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Canon Releases Two New Wide-Angle Lenses

Caleb Ward

Crop factor? What crop factor? Canon announces two new wide angle lenses.

Building off of their recent  100 million EF lenses milestone, Canon has announced two new lenses that are to be added to the EF line in the very near future. While the lenses aren’t a game changer for the filmmaking world, photographers should definitely take notice. Both the Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM offer wide angles with zoomable focal lengths making them extremely dynamic.

16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Focal Length 16-35mm
F-Stop Range 4 throughout
Stabilization IS
Autofocus Ultrasonic Motor
Crop-Factor Comparison Blackmagic Cinema Camera (38-84mm)BMPCC (46-100mm)ASP-C (25-56mm)

The 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is definitely the most exciting lens to come from Canon’s announcement. Unlike lesser quality lenses, this lens offers a consistent f/4 throughout it’s entire focal spectrum allowing for consistent exposure throughout. The added Image Stabilizer (IS) allows photographers to get back up to 4 shutter speed steps, allowing for longer exposure and subsequently more light. Users can also expect to get a quick and quiet autofocus courtesy of the Ultrasonic Motor (USM).

The lens also comes with two ultra-low dispersion elements, designed to minimize chromatic aberration and color blurring, and when you are getting wide minimizing chromatic aberration is extremely important. Fluorine coatings on the front and back of the lens prevent dust and water from sticking to the lens. While at the same time Special Spectra Coatings minimize ghosting and flare. Canon also promises increased background blur due to the 9-blade circular aperture.

Canon stated that this lens was designed with wedding photographers in mind but we can definitely see potential for photographers who shoot landscapes, architecture or a lot of wide-angle portraits. This lens is not to be confused with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens which retails for about $1,699.

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Focal Length 10-18mm
F-Stop Range 4.5-5.6
Stabilization IS
Autofocus Stepper Motor (STM)
Crop-Factor Comparison Blackmagic Cinema Camera (24-43mm)BMPCC (28-51mm)ASP-C (16-28mm)

In line with the 16-35, the 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM was designed for for getting wide. But unlike the 16-35 the 10-18 was created with cropped APS-C sensors in mind. In fact, when taking a the crop factor into consideration the 10-18 will act very much like a 16-28mm in full-frame terms. The lens features STM technology which allows for quite and continuous focusing. This was designed with amateur videographers in mind as professional filmmakers will probably not be using an auto-focusing system.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM price will be set at $1,199 and the Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM price will be $299.99. Canon states that both lenses will be available in June.

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