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L glass

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Canon’s got a bevy of new products in the pipeline, and one of them is the lens you see here. The 11-24mm f4 L USM joins a family of f4 L glass, and it’ll be the lens of choice for many architectural and event photographers. While this lens will work with any EOS camera, it’s been designed to work best on full-frame cameras, particularly Canon’s new behemoths: the 5DS and 5DS R.

The 11-24mm f4 has a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches, and it sports 16 elements in 11 groups, four of which are aspherical to help reduce distortion throughout the zoom range. It also has a Super-UD (Ultra-low dispersion) element and an UD element to knock out chromatic aberration.

The lens also comes with a 9-blade aperture, and while it’s hard to get any bokeh worth writing home about with a lens this wide, we’re sure that you’ll get something good if you can get close enough. The 11-24mm also comes with improved autofocus, which’ll be a boon for anyone photographing events, concerts and the like.

This lens will arrive later this month for $2,999.00.

My first lens review with The Phoblographer was on the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. I truly enjoyed shooting with that lens and if I was in the market for an 85mm prime, Sigma would get my money. An 85mm lens is great for portraits but I, like many other people, find 50mm to be a more useful focal length for everyday shooting. Luckily for me, Sigma offered to lend me the 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM to test out. If this performs as good as its 85mm sibling, my wallet may be lighter by the end of this review. [click to continue…]