there were zero other white faces around, and where tourists rarely went. Continue Reading

santamonica812 answered
8 days ago


Full Frame: F2.8 vs. F4?

This is about zooms: 16-35, 24-70, and 70-200. Canon is unique in offering both F2.8 and F4 versions. Nikon only has F2.8. Sony FE (the new A7 models) are only F4. But there are differences: 1) While the 70-200 has IS for both apertures, the F4 has for the 16-35 and the 24-70. For low light stills, IS may provide 2-4 F-stops more light with a slower shutter speed (although with more motion blur of a moving subject) while the F2.8 is just one F-stop faster. For low light stills, F4 IS would seem to be preferable. 2) F2.8 will produce a slightly shorter DOF. It is the same difference as using the same F2.8 lens on an APS-C (e.g. 7D) vs. full frame: F4 full-frame DOF = F2.8 APS-C DOF. Does that really matter, especially at lower focal lengths which generally have a long DOF? 3) A lens or camera isn't very useful unless you have it with you. The two 16-35s are about the same weight (the new Tamron 15-30 F2.8 VC is nearly double), the F4 24-70 IS is about 1/2 pound lighter, but the F4 ...

DavidNJ100 asked
2 days ago


Answer: Review your own research, compare your needs to the data you have gathered, and make a decision. Continue Reading

Rick Knepper answered
2 days ago

Agreed, those are the three that we all want. As for the weight of the 70-200 2.8 IS II, it rarely comes off of my camera because I absolutely love shooting with it. The weight is only an excuse mostly for those that can't have it. Continue Reading

Blessed answered
1 day ago

David, You have some good questions, but I'll just say this first: I'm never short of amazed how much money I see being spent on things that so often make so little difference and so often purely on the quest to have "the best". I have seen insane amounts of money spent on gear that first gets used only to take pictures of ducks and squirrels, and then ends up on Craigslist with the description "Mint condition! Only used three times!" I don't see this just every so often... I see it a LOT! Now, with that brief editorial out of the way, I'll address a few of your issues. First, the 70-200 lenses. Yes, you are correct that IS can help 2-4 stops for still subjects. You are also correct that moving subjects will blur at low shutter speeds. So what does that mean for you? Well, if you shoot still subjects and that extra stop of bokeh is not worth a cool thousand, then the f4 might be good for you. We actually own both the f2.8 and f4 IS versions. Wedding photographers probably end up ... Continue Reading

1 day ago
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