Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Viggo

EOS 5D SR
Dec 13, 2010
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"I'll ssslap you sssso sssilly" (If you've seen that South Park episode)

 

TWI by Dustin Abbott

EOS 5D MK IV
Oct 4, 2012
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I'm working on a three way shootout between this lens, the 16-35 f/2.8L II, and the Tamron 15-30 VC. My question for you owners: have you been able to do astraphotography successfully with the 16-35mm f/4L IS? I'm a fairly experienced astraphotography shooter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/sets/72157636652265193/ ), but I've been disappointed with every attempt with the 16-35 f/4. On paper it should do well (other than f/4 being less than optimal for light gathering), but....

If you have, what's your trick?
 

cid

"light is defining shape"
Nov 27, 2012
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one of my first attempts with this lens, I shot it shile skiing in Dolomiti when my friends were waiting for me ... so no art to be found in here :)


Right now I'm so happy with this lens I'm considering selling my 24-70 ... ok I know I can't it's too awesome 8)
 

TWI by Dustin Abbott

EOS 5D MK IV
Oct 4, 2012
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mackguyver said:
Dustin, I haven't tried it with this lens, but in terms of focusing, I've always used LiveView at full magnification and manually focused on a bright star in the frame. That's how I've gotten around the Canon infinity focus issue.
I mapped out the position of infinity focus on both 16-35 lenses today. It actually falls right short of of the bar that then becomes a straight line moving towards the infinity symbol - well short of the hard stop.
 

mackguyver

EOS 5D SR
TWI by Dustin Abbott said:
mackguyver said:
Dustin, I haven't tried it with this lens, but in terms of focusing, I've always used LiveView at full magnification and manually focused on a bright star in the frame. That's how I've gotten around the Canon infinity focus issue.
I mapped out the position of infinity focus on both 16-35 lenses today. It actually falls right short of of the bar that then becomes a straight line moving towards the infinity symbol - well short of the hard stop.
That sounds right to me - even in relatively warm (75F) temperatures it seems to fall right around that mark on most of my Canon lenses. The hard stop is always well past infinity and it makes you wonder how extreme the temperatures need to be to get it to that point!
 

matukas

EOS M50
Apr 6, 2012
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TWI by Dustin Abbott said:
I'm working on a three way shootout between this lens, the 16-35 f/2.8L II, and the Tamron 15-30 VC. My question for you owners: have you been able to do astraphotography successfully with the 16-35mm f/4L IS? I'm a fairly experienced astraphotography shooter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/sets/72157636652265193/ ), but I've been disappointed with every attempt with the 16-35 f/4. On paper it should do well (other than f/4 being less than optimal for light gathering), but....

If you have, what's your trick?
Few days back I tried this lens on 7D2 and I made several test shots (30 sec, to get star trails) to find out where the infinity point was @temperature. Just twisted focus ring to end and started slowly to come back from there. Final result was pretty close to infinity mark starting marker (that vertical line).
 

krisbell

EOS 80D
Mar 18, 2014
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I love this lens as it is relatively small, light, cheap and sharp. Here is an example when paired with a Sony a7r (via Metabones adaptor). At 100% you can just about make out what people are doing in the lit rooms of the buildings on the left.

Level43 by Kristian Bell, on Flickr
 

tayassu

EOS RP
Jun 17, 2014
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Just got this gem for my new 5DIII and my first impressions are really good ::)
Will take it out to the river tomorrow, if I get any good pictures, I'll share them here.
Hope to use it in a combo with the 70-300L as a lightweight and flexible setup for landscape and especially mountain photography.