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Canon 16-35mm f4.0 IS L

Canon 16-35mm f4.0 IS L and Canon-17-40mm f4.0 L. © Photoscotland.net 2011. Do not use without permission

Having used the excellent Canon 17-40mm f4.0 L lens for most of my landscape photography since 2006, I have now upgraded to the rather superb Canon 16-35mm f4.0 IS L lens. Until this lens came along I had no intention of considering another wide-angle lens from Canon, with the exception of the TS-E 17mm f4.0 L and Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, two lenses which I have dreamt of owning. The 16-35mm f4.0 IS L lens, however, got my attention when it was announced recently, and was proclaimed as Canon’s finest ultra wide-angle zoom lens to date, with superior optics to the 17-40mm f4.0 L and indeed the 16-35mm f2.8 L II.

The first thing I noticed about 16-35mm f4.0 IS L compared with my 17-40mm f4.0 L when I received it is the increase in length compared with the 17-40mm f4.0, as shown on my side by side comparison image above, it’s little heavier than the 17-40mm, too. The build quality feels the same as the 17-40mm, quite solid and is resistant to dust and water. I love the lens hood on this lens as it is much slimmer than the 17-40mm making it easier to store. The lens hood also has a little push tab that locks the hood in place and removing the hood requires pushing the tab. The 4 stop image stabilization is a nice feature to have especially in places where a tripod might be prohibitive or in situations where you do not have time to set up a tripod and just have to grab and go.

Shortly after receiving the lens I promptly set off down to the West coast as the weather forecast was looking good for a nice Sunset. The Sunset was not spectacular as I had wished for but I didn’t care anyway as I was eager to take some photos to see how the lens compared with my 17-40mm f4.0 L, and to examine the RAW files at 100% when I got back home. The image below is the one from the coast, 118 second exposure at f16, ISO 100, 20mm. Even before doing a comparison with my 17-40mm lens, I knew this lens was optically superior when viewing my coastal image.

I preferred the warm white balance that I had set in camera for this shot.

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To try and find out the optical quality of this lens compared with my 17-40mm f4.0 L lens, I decided to take a series of test shots (full res files available below) at various apertures and focal lengths and then compare them side by side. The settings for each lens were: 16mm, 17mm, 35mm, 40mm and f4.0, f8.0 and f16. shot with mirror lockup and tripod mounted. Please note, there is slight CA (chromatic aberration) exhibiting from the far left of the 16-35mm f4.0 IS L images and none from the 17-40mm f4.0, even though the lens aberration correction is enabled in camera, I think this is because Canon has not released the 16-35mm f4.0 IS L lens data for DPP yet. All these images have been processed in Canon’s DPP with the same settings for each image. These samples are only to show the sharpness across the frame and are not useful for comparing vignetting or CA, due to the varying light.

Click on links below and “save as”. These images are for personal inspection only and not to be used on other websites or publications without my permission.

16/17mm f4.0 comparison 35/40mm f4.0 16/17mm f8.0 35/40mm f8.0 16/17mm f16 35/40mm f16

As you can see with the full resolution sample images, the 16-35mm shows much better detail right across the frame to the edges with better contrast too, although at f16 and at 16/17mm, the difference is much less pronounced.

I’m very happy with this lens so far and think it’s a worthy upgrade to my 17-40mm f4.0 L lens, but at twice the price of the 17-40mm, (£1,199.00 UK prices) it’s not twice as good! Shop around or wait till the price falls. Amazon have it in stock for £682

Update: I have 100% crops of the above samples which you can roll over below with your mouse to check the extreme corners of the 16-35 and 17-40

Canon 16-35 f4.0 16mm @f4. mouse over for 17-40mm @ f4
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Canon 16-35 f4.0 16mm @f8. mouse over for 17-40mm @ f8
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Canon 16-35 f4.0 16mm @f16. mouse over for 17-40mm @ f16
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Loch Lomond Canvas Prints

           The spellbinding Milarrochy Bay tree partially submerged on the East bank shore of Loch Lomond.

          This photograph of the Milarrochy tree was shot after a few days of heavy rain during the late afternoon at Loch Lomond. For this particular
          image I decided to take a long exposure totaling 154 seconds at f13 using an ND filter, I also used a polarizing filter to  show and bring out the detail
          of the pebbles under the water, as seen in the image below.

          This is just one of many photographs of the Milarrochy Bay tree at Loch Lomond which you will find in my portfolio taken at different times of the
          day and all through the seasons.

          Please click on the image below for a larger view. To purchase and select print options please click HERE

          More photographs of the Milarrochy Bay tree and Loch Lomond below. Click on images for larger preview and to purchase a print.




Manfrotto 190XPRO3 Tripod

Having used the excellent Manfrotto 055PROB tripod for over 5 years for my landscape photography, I decided to look for something more manageable as the weight and height increase with my Manfrotto 300n panoramic head attached made it a little cumbersome for landscape outings that required walking a long distance. I wanted something that was as sturdy as the 055PROB but with reduced weight and height, I soon found my requirements in the Manfrotto 190XPRO3, (the new series). The height is 7 cm shorter and 0.4kg lighter than the 055PROB tripod, and when the legs are fully extended with my 300n and 410 attached, the camera is at my eye level now without me having to tip-toe or  adjust the legs as with the 055.

New features I like about the 190xpro3 are the easy to use quick lock system, which enable you to extend each leg fully with one hand without having to unlock each leg section individually, which is also very easy to use especially if wearing gloves in cold environments. The tripod also has a bubble level which can be rotated around the center column when required, making leveling much easier.  The 190XPRO3 has an Easy Link connector for attaching accessories such as LED lights, flash and reflector.  I have not had the need to use this easy link connector for the photography I do, and doubt I will, but I can see its potential use for macro photography and studio photography.

Overall the Manfrotto 190XPRO3 is a worthy replacement for my aging, but otherwise excellent and trusty 055prob tripod.


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