We heard rumors that this lens may be coming down the pipeline and tonight it was made official as Canon announced the new 16-35mm F/4L IS. The first thing you will notice is the addition of IS and the drop from F/2.8 to F/4 from the previous 16-35mm F/2.8L.

I know that many of you are probably not happy about the aperture, but I can maybe see why Canon may have thought that this was ok. Cameras these days are absolutely crazy in low light and high ISO shooting, so in cases where F/4 may have been a detriment before, you could now comfortably shoot and get quality shots. That being said, this lens was definitely made with video in mind, as evident with the addition of Canon’s IS or Image Stabilization.

Canon 16-35mm F/4L IS Specs


  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Two UD and Three Aspherical Elements
  • Fluorine Coating
  • Internal Focusing Ring-Type USM AF Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Water- and Dust-Resistant with Filter
  • Nine-Blade Circular Aperture
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 11″

The lens is currently available for pre-order, at a price of $1,199. I think that is a fair price considering the F/4 aperture.  I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Canon have this over $1,500, so to have it at about $1,200 is nice. If you are interested in pre-ordering this lens you can do so now over on B&H here.

What are your thoughts on this new lens from Canon? Are you upset about the drop from F/2.8 to F/4 or do you think that is a good move? What about the price? Leave a comment below to join the discussion.