When I heard Canon had a couple new lenses coming out I of course got a little excited. I love new lenses. My bank account doesn’t but my cameras sure do! Then I found out what they are. Canon 16-35mm F4.0L IS. Interesting & 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM. Maybe?The excitement settled down a little. I like zoom lenses a lot. They are pretty much my go to lenses for faster shooting situations. The Canon 24-105 F4L IS for example is one of the most used lenses in my kit. It’s an all around good lens for handheld and the range is great. The only down side for me is F4. Now the F4 limitation is helpful when you want to keep the weight down and a lens with that range in an f2.8 would be a beast. At 105 f4 doesn’t matter that much since the compression makes the background nice and soft. The new 16-35 F4L IS for example at isn’t that big and heavy but then either is the older 2,8 non IS version. I have it and it’s a very good lens. No IS but at that focal length i’m okay with it. So Canon added image stabilization and thats a nice upgrade especially if you want to go handheld and use a stabilizer of some kind. Canon doesn’t seem to like the idea of using the STM auto focus on L lenses yet. I don’t understand this because the 70D and its very good Dual Pixel AF takes full advantage of the STM auto focus so why doesn’t the the new 16-35 have it?
Speaking of STM the next new release is the Canon 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM. This lens is a bargain. That is if it’s good. it’s priced at $300. I can live with this one not being very fast because it’s a pretty wide lens even for a EF-S Mount. It comes in at 16-28.8mm (35mm Equivalent) Variable f-stop lenses aren’t my favorite but for stills this could be a fun lens to have in the kit. Do I see myself buying either of these. Probably not since I already have this focal length covered, but for $500 more you can get the 16-35 f2.8L and I think it’s worth the extra expense. If not the F4 IS version could be a good choice. One thing that stands out is how thin the focus ring is. Almost looks like a gear for a follow focus.
Canon seems to like this F4L approach so I’m sure we will see more F4L lenses in the future but please put STM on them so they will be nice and fast and quite with Dual Pixel AF.
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