Canon 16-35 F4 IS Release Announcement and My Thoughts

Today Canon announced the Canon 16-35 F4 IS wide angle zoom lens. As many of you know I have been waiting for a new wide angle lens to add to my arsenal. First lets talk about the good. The MTF looks rather promising. To learn how to read a MTF chart follow this link. Posted below I have the MTF for the Canon 16-35 2.8 vs the Canon 16-35 F4 IS. The Canon 16-35 F 2.8 Chart is noticably less satisfactory as the new 16-35 F4 IS



The Canon 16-35 F4 MTF Chart looks pretty good! It should be pretty dang sharp!

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After comparing the MTF charts we should see a great improvement in image quality. A Few more differences is that the F4 IS uses a 77mm filter thread, which is similar to the 17-40mm. The new 16-35 is very similar in size but does weigh less than the f2.8 16-35mm. My initial thoughts is that this is not a direct replacement for the 16-35 2.8.

Is this the lens I've been waiting for? No... no it's not. In my opinion I am thinking that this is a replacement to the 17-40mm. I feel that this situation feels very similar to the 24-70's that Canon released not that long ago. Canon first released the 24-70 2.8 II. Everyone was disappointed not to see the IS. Not long after Canon released the 24-70 F4 IS. I think this situation is very similar. The F4 IS version of the lens are about $1000 cheaper than the F2.8 counterpart. I am no way affiliated with Canon, but if I were a betting man, there is going to be another lens introduced in the near future.  I still have high hopes for a 14-24mm F2.8 lens and I think it will be released at a price point about $1000 more than the New Canon 16-35mm F4 IS. Lets keep our fingers crossed. In the mean time, I would love to see some real world examples of this newly announced lens!

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