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The inclusion of Image Stabilization, incredible corner sharpness and bar-none the best CA performance on corners I’ve ever seen put the Canon 16-35 F4 IS at the top of a very short list of must-get Ultra-Wide Angle Zooms. If you’re a Canon or Sony landscape and/or a travel photographer in the market for a ultra-wide angle zoom, and/or you’re looking to upgrade whatever you currently have, this is the one to get.
Reports of the 16-35 F4 IS performing critically sharp are true. However, based on the results I’m seeing, the reports of the Canon 16-35 F4 blowing the Canon 17-40mm F4 out of the water are false. When it comes to center sharpness the two are nearly identical at every focal length and F-number. When it comes to corner sharpness and CA the Canon 16-35 F4 edges out the 17-40. With over 10,000 images captured so far with the Canon 16-35 F4 and over 200,000 with the Canon 17-40mm F4, I can confidently recommend both without hesitation.
If you’re a travel or documentary photographer, this is also a must get.
If you don’t think you’d use an ultra-wide angle zoom 80% of the time or more, I’d still recommend the 16-35 F4, but you wouldn’t be disappointed with the 17-40. In fact, it’s lighter and smaller form factor may be preferable for only occasional or infrequent use.
From critically sharp center-to-corner performance to incredibly well controlled CA and 2 to 3-stops of Image Stabilization, the Canon 16-35 F4 IS is the king of ultra-wide angle zooms for Canon and A7-series shooters.
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