The flood of reviews for the brand new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L are starting to come in. I think the theme of all the reviews is going to be the same. “Yes, it costs a lot, but it’s awesome”. I’m still waiting to receive mine, and watching other people shoot with it is not a good substitute while I wait.
PetaPixel is next with their review of the lens and it includes a lot of sample images.
“The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is heavy and bulky. It is also thrice as costly as the Sigma, which offers slightly narrower focal length and less brightness. However, if image quality (in terms of distortion and sharpness) and flare control is important to you, then there is really no contest between the two lenses. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is an outstanding performer in the rarefied group of ultra-wide SLR zoom lenses, by itself or compared to other super wide zooms.”
Read the full review | Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon
I’m still waiting for my Canon EF 11-24 f/4L to arrive here in snowy Canada, but Keith at Northlight received his and has posted a few real world sample images and some examples of sharpness and how wide 11mm really is. The difference between 14mm and 11mm is pretty substantial as you’ll see. The example showing the corner sharpness is also impressive.
Be sure to post your examples in the forum if you have received your lens already.
See the samples at Northlight
LensRentals.com has completed their initial tests of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. They have come away extremely impressed and they look forward to further testing and most importantly, making images with it.
As you can see, the center t 16mm has an even higher resolution than the two extreme ends, although the edges are just a bit weaker.
But all of that is hair-splitting; this is a remarkable lens. Canon made the widest full-frame rectilinear lens available, and made it with superb image quality throughout the zoom range. Once again, hat’s off to Canon’s lens designers.
Read the full first test | Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon
Professional nature photography Kevin Ebi took some time to write an interesting review of the brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II.
Here is a summary of some of Kevin’s thoughts.
- The Mark II doesn’t zoom quite as far. The extreme telephoto end of the new 100-400 is a little more than 2% shorter than the Mark I.
- There is not a huge difference in image quality at the center of the two generation of lenses, but at the corners, there is less distortion in the Mark II. Sharpness is improved, but it’s not a mind-blowing improvement. (A lot of people on your forums ask how it compares to a 70-200 Mark II with a doubler; it provides a readily visible improvement over that setup.)
- The 100-400 II does suffer a bit from the “onion rings” phenomenon, but I don’t think it ruins any images. In fact, it’s no worse than the 600mm f/4 IS. The weather conditions that allowed me to photograph the phenomenon evaporated fast, so I couldn’t compare it to the Mark I.
- A minimum focusing distance of 3 feet/1 meter may seem overkill for a lens primarily used for wildlife, but it has opened new creative possibilities for me. For birds that you are able to get close to — either through opportunity or through remote rigs — it lets you capture sharp subjects with stunningly beautifully backgrounds.
Read the full review | Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. This is a brand new fast wide angle lens for full frame cameras from Tamron. I have yet to shoot with this lens, but it’s aggressively priced and looks to be a stellar performer.
“Consider me impressed. Tamron has brought a lot of goodness to bear here, and this lens is a serious competitor for the best in its class. Some will find the inability to use traditional filters a deal-breaker, and I will confess this is my primary disappointment. I fully suspect that aftermarket square filter systems will fill that void, just as they have for the Nikkor and the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8. The size will also be a concern for those who are counting the ounces for backpacking and/or travel. But if neither of those things spoil your interest, you will find a lens that is, in my mind, now the most compelling option available if you own a Canon and still very intriguing if you own a Nikon.” Read the full review
Preorder the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC $1199: Adorama | B&H Photo