Review: Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM (Canon EF)

If you were to tell me that I would honestly fall in love with a Canon lens like the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM earlier this year, I would’ve told you that I’ve had my heart broken by the company many times in the past few years since the Canon 5D Mk III came out. But when I had the chance to play with the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM, I was rather excited by its output. Not because Canon flew me and a bunch of other journalists out to the Hot Air Balloon festival in New Mexico, but because when it was first announced I was honestly intrigued. The lens is billed as being completely and totally rectilinear–and when bringing the images into Adobe Lightroom, Adobe’s algorithms seemed to agree.

As one of the company’s wide angle zoom lens options, this is a lens designed for architecture, real estate, and landscape photographers. Instilled with Canon’s weather sealing present in most L lenses, it’s an optic that you’re bound to enjoy if you love shooting wide.

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DXOMark: Canon’s 40mm f2.8 is Sharper than 11-24mm f4 L

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DXOMark hasn’t been kind to Canon; and their latest tests are even more brutal. According to the site’s findings, there are many lenses that score higher numbers and are overall much sharper. One of DXOMark’s favorite lenses is the 100mm f2–and when you look at the sharpness you can see that the 40mm f2.8 STM is scoring higher digits. Sure, these lenses can’t totally be compared in terms of what they’re capable of, but what ever happened to the idea that L glass is superior to all others? Photographers still buy into that idea even though we know it’s not necessarily true.

Even more embarrassing: the company’s 50mm f1.8 II rates in higher than the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM.

Despite it being a completely new lens, it rates nowhere near many other new offerings. Sony, Zeiss, Sigma and Nikon seem to dominate the top 10 on the list. To Canon’s credit, nothing that is remotely close and a full frame lens is available for comparison on the site. The closest competitor would be the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, which we just got in for review.

Also, do keep in mind that these numbers are qualitative and don’t at all affect someone’s creativity.

 

DigitalRev Plays with the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM

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Kai over at DigitalRev had a chance to play with Canon’s new 11-24mm f4 L USM lens and he seems to believe that it isn’t so great for street photography. Why? It’s really wide, he states. In fact, he believes that it sees around corners (really, but not really) and you need to get very close to a subject.

To do the tests, he goes to tiny little shops in Hong Kong with the big lens–then believes that the images that it can get are awesome.

While it can create awesome images, Kai still believes that you need to use the wide angle lens to fill the scene with interesting things to look at. The video is after the jump.

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